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Utah Community Program

The Sundance Institute hosts community events for Utahns year-round, offering access to free public programs and screenings featuring films from Sundance-supported artists.

We aim to create meaningful relationships by serving as a connector for local artists, theater groups, and film organizations. We also work with more than 150 nonprofit, civic, and cultural organizations; seven colleges and universities; and 90 high schools. Our programs invite national and international filmmakers to help audiences engage with new artistic ideas, to enrich civic dialogue, and to spark social change.

Contact the Institute’s community outreach team at  communityoutreach@sundance.org

If you live in Utah, sign-up for our mailing list and check the box “Institute Insider.”

The proposal checklist outlines the application requirements for the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund’s Winter 2021 grant cycle. The application is now open and the deadline is July 26th 2021



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Sundance Film Festival

To increase access to the Sundance Film Festival, we host free local film screenings and provide complimentary tickets or passes to underserved communities through our Local Lens initiative. Our outreach efforts include working with nonprofits, universities, and cultural institutions that advocate for gender justice, racial equity, immigrant and refugee rights, the environment, education, and physical and mental health.

These screenings bring together filmmakers and the people their films were made for. For many artists, participating in community screenings are a career highlight. They’re eager to build connections; engage young diverse audiences; and exchange ideas with artists outside the film industry.

Free Film Screenings for Utahns

For the 2022 Festival, we have planned a selection of free online screenings and Q&A’s with Directors from around the world to welcome new and returning film lovers across Utah. Additionally, there will be free Best of Fest screenings, where we exhibit award-winning fiction and nonfiction features from the 2022 Festival.

Register for a free screening.

Saturday, January 22

CALENDAR GIRLS
Online
2:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 27

LA GUERRA CIVIL
Online
2:00 p.m.

NANNY
Online
7:00 p.m.

A LOVE SONG
Online
7:00 p.m.

Friday,  January 28

TIKTOK, BOOM.
Online
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 29

BEST OF FEST – Documentary Award Winner* 
Online
2:00 p.m.

BEST OF FEST – Narrative Award Winner*
Online
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 30

BEST OF FEST – Documentary Award Winner*
Online
2:00 p.m. 

BEST OF FEST – Narrative Award Winner*
Online
7:00 p.m.

*Best of Fest films will be announced January 29, 2022.

Student Screening Program

Inspire the Next Generation of Storytellers

The Sundance Institute | George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Student Screening Program offer Utah secondary school students the opportunity to participate in one of the world’s top film festivals. In 2021, we introduced a new online platform for our Student Screening Program to help introduce young minds from across the state of Utah to new forms of artistic storytelling and engage with filmmakers in a post-screening Q&A.

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This program is open to Utah-based students in grades 9–12. Films are specially curated for students and include content advisories, film descriptions, and classroom discussion guides.

To participate in the Student Screening Program, email studentprograms@sundance.org.

Explore This Year's Films

Tuesday, January 25

UTAMA
Online
9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, January 26

THE TERRITORY
Online
9:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 27

TIKTOK, BOOM.
Online
10:00 a.m.

Discounted Access

Beginning Wednesday, January 26, the Festival will offer a 25% discount on single tickets ($5 savings) for locals for in person screenings taking place on Wednesday, January 26, through to the end of the Festival. Utah residents can receive a $5 discount for up to four single tickets per person, based on availability. Utah residents who have created a Sundance account will receive the discount and tickets can be purchased online or in person at any box office location beginning January 26th at 8:00 a.m. MT.

Opportunities for Young Adults 18-25

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Sundance Ignite identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers and fosters fresh audiences for independent storytelling. Established in 2015 with founding support from Adobe, the Sundance Ignite offers an array of opportunities for emerging artists including Ignite Day, a curation of free events and screenings for 18- to 25-year-old Sundance Film Festival attendees and filmmakers. 

Check out what Ignite has to offer at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival!

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

Sundance Institute’s Utah Community Programs are supported by:

Principal Sponsor

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Major Supporters

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Community Supporters

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