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

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

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. 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.

A group of Utah locals clap after a 2020 Community Screening at the Sundance Film FestivalFree Community Screenings
As part of our Local Lens program, we aim to bridge creators with the people their films were made for. For the 2022 Film Festival, we have planned a selection of in-person and online screenings. These hybrid events and locals-only offerings will welcome new and returning film lovers across Utah with more flexibility in how they can participate than ever before, and show appreciation to the Festival’s longtime home state.

Additionally, there will be two free Best of Fest screenings in Park City and Salt Lake City on Sunday, January 30, with each venue exhibiting an award-winning fiction and nonfiction feature from the 2022 Festival.


In-Person Screenings
For residents in and around Summit and Salt Lake counties, the Festival will offer the following free screenings.

Thursday, January 27

  • Two Summit County screenings at the Park City Library and Redstone theaters
  • One Salt Lake County screening at the Grand Theatre

Friday, January 28

  • One Salt Lake County screening at the Grand Theatre

Sunday, January 30

  • Two films at the Eccles Theatre in Park City
  • Two films at the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City


Online Screenings
Utahns from across the state can participate in two free Festival feature film screenings from the comfort of their homes.

Saturday, January 22
Catch a film during the first weekend of the Festival on the online Festival platform.

Saturday, January 29
Locals can log back in for a Best of Fest award-winner film.

Registration details coming soon.

three high school student enjoying the 2018 Sundance Film FestivalInspire the Next Generation of Storytellers
The Sundance Institute and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 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.

Who 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.

For more information on the Student Screening Program, email

Two college students having a laugh at the 2020 Ignite WelcomeIgnite Day

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. Offerings for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival coming soon.

For a limited time only, the Salt Lake City Package can be purchased at an early bird 20% discount ($100 savings) for $400 starting on December 17, 2021, through January 3, 2022, after which the package price will return to $500. Created for Utah residents, this package offers 10 in-person tickets to feature film screenings at all Salt Lake City venues, with early access to ticket selection, and includes all the benefits of our Explorer Pass.

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.

Explore Tickets & Passes

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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