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Utah Community Events

Engaging Utah Audiences through Independent Film, Music, and Theatre.

Sundance Institute hosts community programs both year-round and at the annual Sundance Film Festival to offer local Utah audiences the chance to experience independent film, theatre, and music through free screenings and discussions.

Community Events & Summer Film Series

Step into the world of the Sundance Institute Artist Programs. From screenings and script readings to musical performances and discussions, we showcase work supported by Sundance Institute and give you an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work. These events are FREE and open to the public.

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2016 Summer Film Series

Brooklyn (trailer)

Wed, July 6 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed by John Crowley, Written by Nick Hornby (screenplay), Colm Tóibín (novel)
1h 51min, color, U.S.A.

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson. Screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Film rated PG-13.

Captain Fantastic (trailer)

Mon, July 11 - 7 PM
SLC, Rose Wagner Center for the Arts

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Directed and written by Matt Ross
1h 58min, color, U.S.A.

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and re-enter society, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd. Screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Film rated R.

Screening is free and open to the public but seating is limited.

  1. Doors to screening will not open to the general public until 6:30 pm. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Sundance Institute Members will gain priority access and seating at film screening beginning at 6:15 pm. The members-only priority access line will be located outside the main entry doors. Each Sundance Institute member is permitted to bring one guest with them.
  3. If the screening is at capacity, all guests must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the film start time. Any patrons saving seats will be asked to relinquish their seats to accommodate guests already present and ready to be seated.
  4. Standing or sitting on the floor in theaters to watch film is NOT permitted due to fire code restrictions. Additional seating cannot be added. Once every existing seat is full, the screening will be at capacity.

The Way, Way Back (trailer)

Fri, July 15 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
PC - City Park

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Directed and written by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
1h 43min, color, U.S.A.

Duncan, an introverted 14-year-old, comes into his own over the course of a comedic summer when he forms unlikely friendships with the gregarious manager of a rundown water park and the misfits who work there. Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James. Screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Film rated PG-13.

*Screening presented in collaboration with Park City Recreation. On site programming information to be announced at a later date.

When We Were Kings (trailer)

Wed, July 27 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed by Leon Gast
1h 28min, color, U.S.A.

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. Screened at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. 1997 Academy Award Winner for Best Feature Documentary.

Film rated PG.

Under the Electric Sky (EDC 2013) (trailer)

Fri, July 29 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
PC - City Park

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Directed by Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz
1h 25min, color, U.S.A.

This 3-D film chronicles the love, community, and life of festivalgoers during Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, the largest music festival in the U.S. Behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews with Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella reveal the magic that makes this three-night, 345,000-person event a global phenomenon. Screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Film rated PG-13.

*Presented in 3-D! 3-D glasses will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Kinky Boots (trailer)

Wed, Aug 3 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed by Julian Jarrold
1h 47min, color, United Kingdom

With the sudden death of his father, Charlie Price takes up the reins of the family's Northampton shoe factory. But Charlie quickly discovers it is not business as usual, and without new shoe orders, bankruptcy is imminent. As if in a dream, enter Lola, fresh from London and larger than life: sexy, sassy, cabaret-singing man in a dress. These two unlikely friends become allies in a plan that will change the future of the factory and its workers, and the hearts and minds of anyone who crosses their path. Screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Film rated PG-13.

Come early! Drag performance starting at 8:30 p.m. and featuring Indi Skies, Champagne, and Gia Bianca Stephens.

Sonita (trailer)

Fri, Aug 12 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
PC - City Park

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Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
1h 30min, color, Germany, Iran, Switzerland

If 18-year-old Sonita had a say, Michael Jackson and Rihanna would be her parents and she'd be a rapper who tells the story of Afghan women and their fate as child brides. She finds out that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. Screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it won a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary and 2016 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary.

Film not rated. Film was included in 2016 Sundance Film Festival Student Screenings Program. Content is suitable for ages 13 and older.

*Presented in collaboration with the 47th Annual Kimball Arts Festival

Come early! Filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami to attend and will participate in a guided discussion before the film.

