Winter 2017

Utah Film Commission Newsletter: Winter 2017


2016 has been another banner year for film in Utah. Over the past 12 months, we’ve supported 27 feature film and television projects that created 1967 jobs and brought in $59 million in new economic activity.

I am so incredibly proud of Utah’s film industry and the way we are broadcasting ourselves to the world. These 27 projects continue to open the door to new people and new projects and the stellar work you are all doing speaks volumes to producers from around the world.

And now we are starting 2017 on a high note as four of the films shot here in the past year will premiere at Sundance Film Festival next week. This gives us an amazing platform to showcase Utah to the global film industry and we can’t wait to see what this next year brings. Kudos to all of you who work so hard to tell our story. The story truly IS Utah!!

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is here! Make sure you take advantage of what is in your backyard. Here are a list of the films shot in Utah. All together, they created an estimated $13 million and hired 370 Utah cast & crew.

Brigsby Bear/ U.S.A. (Director: Dave McCary, Producers: Andy Samberg, Jennifer Dana, Phil Hoelting, Phil Lord, Billy Rosenberg) — When his favorite children’s show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. Cast: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear World Premiere

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train/ U.S.A. (Director: Sydney Freeland, Producers: Susan Cartsonis, Nick Moceri) — Two teenage sisters rob trains to make ends meet after their single mother’s meltdown in an electronics store lands her in jail. Cast: Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson World Premiere


Snatchers/ U.S.A. (Directors: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman) Status-obsessed teen Sara wakes up nine months pregnant—with an alien. With her best friend Hayley, they strive to put an end to all the carnage. Cast: Mary Nepi, Gabrielle Elyse, Austin Fryberger. World Premiere

Wind River / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan, Producers: Elizabeth Bell) — An FBI agent teams with the town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal. World Premiere

Sundance Film Festival
January 19-29, 2017
As the Festival Host State, Utah has a big presence at the festival this year. Join us on Main Street during the festival for special events and conversations. Click here for more details.

Film Day on the Hill
February 1, 2017, 7:30 – 10am
Utah State Capitol Rotunda
Join the Utah Film Commission for a look into Utah’s varied and thriving film and digital media industry. Education, exhibition, film production, game design and new media will all be on display. Check here for news and updates.

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Report

The film industry in Utah is a growing part of the state’s diverse economy, and for the first time, we have the data that shows just how much of a financial impact the industry makes. In 2016, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute conducted research to assess the current state of film and digital entertainment in Utah. Among the highlights, analysts concluded that Utah’s film industry represents 432 film-related businesses and $100 million in wages and salaries. Projects completed as part of Utah’s Motion Picture Incentive Program were also determined to have spent $239 million in the state over the last decade. Review the completed report here.


Utah Film Incentives Approved

Room 10
Estimated Cast & Crew: 93
Estimated Spend: $ 1.8 million
Maximum Incentive: $450,000
Production Dates: Feb. 13 – Mar. 13
Location: Kane & Washington Counties

Bruno Sammartino
Estimated Cast & Crew: 8
Estimated Spend: $88,000
Maximum Incentive: $17,600
Production Dates: Jan. 12 – March 31
Locations: Summit County