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With 2018 winding to an end, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on some of the year’s highlights and also send a big shout out to all of the talented people who worked in film this past year. An estimated $63 million was spent in state this year and 16 diverse productions received film incentives to shoot in Utah, including features, documentaries and television series from in-state and out-of-state producers. Consequently, over 1,300 local jobs were created and over 550 film permits were issued across the state.

The year kicked off at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with four Utah-made premieres, including the critically-acclaimed horror feature film, Hereditary. Major network productions returned to film in Utah including Paramount Networks' Yellowstone, HBO's Westworld, and Disney Channel's Andi Mack. These three projects alone highlight our diverse landscapes and talented crew from around the state.

We have made a goal of developing opportunities for Utah filmmakers here at home which is why we are focusing on providing funding and training for local filmmakers within our Next Level Program. In 2018 alone, we launched the Next Level Grant Program to support local directors and producers through 2019 and created an apprenticeship program with Disney Channel's Andi Mack.

Thanks to everyone who worked on a film of any size this year. We’re lucky to have so much talent in the state and I’m looking forward to a busy and eventful New Year!

To read more about 2018 in review, click here.


Utah Film Commission has been working with Disney Channel's Andi Mack television series to provide an on-set apprenticeship with 1st Assistant Director Troy Rohovit. Over 40 production assistants applied for the apprenticeship and two were offered the two-week experience of joining the crew on set. Both Jon Van Sickle and Kalie Pead completed the apprenticeship and described their experiences as being rewarding, enlightening, and stimulating.

Apprenticeship mentor Troy Rohovit stated, "The 1st A.D. Apprentice program that we put together with the hard work of the Utah Film Commission was an amazing success. Both Kalie Pead and Jon Van Sickle were perfect candidates for the program. It was such a pleasure being able to give back to the film industry here in Utah and to have the opportunity to pass on some of my thirty years of experience to the next generation of Utah filmmakers." Both Jon and Kalie had similar experiences and said that the apprenticeship provided them with an understanding of production that can never be learned in the classroom. To read the full interview with Jon and Kalie, click here.

We would like to give a special thanks to Troy Rohovit and Marcie Gibboney. Without them, the apprenticeship would never have come to fruition.
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Pictured above, Troy Rohovit and Jon Van Sickle


The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner and will be taking place January 24th to February 3rd in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Sundance, UT. If you're planning to visit Park City, stop by to see us at the Festival Co-op. The venue is located at 608 Main Street and will be our permanent residence during the Festival. We will be highlighting our Utah Film Tour by providing a hands-on look at classic films that have been made throughout Utah.

We will also be announcing our Next Level Grant Program Round 1 grantees on January 28th during the Festival! We'd like to thank everyone who applied to the Next Level Grant Program Round 1 and we are still encouraging filmmakers to apply for the Next Level Grant Program Round 2.


The Utah Film Critics Association 2018 Awards, Salt Lake Magazine
Hallmark's 'Christmas Made to Order' Was Filmed in This Cozy Bed and Breakfast, Country Living
Here's What It's Really Like on the Set of a Hallmark Christmas Movie, Glamour
8 Christmas movies filmed in Utah County you should watch, Daily Herald
Here are all the Hallmark, Hollywood and independent Christmas movies filmed in Utah, Deseret News
Utah: The Sundance Hits, NZ Herald
The Christmas Capital, Utah Business


Christmas Made to Order: Available on Hallmark Channel
Little Women: Available on DVD and Digital
Damsel: Available on DVD and Digital
Yellowstone: Available on Blu-Ray and DVD


MPAU Networking Event (Lake Effect): January 10th
An Evening with Utah Creative Women: January 17th
Sundance Film Festival: January 24th - February 3rd
Next Level Grant Program Grantee Announcement: January 28th

Check out the UFC Event Calendar
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