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, is a forum in which LGBT issues, ideas, hopes, dreams, and art are explored. Both Tumbleweeds and Damn These Heels have expanded to include year-round monthly screenings.
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