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The great thing about my job is that it allows me tell Utah's story in so many ways, from showing off our spectacular locations to boasting about our experienced film crew and professional support services. And judging from recent scouts and production calls, Utah remains on the radar of Hollywood studios and indie filmmakers. But don't just take my word for it, check out this video with producers and directors talking about their experiences of filming here.

In April Derek Mellus and Bega Metzner (Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission) and I attended the annual Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Locations Show in Burbank, CA. Over 200 producers, filmmakers and locations scouts stopped by our booth over the course of two days, giving us an invaluable opportunity to speak about Utah and discuss potential projects. We met with 40 groups including independent producers and executives from Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Disney, Universal, Fox and Warner Bros. We had great conversations with all, including the team behind Disney’s latest series, Andi Mack, who confirmed that they will be back in Salt Lake this summer to film Season 2!

Each project that we welcome is taken on with the impact on the state in mind and I want to extend a big thanks to our legislators for believing in the work we are doing. This legislative session, we received $1.5 million in ongoing funds for our Motion Picture Incentive Program. The additional funding is particularly exciting for us as we plan to continue our new Community Film Incentive Program, as well as attract more television series to our state.

Update Your Listing for a Chance to Win.

It's that time of year again.We're asking all of you that are registered the Utah Film Directory as a crew person or a support service, to update your listing by July 1, 2017.

This is an easy process that will only take a few minutes. Simply login, review and update your listing, saving it to complete the update. .

When you update your listing, you will be automatically entered to win a snazzy UFC Cotapaxi backpack

If for any reason you need assistance or have questions with updating your listing, please contact Melissa Jackson via e-mail or by phone at 801.538.8740.

Any listings that haven't been updated by July 1, 2017 will be removed from the database. If you're registered in the Film Directory, you will also receive email reminders to update. 

Time Freak shoots in SLC

We stopped by the set of Time Freak to visit the cast and crew. It’s great to see productions enjoying their time in Utah and follow these projects as they come to fruition. The romantic sci-fi will star Asa ButterfieldSkyler Gisondo and Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner.

The Jade Pendant

The Jade Pendant filmed in Utah with its primary location being a large "western" town. The set was built specifically for the film which doubled as 1870's Los Angeles and San Francisco. Crimson Forest Entertainment will be releasing the Chinese feature across North America.

 

Extinct Trailer

The new BYUtv sci-fi series Extinct doesn't come out until this October, but you can feast your eyes on the trailer. Produced by Go Films, the show stars Chad Michael Collins and Victoria Atkin with episodes being directed by Ryan Little and Scott Swofford.

 

 

Encouraging the Next generation of Filmmakers

Utah High School Film Festival

In April, we sponsored the Utah High School Film Festival, the largest of its kind in the nation, with 500 students from 25 schools in 5 counties attending the event at Salt Lake Community College. Virginia Pearce, director of the UFC delivered the keynote speech, giving insight into the world of film and helping students from all walks of life navigate successfully pursuing a career in the arts

Spy Hop, a local youth media organization, has been mentoring Utah’s young people in the digital media arts since 1999. This month, we attended their Annual Benefit, named “Best Arts Fundraiser” by City Weekly. It is Spy Hop’s largest fundraising event and a great opportunity to hear from and celebrate Utah’s creative youth. All money raised during the night goes directly back into supporting their programs.

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A Local News Round-up of the 2017 Festival de Cannes

A Local News Round-up of the 2017 Festival de Cannes

Written By Debra Vago Photo: Wind River director Taylor Sheridan, staring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen From made-in-Utah productions to made-in-Utah stars, we can’t contain our excitement with all the Utah-focused news coming out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  We were so proud to see two feature films that were shot in Utah and premiered at our very own …

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New UFC Team Member Callye Cleverly

Please join us in welcoming Callye, who will be taking on the role of Film Incentive Manager. A Utahn since 1999, Callye is a dog-mom with a passion for data and process. If her life were a film genre, it would be a dark comedy with a soundtrack of questionable British pop music. Callye’s focus is industry analysis, managing incentive applications, tracking and compiling data and pinpointing new ways of working. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as Compliance Auditor at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Moab

Volkswagen’s “America” campaign featuring Monument Valley

This month VW released an eight-part advertising campaign to promote its largest ever U.S. vehicle, with the tagline, “Life’s as big as you make it”. Ranging from 15 seconds to 90 seconds in length, the commercials center on a three-generation family journeying across the U.S. in the all-new VW Atlas. The family stops along the way to encounter some of the country’s most beautiful scenery and iconic landmarks, including the spectacular Monument Valley

CNBC’s “Adventure Capitalists” shoots in Moab

CNBC has just finished filming two episodes of its “Adventure Capitalists” series in and around Moab. The investment show gives entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their product in the environment it’s designed for - the great outdoors! The series is set to air on CNBC mid-August.

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AtoZion (Washington County)

WestJet Airlines filmed a massive promotional campaign in the southwest desert of Utah. The production needed to show a giant lit "spinning wheel" so those on a WestJet flight en-route to Las Vegas could see it from 12,000 ft. Not only did they accomplish the massive feat, but broke two world records while doing it. Check out the promotional spot and the video of how they did it.

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