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Utah Community Program

Attend

Utah Community

Program

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

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 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, we hosted free Best of Fest screenings, where we exhibited award-winning fiction and nonfiction features from the 2022 Festival.

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Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival!

Saturday, January 22

CALENDAR GIRLS
Watch the Q&A recap featuring Maria Loohufvud (Co-Director) and Love Martinsen (Co-Director).

Thursday, January 27

LA GUERRA CIVIL
Watch the Premiere Q&A recap featuring Eva Longoria Bastón (Director), Grant Best (Producer), and Oscar De La Hoya.

NANNY
Watch the Q&A recap featuring Nikyatu Jusu (Director), Nikkia Moulterie (Producer), and Anna Diop (Cast).

A LOVE SONG
Watch the Q&A recap featuring Max Walker-Silverman (Director).

Friday,  January 28

TIKTOK, BOOM. 
Watch the Q&A recap featuring Shalini Kantayya (Director).

Saturday, January 29

BEST OF FEST – FIRE OF LOVE
Watch the Premiere Q&A recap featuring Sara Dosa (Director), Shane Boris (Producer), Ina Fichman (Producer),
Erin Casper (Editor), and Jocelyne Chaput (Editor).

BEST OF FEST – EMERGENCY
Watch the Premiere Q&A recap featuring Carey Williams (Director), K.D. Dávila (Screenwriter), and cast members RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, and Sebastian Chacon.

Sunday, January 30

BEST OF FEST – THE EXILES
Watch the Premiere Q&A recap featuring Ben Klein (Co-Director) Violet Columbus (Co-Director), and Christine Choy.

BEST OF FEST – 892
Watch the Premiere Q&A recap featuring
Abi Damaris Corbin (Director), Kwame Kwei-Armah (Screenwriter), and cast members John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Connie Britton, and Olivia Washington.

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.

three high school student enjoying the 2018 Sundance Film FestivalWho Can Watch?
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
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Wednesday, January 26

THE TERRITORY
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Thursday, January 27

TIKTOK, BOOM.
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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.

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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Community Supporters

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