About

Mission

Utah Film Center inspires and engages diverse audiences to initiate conversation and community building through curated film exhibition, educational programs, and artist support.

About

The best things in life are free—including over 86% of our programming!
Utah Film Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, continually strives to bring our community together through the powerful and efficient medium of film. In 2017, over 34,000 Utahns participated in our programs through:

  • Free screenings of documentary, independent, and dramatic films
  • Two annual film festivals
  • Post-film Q&As and discussions with visiting artists and professionals
  • Professional development for teachers to use film and digital media in the classroom
  • Programs for students to learn about storytelling through film
  • Artist support through fiscal sponsorship and Artist Foundry

These ongoing programs raise awareness among and inspire audiences while preserving the cinematic culture in Utah. We provide a curated platform for independent voices year-round.

We collaborate with educational and community organizations–including the University of UtahUtah Pride Center, KUER, and the Sundance Institute–to champion underrepresented voices and perspectives, and encourages diversity, empathy, and community-building, while developing new audiences for film. Our screening venues in Salt Lake City include the Salt Lake City Public Library and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, with special event screenings at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts amongst others. At least twelve times a year, Utah Film Center places community members in direct contact with filmmakers, through receptions and post-film discussions, providing the community with a behind-the-scenes view of the cinematic process and cultivating an appreciation for film.

Additionally, we curate and organize two film festivals every year. 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 and fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans. Our longest-running program, the Damn These Heels film festival, celebrates our community’s diversity by sharing LGBTQ history, culture, ideas, struggles, and triumphs through film.

In addition to film screenings, the Utah Film Center provides media arts education programs for students and teachers statewide through in-classroom activities, field trips with visiting guests, and accredited teacher professional development. Our Artist Support programs include fiscal sponsorship, which has over 120 active projects and has had over 20 works premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and our Artist Foundry filmmaker co-working space supports independent filmmakers telling Utah-grown stories.

Competitive Advantage Statement

Utah Film Center is Utah’s preeminent, year-round source for high-quality and curated film programming that features engaging and thought-provoking stories from around the world. Utah Film Center is the only organization that provides free access to independent film in several communities throughout Utah including Salt Lake City, Ogden, West Jordan, Orem and Moab. Through predominately documentary film screenings, and Damn These Heels and Tumbleweeds Film Festivals, Utah Film Center champions underrepresented voices and perspectives, encouraging diversity and empathy in the public discourse.

Film-lovers of all ages and backgrounds recognize the Utah Film Center’s professional expertise and deep industry networks provide them with unparalleled access to the best in independent, foreign and documentary film and post-film conversations with filmmakers, community leaders, and subject experts.

Local partnerships and conscientious decision-making ensure that UTFC’s programming is timely, nimble, responsive and accessible, and that Utahns from a variety of socio-economic, ethnic, political, gender and sexual non-conforming, linguistic and differently-abled communities feel welcome and safe.

Utahns around the state acknowledge that the Utah Film Center strives to challenge perceptions through interesting and artistic storytelling, is open to collaboration, and is an essential component of Utah’s cinema culture.

Art is fuel.

Officers & Staff

Geralyn Dreyfous
Founder/Board Chair

Elisabeth Nebeker
Executive Director
enebeker [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Penny Frates
Finance Director
pfrates [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Patrick Hubley
Programming Director
phubley [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Josh Levey
Marketing Director
jlevey [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Mariah Mann Mellus
Development Director
mmellus [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Suzi Montgomery
Education Director
smontgomery [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Dallin Cerva
Artist Foundry Manager
derva [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Meghan Horner
Grants Manager
mhorner [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Sarah Mohr
Artist Support Manager
smohr [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Nancy Rivera
Development Campaign Manager
nrivera [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Davey Davis
Film Program Coordinator
ddavis [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Jeff Horne
Systems Coordinator
jhorne [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Leslie Means
Education Coordinator
lmeans [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Mike Patterson
Screening Host
mpatterson [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Danny Schmidt
Education Producer
dschmidt [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Board

Geralyn Dreyfous, Chair / Founder
Hamid Adib
Pete Ashdown
Robert Austin
Louis Borgenicht
Jim Bradley
Deanna Byck
Erik A. Christiansen
Lisa Cluff
Jeremy Coon
Lynn Dougan
Josette Formosa-Ryan
Alexandra Fuller
Nicole Guillemet, Founder Emeritus
Karen Hale
Rochelle Kaplan
James Morgese
Heidi Prokop
Todd Rankin
Matthew Rojas
Byron Russell
William Stern
Susan Swartz
Kathryn Toll, Founder Emeritus

Financial Records

2015 FYE IRS Form 990