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Reaching over 38,000 film lovers annually, the Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences though free screenings and post-film discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, the Utah Film Center presents the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-around to communities throughout Utah.
We collaborate with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film. Among others, our collaborators include the University of Utah, the Natural History Museum of Utah, KUER, and the Sundance Institute. The film content presented includes a wide range of topics ranging from science and art, to civil rights and environmental issues.
In addition to our free weekly screenings, we curate and organize two annual film festivals. Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth is the only festival of its kind in the Intermountain West catering to our community’s youngest moviegoers. Fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans, Tumbleweeds features the best independent, documentary, and foreign feature-length films and short film. Committed to presenting films with high production and storytelling values, Tumbleweeds aims to inspire creativity in the three-day festival format, which includes multiple school field trip screenings, film workshops for children, and over 18 screenings for families. Additionally, by partnering with SHIFT, we have expanded our reach by offering local teachers the opportunity to participate in media arts workshops that support core curriculum requirements and tie directly into the festival screenings.
Our other film festival, Damn These Heels! (DTH!), was the Utah Film Center’s first festival. Since it premiered DTH! has grown into our longest running annual program. The festival provides a forum in which LGBT issues, ideas, hopes, dreams, and art are explored through film and discussion. Like Tumbleweeds, DTH! has expanded to include monthly year-around screenings.
Officers & Staff
Accounting & Business Manager
Mariah Mann Mellus
Community Development/Events Manager
Dana R. Hernandez
PR & Communications Coordinator
Executive Assistant to Geralyn Dreyfous
Geralyn Dreyfous – Board Chair
Nicole Guillemet, Founder Emeritus
Kathryn Toll, Founder Emeritus