Utah Community Programming

Utah Community


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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.

November 2, 2023: Community Team Update

Happy Fall!

Hopefully you have seen the Festival ticket pass/packages we are offering to locals! If not, information can be found on our Festival ticketing page.

Utah nonprofits and collectives that would like free tickets for their community members can visit the link below for more information about our 2024 Festival Community Access Program.

If you are a Utah teacher for 9-12th grade students and would like to bring your students to the Festival, please read more about our Festival student program

Lastly, we’ll be announcing our free community screenings in December. 

For more arts events happening in Salt Lake and Summit County for both filmmakers and film lovers check out the community events section. 

If you live in Utah, sign-up for our email list to receive updates on special events.

Connect With Us Year-Round

We have activities year-round for Utah Locals, including special events at the Sundance Film Festival. From our free Local Lens screening program to events for local filmmakers, make sure to explore our featured events.

Sundance Film Festival: Local Lens

July 26–29 featuring favorites from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance Film Festival

Gain access to the Festival through free screenings, special events, and discounts on ticket passes and packages.

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 Deepdive: Pitching your Project

In-person, Salt Lake City, Fri. July 28, 11a.m.-1p.m

Explore Deadlines for Labs, Fellowships, Grants, Programs

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

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


FilmQuest Film Festival, October 26 – November 4, Provo

PitchNic Premiere 2023, by Spyhop Productions. November 2, Salt Lake

Filméxico 2023, Salt Lake Film Society. November 9-16, Salt Lake

Illuminate Light Art + Creative Tech Festival, November 10-11, Salt Lake

Check out other screenings and events from the Film organizations under Independent Film.

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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
Principal Sponsor
Major Sponsors
Community Supporters
Community Collaborators