We Are X (trailer)

Tues, Aug 23 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed by Stephen Kijak
1h 33min, color, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Japan

As glam rock's most flamboyant survivors, X Japan ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late ´80s with their melodic metal. Twenty years after their tragic dissolution, X Japan’s leader, Yoshiki, battles with physical and spiritual demons alongside prejudices of the West to bring their music to the world. Screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Film not rated.

*Utah Community Choice Winner*
What We Do in the Shadows (trailer)

Wed, Aug 31 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed and written by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
1h 26min, color, New Zealand, U.S.A.

This mockumentary follows the struggles of a group of New Zealand–based vampires to understand modern society and adapt to the ever–changing world around them. 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection.

Film rated R.

2015 Summer Film Series

God Help The Girl (trailer)

Wed, Jul 1 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed and written by Stuart Murdoch
111 minutes, color, United Kingdom, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2014 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance

This musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian is about some messed up boys and girls and the music they made. Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett.

Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Film contains strong language throughout.

Searching for Sugar Man (trailer)

Wed, Jul 8 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
86 minutes, color, Sweden, United Kingdom, 2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2012 Sundance Film Festival World Documentary Audience Award, 2013 Academy Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary

Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away.

*See Rodriguez perform at Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre on July 9 - More Information »

Film rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

In Football We Trust (trailer)

Wed, Jul 15 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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Directed by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn
87-minutes, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Set in the Salt Lake Valley, this gripping documentary follows four young Polynesian football players struggling to overcome gang violence and poverty as they enter the high-stakes world of recruiting, competitive athletics and family pressures.

*Local Film Representatives will attend and participate in a guided discussion before the film.

Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Contains strong language throughout and discussions of alcohol and drug use.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (trailer)

Fri, Jul 31 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
PC - City Park

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Directed by Benh Zeitlin
93-minutes, U.S.A. , 2012 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award

Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry.

*Presented in collaboration with the Kimball Arts Festival, as part of the Festival After Dark program. More Information »

Film rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Being Evel (trailer)

Fri, Aug 14
Bike Demo: 7 PM
Film at DUSK, approx. 9 PM
PC - City Park

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Directed by Daniel Junge
102-minutes, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Millions know the man, but few know his story. Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and actor/producer Johnny Knoxville take a candid look at American daredevil and icon Robert "Evel" Knievel while also reflecting on our voracious public appetite for heroes and spectacle.

*Presented in collaboration with Park City Recreation.

Come early! Bike demo at 7 PM. Prizes for best Evel Knievel costume. Director Daniel Junge to attend participate in a guided discussion before the film.

Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Contains strong language throughout.

*Utah Community Choice Film*
Wet Hot American Summer (trailer)

Wed, Aug 26 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - RED BUTTE GARDEN AMPHITEHATRE

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Directed by David Wain
97-minutes, U.S.A., 2001 Sundance Film Festival

1981. It's the last day of Camp Firewood's season, but there's still time for the big talent show, a little romance... and for everyone to be wiped out by the piece of NASA's Skylab that's hurtling toward Earth. Film rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America.

‘80s attire encouraged: come dressed as your favorite Camp Firewood counselor or camper!

A special thank you to the #SUNDANCELOCALS who voted!

Racing Extinction (trailer)

Fri, Aug 28 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
PC - City Park

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Directed by Louie Psihoyos
90-minutes color, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a unique team to show the world never-before-seen images that expose issues surrounding endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets or exploring humans' effect on the environment, Racing Extinction will change the way you see the world

*Presented in collaboration with Recycle Utah.

Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Several instances of mild language.

Most Likely To Succeed (trailer)

Thurs, Sept 24 - 6:30 PM
PC - Park City Library
Jim Santy Auditorium · 1254 PARK AVENUE

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Directed by Greg Whiteley
86-minutes, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival

This feature-length documentary examines the collision of innovation with our nation’s obsolete education system. Follow students, teachers, and concerned parents at a radically different high school that is attempting to rethink what it means to be an educated young adult prepared for the twenty-first century. Film not rated.

Presented by Sundance Institute, Park City Education Foundation, Park City Film Series, Park City School District, and the Weilenmann School of Discovery

Free and open to the public, no ticket needed.

