2024: 100 Years of Utah Film & Television

Oct 24, 2023
On the set of "The Covered Wagon" (1924) / Paramount Pictures

2024 will be 100 years since the first movies filmed in Utah premiered and also the 50th anniversary of the Utah Film Commission, formed in 1974. We will celebrate these milestones with a year of exhibits, events, and film screenings. Many cities and counties around the state share a part of our early filmmaking history and during this Anniversary year — we will celebrate all of the people, locations, and productions that have made Utah. America’s Film Set.

Below are ways for you to get involved and participate in the celebration.


FOCUS on the fUTure Film Festival

Celebrate 100 Years of Utah filmmaking by submitting a film to the FOCUS on the fUTure Film Festival for the next generation of Utah filmmakers.  This film festival is open to all filmmakers that are Utah residents either 18-25 years of age or students currently enrolled / recent graduates of Utah colleges or universities. Now Accepting Submissions! Learn more

Exhibition

From January 12 — December 31, 2024, the Utah Film Commission is hosting an exhibition on the 4th floor of the Utah State Capitol celebrating 100 years of Utah Film & Television inspired by James V. D’Arc’s When Hollywood Came to Utah. Visit Today!

Traveling Exhibitions Program

The Utah Film Commission is working with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums to curate an extension of the 100 Years of Utah Film & Television exhibition to travel throughout the state of Utah. The traveling exhibit will be available to locations that are free and open to the public, including museums, arts & cultural centers, colleges, universities, community centers, libraries, schools, etc. Interested in hosting the traveling exhibit in your community? Learn more 

Find traveling exhibits in the calendar of events below.

Utah Historical Film Trail

The Utah Historical Film Trail will take travelers off the beaten path to discover the landscapes that have drawn some of the most accomplished filmmakers of the last 100 years to Utah and you will soon learn why we say Utah. America’s Film Set.® More details coming in 2024.

Discover the films and locations that make Utah a favorite destination for filmmakers.

Iconic Film Screenings

Celebrate the cinematic storytelling by watching some of our most loved films. Stay tuned for details about events happening across the state throughout 2024. 

Get connected with the Utah Film Commission and stay up-to-date on the latest news about events during the 100 Years of Utah Film & Television celebration by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

#BacontoPayson Fundraiser

In 1983-1984, filming for the movie Footloose took place in Payson, Utah and its surrounding community. Payson High School (featured prominently in the movie) is dedicating its 2023-2024 school year to celebrating the 40th anniversary of Footloose, along with the memories, stories, and legends that were created during production.

As part of that celebration, Payson High School is organizing a fundraiser to donate to Kevin Bacon’s charitable foundation, SixDegrees.org to give back something of what the movie has given to Payson. This fundraiser will take the form of essential resource kits to be distributed to local charities, and we need your help to raise money for supplies! This effort will aid the larger goal of SixDegrees.org of creating 40,000 kits to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Footloose while also benefitting our local communities. Donate today!


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