Earlier this month, I joined a host of producers, distributors, film commissioners and other Hollywood insiders for a ‘Power Brunch’ honoring the industry's top physical production executives. The event was curated by AFCI (the Association of Film Commissioners International) and The Hollywood Reporter and, in its first year, saw a turnout of over 115 senior production studio execs.

Warner Bros., Bad Robot, Amazon, Paramount and Annapurna production execs spilled industry secrets on a panel moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s editorial director. And during the brunch, the conversation focused on the ways that new technologies and financial incentives continue to impact filming.

The event was part of AFCI Week in LA, a multiday networking event that took place from February 28 – March 3. It’s always inspiring, educational and reinvigorating to hear from, engage with and create relationships with the wider film community in this kind of setting.

EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT JANE & EMMA

We visited the cast and crew of Jane & Emma, ahead of them wrapping filming here in Utah. Based on the life of Sister Jane Manning, one of the first black Mormons, the film is inspired by true events and tells the story of two women who forged an unlikely friendship. Directed by Utah native Chantelle Squires and written by Melissa Leilani Larson, we are thrilled to be able to support this project through the Motion Picture Incentive Program. Theatrical release is planned for later this year.

TUMBLEWEEDS FILM FESTIVAL

Utah Film Center's 7th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival took place earlier this month, bringing joy, entertainment and inspiration to both kids and adults. Described by the Salt Lake Tribune as “one of Utah’s true cultural treasures”, the three-day Festival showcased 15 feature films and 21 shorts from around the world. Presented in partnership with The City Library, The Leonardo and UMOCA, this was the biggest Tumbleweeds Festival to date. And it wasn’t just screenings! Workshops (virtual reality, sound effects and Hollywood makeup) and a host of 'Clubhouse' craft and technology activities took place over the course of the weekend. The Festival is a great example of encouraging a love of film, engaging a creative spirit and cultivating new talent.

Read more about the Festival and its beginnings in a ‘Spotlight’ Q&A with the Utah Film Center’s talented programming director, Patrick Hubley, on our blog.

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Now Filming

Utah County: The Outpost, Season 1

Salt Lake City: Jane & Emma

Upcoming Releases

Trek: April 6

Westworld, Season 2: April 22

Upcoming Events

Little Hollywood Shootout: April 4 - 6

Utah High School Film Festival: April 24

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