Utah Community Programming

Utah Community


Utahns smile at the camera during the 2020 Community Screening of Coded Bias

As a mission-driven nonprofit arts organization that’s rooted in Utah, the Sundance Institute hosts local events and programs year-round that aim to: 

  • Connect local audiences to the Sundance Film Festival 
  • Introduce local audiences to independent film and immersive media.
  • Explore social issues and stories from around the globe.
  • Unite audiences and cultures through the power of storytelling.
  • Share the filmmaker’s journey with audiences and emerging filmmakers, including students.

June 13, 2024: Community Team Update

Our Sundance Film Festival: Local Lens program is now live. Join us for exciting free screenings and events July 17–21.

In addition, celebrate with us at the Latino Arts Festival, June 14-16, at Canyons Village in Park City.

And we’ll have a table at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Liberty Park in SLC on June 28.

2024 Sundance Film Festival Local Lens and Best of Fest Program

These screenings create a unique sense of community among locals during the Festival and allow many in the community to participate in our programming who may not otherwise have an opportunity to do so.

Here is what we showed for the 2024 Festival

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | 5 p.m.
Redstone Cinemas – 1, Park City
Plus on-line free access.

Luther: Never Too Much
Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 6 p.m.
Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.
Redstone Cinemas – 2, Park City

All films will be presented with open caption.

Best of Fest Screenings 

Friday, January 26, 2024 | 4 p.m.
The Ray Theatre, Park City

Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story 
Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 4 p.m.
The Ray Theatre, Park City

Will & Harper 
Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 6 p.m.
Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City

Freaky Tales
Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 9:30 p.m.
Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City

Love Me 
Sunday, January 28, 2024 | 6 p.m.
Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City

All films will be presented with open caption.

How to Sign Up for In-Person Screenings:

  1. Click on the film title above or find the film page on festival.sundance.org
  2. Scroll down to the screening times
  3. Select the screening date/time that is marked as Local Lens OR Best of Fest
  4. Add the screening to your cart
  5. Go to checkout
  6. Enter your Utah address when prompted
  7. When confirmed, the price will reduce to $0
  8. Continue regular check out process

Contact customer support if you have any questions or difficulties.

Sundance Film Festival: Local Lens

Summer screenings of past Festival favorites.

Community Access to the Sundance Film Festival

Community access to the Festival.

Festival Screenings for Students

Inspiring the Next Generation of Storytellers within grades 9–12.

Here’s what some #sundancelocals have to say about past events.

Sundance Events for Local Filmmakers

Sundance Events for Local Filmmakers

Filmmaking Deep Dive: Honing Your Pitch with Industry Insights

Including an interactive speed pitching session, an industry best practices, and an AMA with Festival programmers. In-person, Salt Lake City, Fri. July 28, 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Explore Deadlines for Labs, Fellowships, Grants, Programs

Online Learning
Experiences for creators: registration and applications @ Sundance Collab

Local Happenings

Check out some events led by our partners and film allies in Salt Lake and Summit County.

You can find more events at Nowplayingutah.com

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Arts & Culture

June Events

Downtown Farmers Market – June 1 – October 19, 2024, Salt Lake City 

Utah Blues Festival, June 14-5, Salt Lake City

Latino Arts Festival, June 14-16, Summit County

Twilight Concert Series, June-Aug, Salt Lake City 

Utah Arts Festival –  June 28, 29, 30, Salt Lake City.

Sugar House Pride Festival, June 28-30, Salt Lake City

Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2024 – June 28, Salt Lake City 

Locally Made Locally Played, June 28, Salt Lake City

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Independent Film

Davey Foundation, Grants

Park City Film Series, Park City

Salt Lake Film Society Film Screenings, Salt Lake

Spyhop Productions, Salt Lake

Utah Documentary Association, Local resources

Utah Film Center Screenings and Events, Salt Lake

Utah Film Commission, Local resources

Utah Film Festival, Film classes and other activities for local filmmakers


Fun times had by all throughout the years!

Sundance Institute’s Utah Community Programs are supported by:

Host State
Community Supporters
Principal Sponsor
Major Sponsors
Official Providers
Gallivan Center
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre