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NEXT LEVEL FAQ

“We are excited to partner with both film professionals and local universities to ensure we are creating a pipeline for our growing film industry, a vital part of Utah’s creative workforce.”

– Virginia Pearce, director, Utah Film Commission

Am I eligible to apply?

Grants through the Next Level Grant Program are open to filmmakers that satisfy the following criteria:

– Utah state resident
– Applicant must be at least 18 years old
– Applicant must be the director or producer of the project
– All projects must be filmed in Utah
– Project budget must be between $500 – $20,000

What are the eligible project types?

Filmmakers applying for the Next Level Grant Program can apply with the following projects types:

– Short film (narrative, documentary)
– Feature film (narrative, documentary)
– Episodic
– Virtual Reality

When should I apply?

The Next Level Grant Program accepts applications three times per year for projects that are in various stages of production. Each application window is open for two months.

Pre-Production: Applications are accepted August 1st through September 30th. Applicants are notified of their status mid-November.

Principal Photography: Applications are accepted December 1st through January 31st. Applicants are notified of their status mid-March.

Post-Production: Applications are accepted March 1st through April 30th. Applicants are notified of their status in mid-June.

What does the application look like?

The application is separated into various sections and will need to be filled out in a single setting.

Personal Contact Information: This section will as for your name, email, phone number, gender identity, and racial/ethnic heritage.

Project Overview: This section will as for your project title, synopsis, project genre, estimated project length, projected budget, and shooting locations.

Estimated Project Timeline: This section is where you will list your estimated project schedule. The Utah Film Commission would like to have an idea of when your project will be taking place.

Personal Information: This section is for you to tell us a little bit about yourself personally and as a filmmaker.

Project Information: This section will ask for short answers to let Utah Film Commission know more about how your project came to be and what your goals are for the festival circuit.

Cast and Crew: This section is optional. Ideally, you’ll be able to provide an estimate of how many cast, crew, and extras you will be working with.

Required Materials:

Video Cover Letter –
Submit a simple 2 minute video introduction of yourself and your project. Address what you intend to do with the funding.

Script/Treatment –
Filmmakers applying for the pre-production application phase can submit scripts/treatments that are at least 75% completed. Filmmakers applying for the principal photography and post-production phases need to submit completed scripts/treatments.

Reference –
One reference letter – This should be an industry representative (a supervisor, producer or professor) that can address your work ethic, creativity and professionalism,  

Budget –
We understand that you might not have a finalized budget, but we require a proposed budget to evaluate your project

OPTIONAL MATERIALS:

Film Reel (short films, past projects, etc.) –
You may submit 1 project from your previous work that you believe represents your filmmaking style.

What can pre-production funding be used for?

Funding may be used for any aspect of development and pre-production. A few examples are listed below:

  • Screenwriting workshops
  • Casting
  • Travel for location scouting
  • Location permits

If you’re not sure which application round to apply to, reach out to Utah Film Commission at film@utah.gov.

What can funding for principal photography be used for?

Funding may be used for any aspect of principal photography. A few examples are listed below:

  • Cast and crew wages
  • Equipment rentals
  • Props
  • Costume

If you’re not sure which application round to apply to, reach out to Utah Film Commission at film@utah.gov.

What can post-production funding be used for?

Funding may be used for any aspect of post-production and distribution. A few examples are listed below:

  • Editing software
  • Film festival submissions
  • Travel to attend film festivals
  • Distribution

If you’re not sure which application round to apply to, reach out to Utah Film Commission at film@utah.gov.

Can I reapply with the same project?

Yes! You are able to apply for the three application phases with the same project. We encourage you to apply for the three phases but please make sure that you are applying with an updated application.

If you are applying for multiple phases of the grant, you will need to submit separate applications.

Who decides?

The Next Level Grant Committee consists of Utah Film Commission staff and local industry professionals who review each application.

What does the committee look for?

The Committee is looking for projects that reflect excellence in storytelling and visual style as explained through the application, video, and script/treatment. Applications need to clearly articulate how the grant funding will impact artistic goals and project vision.

How many grantees are awarded per round?

Each round will award up to four grantees.

What do grantees receive?

Each grant recipient will receive $2,000. Additional benefits will be provided.

When will grantees receive funding?

Once grantees are notified, they will receive a check within 30 days of submitting an invoice.

Contact Utah Film Commission for additional assistance.

If your question still hasn’t been answered, please contact Utah Film Commission at film@utah.gov or at 801.538.8740.

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