Utah Film Center inspires and engages diverse audiences to initiate conversation and community building through curated film exhibition, educational programs, and artist support.
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. We reach more than 30,000 film lovers annually 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
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 Utah, the Natural History Museum of Utah, KUER, and the Sundance Institute–to promote a diversity of ideas, provide forums for underrepresented groups, and develop new audiences for film. Our venues in Salt Lake City include the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the Salt Lake City Public Library, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Our Utah Film Circuit and Traveling Tumbleweeds programs engage audiences in Moab, Ogden, Orem, and West Jordan.
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.
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
enebeker [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
pfrates [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
phubley [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
jlevey [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
Mariah Mann Mellus
mmellus [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
smontgomery [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
mhorner [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
Programming Operations Manager
cnelson [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
Creative Services Lead
mcoue [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
Film Program Coordinator
ddavis [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
jhorne [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
mkinney [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
lmeans [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
Development & Events Coordinator
nrivera [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
Office Coordinator & Executive Assistant to Geralyn Dreyfous
smohr [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
mpatterson [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
dschmidt [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org
Geralyn Dreyfous, Chair / Founder
Erik A. Christiansen
Nicole Guillemet, Founder Emeritus
Kathryn Toll, Founder Emeritus