*Post-film discussion with Ted Dintersmith, Organizer, Funder, and Executive Producer of Most Likely To Succeed; Cynthia K. Phillips, Executive Director, Weilenmann School of Discovery; Dr. Kathleen Einhorn, Associate Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Technology, Park City School District; Al Landon, Partner, Community BanCapital; Charlie Mathews, K-12 STEM Coordinator, Park City School District; and moderated by Leslie Thatcher, News Director, KPCW.

Last Days In Vietnam (trailer)

Tues, Nov 10 - Reception 5:30 PM, Film 6:30 PM
Davis County Conference Center
1651 N 700 W, Layton, UT 84041

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Directed by Rory Kennedy
98-minutes, U.S.A., 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only--or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.

Presented in collaboration with KUED Channel 7 to honor those who have served. Post-film discussion.

Screening is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Austenland (trailer)

Tues - Feb 23 - 6:30 PM
South Summit Middle School
355 E 300, Kamas, UT 84041

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Directed by Jerusha Hess
Written By Jerusha Hess, Shannon Hale
97-minutes, U.S.A., 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Jane’s life-size paper doll of Mr. Darcy and her “I Love Darcy” tote may be tattered, but even in her thirties, she hasn’t grown out of her obsession with all things Jane Austen. Careworn by love, she saves enough to fulfill her dream of stepping into Austen’s world and heads to Austenland for an “immersive” vacation to eschew all things modern. And it couldn’t be more perfect. There’s an imposing manor with verdant grounds for afternoon promenades, rosy-faced servants, trusty steeds for hunting expeditions, gilded drawing rooms for evenings spent in polite conversation, and, yes, gallant young suitors. Unfortunately, due to limited funds, she’s relegated to lesser quarters and drearier costumes than fellow bachelorette guests, but her cares melt away as she catches the eye of a young footman, and she’s swept into a romantic adventure she could never have imagined.

Will fantasy and reality merge for Jane? A wickedly funny, irreverent comedy, featuring a malapropism-peppered performance by Jennifer Coolidge and an impeccable cast of archetypal characters, Austenland hits all the right notes of the Regency era and our curious infatuation with it.

Presented in collaboration with Summit County Library for “Library Lovers’ Month”.

Free and open to the public. No ticket needed.

2014 Summer Film Series

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

Directed by Morgan Neville
91 min., color, U.S.A., 2013 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
2014 Academy Award winner, Film rated PG-13

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead — until now.

Tuesday, July 8, 9:30 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT

Friday, August 1, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
*Presented in collaboration with the Kimball Arts Festival and Park City Institute


WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
86 min., color, New Zealand/United States, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Film not rated

This mockumentary follows the struggles of a group of New Zealand-based vampires to understand modern society and adapt to the ever-changing world around them.

Tuesday, July 15, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
Presented in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Sundance Institute’s Native and Indigenous Program


PING PONG SUMMER

Directed by Michael Tully
92 min., color, U.S.A., 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Film not rated

1985. Ocean City, Maryland. Summer vacation. Rap music. Parachute pants. Ping pong. First crushes. Best friends. Mean bullies. Weird mentors. That awkward, momentous time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets.

Friday, July 25, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
Presented in collaboration with Park City Recreation
*Play ping pong in the Park – starting at 7 P.M. '80s attire encouraged!


BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL

Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way
73 min., color, U.S.A., 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection

Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creates the only independent baseball team in the country – alarming the baseball establishment and sparking the meteoric rise of the 1970s Portland Mavericks.

Wednesday, August 13, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT


BIG NIGHT

Directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci
107 min., color, U.S.A., 1996 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Friday, August 15, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
*Film presented in classic 35 mm.


GOD HELP THE GIRL

Directed by Stuart Murdoch
111 min., color, United Kingdom, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance

This musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian is about some messed-up boys and girls and the music they make.

Wednesday, August 20, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT


Community Choice Winner: SLC PUNK!

Directed by James Merendino
97 min., color, U.S.A., 1999 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Film rated R

Anarchy in the land of Zion! A subversive comedy which tells the story of Stevo and his best friend, Heroin Bob, who are the only two dedicated punk rockers in God-fearing Salt Lake City, Utah, in the thoroughly Reaganized early 1980s.

