Sundance ’18: Highlights

As usual, the month of January flew by in a Sundance whirlwind! Here is a recap of just a few of the many highlights from the ten-day Festival.


The 2018 Festival saw the premiere of four Utah-made productions, for the second year in a row, which was a huge win for the state. Two films and two documentaries screened, showing the diversity of production in state and the power of Utah’s talented creative community. The Film Commission supported narrative films, Damsel, which will receive its international premiere outside of the U.S. at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Hereditary, which featured on the New York Times’ ‘Sundance Film Festival: 5 Movies to Watch’.


Various events were hosted from the Film Commission’s Main Street venue during the Festival, including panels with industry organizations such as Latino Reel and Location Mangers Guild International, as well as a reception with women’s filmmaking group, Film Fatales. A special conversation around the Utah-made documentary, Quiet Heroes, featuring the Utah-based filmmakers and subjects, as well as a fun film-focused trivia night co-hosted by the Utah Film Center, also took place.

Honoring Utah’s Own

Our very own Film Commissioner, Virginia Pearce, was honored for Film Leadership at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Celebration, hosted by Zions Bank and Sundance Institute. Actress and director, Heather Graham, headlined the annual event in Park City, and 12 Utah women were awarded, including a sheriff, a state supreme court justice and a southern Utah conservationist.

Debra Vago is a publicist, writer and film enthusiast. She resides in Salt Lake City, having relocated from London, England.

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