Highlighting Local Filmmakers

Over the past year, we have been diligently working on several key ways to encourage our talent pipeline and workforce development. As we continue to grow as an industry, it is vital that we find new ways to bring new people into our work, in either above or below the line roles.

In that vein, we were excited to sponsor several events in November that gave new voices a chance to be heard. The Park City Film Series’ 13th Annual Filmmakers Showcase allowed local filmmakers the opportunity to screen films highlighting some unique stories from our local film community. Spy Hop also premiered four new films from their award-winning film program, PitchNic. I was blown away by the talent in these films that were written, directed, and produced by Utah teens. This organization continues to be one to watch!

I’d like to call on all of you already working in the industry to engage when you can with these emerging filmmakers. We may be reaching out to many of you to help with apprenticeships, mentoring opportunities, and master classes that are part of our new Next Level Program. You are our strongest partners, and we need you!

If you missed these events in November, you still have a chance to catch the Utah Film Grad Showcase on Dec. 4th to see the latest work from some of the best new voices in Utah. We hope to see you there!


On November 20th, we launched the Next Level Grant Program which provides funding and footing for local directors and producers. When deciding which projects to support, we are looking for filmmakers that exude enthusiasm for their project and their invaluable ability to tell stories. Utah Film Commission Director, Virginia Pearce, said: “The Next Level Grant Program is a first for us. This is our way of giving a small boost to emerging filmmakers to get them to the next step in their career, which could be anything from startup costs to finishing funds for their project. We strongly believe in developing careers for our Utah filmmakers here at home.”

Up to five filmmakers will qualify for the Next Level Program in 2019, with each grantee awarded $2,000 to support a project. In addition to the funding, the recipients will receive a one-year membership at the Utah Film Center’s Artist Foundry, access to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, as well as access to Sundance Institute’s Co//ab Artist Network. Applicants must be Utah residents, over the age of 18, and must be a director or producer on the project. For full details, including application criteria, visit https://film.utah.gov/nextlevel/.


We're thrilled to announce that we've added a new team member to our staff! Christina Martin joins us as our new Marketing and Communications Manager. Most recently, Christina worked at University of Utah Health in program management, but previously she was at Sundance Institute for 10 years in Corporate Development.


The LDS Medical Simulation Center was used as one of the filming locations of 'Prescription for Love'. The Simulation Center is located in the Avenues near Memory Grove Park and has proved to be a great location to film medical/hospital scenes.
Silver Peak Productions is based out of Orem, Utah and has produced various made-in-Utah feature films. We recently made it over to the LDS Hospital to visit Director Brian Brough's film set for 'Prescription for Love'. Brough is very involved in the Utah film community and has produced the made-in-Utah production, 'In Emma's Footsteps'. Written by Brittany Wiscombe, 'Prescription for Love' is a romance/drama that stars Jillian Murray and Trevor Donovan.


YuleTube: Your Guide to 2018's Christmas TV Listings, Deseret News
Utah Film Commission Launches Grant Program to Support Local Talent, Cache Valley Information
Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ Tween Series Takes On Gun Safety In Upcoming Storyline, Deadline
Park City Filmmakers Showcase Spotlights Utah Indies, Park Record
Sundance 2019 Announces Full Features Lineup, Including Premieres and Competition, IndieWire



Time Freak: In theaters November 9th
Shoelaces for Christmas: December 2nd on BYUTV
Damsel: Available on DVD and Digital
Yellowstone: Available on Blu-Ray and DVD December 4th on Amazon


Utah Grad Film Showcase: December 4th
PA Certification Workshop: January 7th
MPAU Networking Event (Lake Effect): January 10th
2019 Sundance Film Festival: January 24th - February 3rd

Check out the UFC Event Calendar
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