Wednesday, August 27, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT

Events for Utah Locals During The Sundance Film Festival

Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, we give five percent of our total seats to the local community. Through our Utah Community Programs at the annual Film Festival, we are able to offer free screenings for our film-loving community, interactive discussions with filmmakers and high school students, as well as specialized community-interest screenings.

Ticket Packages for Utah Locals

Discover the different ticket packages for Utah Locals during the Sundance Film Festival. Learn more

BEST OF FEST

After the Festival ends, Sundance Institute presents complimentary screenings of award-winning films to Locals in Salt Lake, Park City, and Sundance Resort. Screenings are FREE, and patrons must pick up tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Each Main Box Office (Park City, Salt Lake City, and Sundance Resort) hands out tickets for their local Best of Fest screenings. All Main Box Offices distribute these free tickets on Saturday, January 14, 2017. There is a limit of two tickets per person per screening (with a maximum of four tickets total) in Park City and Sundance Resort. Because of overwhelming demand for Salt Lake City screenings, Best of Fest tickets are limited to two tickets total in order to accommodate more patrons. Best of Fest tickets are reserved for Utah Locals. Utah Locals are defined as residents with either a Utah Driver's License or a Utah State ID card.Beginning two hours before the screening time, Locals without tickets can request a waitlist number through their eWaitlist account. For more information on the eWaitlist, please visit sundance.org/wait.

Sundance Institute is proud to acknowledge and thank Zions Bank, the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program, Summit County Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Program, Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of Best of Fest, a Sundance Institute Community Outreach Program.

Best of Fest Ticket Distribution: Saturday, January 14, 2017 only. ALL Main Box Offices 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Locals Festival Pass and Ticket Package pickup will begin on Saturday January 14, 2017, from 8:00 am-12:00 pm at the Pass and Package Office in Park City and the Salt Lake City Main Box Office and will run throughout the Festival.

Best of Fest Screenings: Monday, January 30, 2017. Film titles will be posted online on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Eccles Theatre, Park City

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 p.m.

Sundance Resort Screening Room

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 p.m.

Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City

  • 3:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 9:30 p.m.
Townie Tuesday - FREE Screenings

Sundance Institute presents FREE screenings for Summit County residents (with proof of ID) on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Films screen at both the Library Center Theatre and the Redstone Cinemas. Tickets for these Townie Tuesday screenings will be distributed simultaneously with Best of Fest tickets at the Park City Main Box Office beginning Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. You must be a Summit County resident, at least 18 years old, and present a legal Utah ID to collect your tickets. Limit two tickets per person. Please note that we cannot guarantee that a Townie Tuesday film will not also be a Best of Fest screening as well.

Sundance Institute is proud to acknowledge and thank George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Pop Art Snacks, and Summit County Recreation, Arts, & Parks (RAP) Program for their support of Townie Tuesday, a Sundance Institute Community Outreach Program.

Townie Tuesday Ticket Distribution: Saturday, January 14, 2017. Park City Main Box Office 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Townie Tuesday Screenings: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • Redstone Cinema 7:00 p.m. TBA
  • Library Center Theatre 9:00 p.m. TBA
Utah Student Screening Series

The Sundance Institute | George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Student Screenings Program offers Utah high school and junior high students the opportunity to participate in one of the world's top film festivals. More than 68,000 Utah students and teachers from 90 schools and youth organizations have attended 200 screenings since 2000.

The Program presents 2017 Sundance Film Festival films specially chosen by Institute staff to introduce students to the art of independent film and engage them in stories from around the globe. Rigorous attention is given to ensure films contain content appropriate for this age group.

Through the generous support of George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Park City Municipal Corporation; Pop Art Snacks; Salt Lake City Arts Council; Salt Lake County Economic Development Department; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program; Summit County Recreation Arts and Parks (RAP) Program; Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts the Program is FREE to students and teachers.

Since Festival films are not yet rated, we encourage audiences concerned about film content to consider films selected for the Student Screening Program. Films included in the 2017 Program will be announced in mid-December.

*Please note that Student Screenings are not included on the public screening schedule. For more information on the Student Screening Program, including the film schedule, email studentprograms@sundance.org. The Program is only open to Utah-based high school and junior high school students and teachers.

Support for Utah Community Programs

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Community Supporters

Promontory Foundation, Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts