Welcome to Fear No Film 2023! Fear No Film, in essence, means fear no filmMAKER nor filmmaker's VISION.

This is a very unique festival that screens a wide variety of short films to a really film-savvy and appreciative, art-loving audience.

And, film is just one of 50+ art forms happening simultaneously. The Utah Arts Festival is one of the largest, most culturally rich artistic showcases in the western United States. The works celebrated at the festival stretch well beyond the borders of Utah, exposing over 70,000 festival-goers to a diverse collection of contemporary yet traditional, challenging yet accessible, thought provoking yet fun range of works over four frenetic days every June. 

The Fear No Film Festival aims to celebrate a similar range of artistic excellence. Over 50 international short films will be screened with non-cash awards awarded by a Grand Jury, the Utah Arts Festival, and by audience voting.

Non-cash, Grand Jury awards include the "2022 Utah Short Film of the Year," "Fear No Film Grand Jury Prize," "Fear No Filmmaker Award," and 3 Honorable Mentions.

Non-cash Audience Awards are awarded to six filmmakers and may include categories such as Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best KIDS! Film, etc.

YOU GET THE IDEA. This is an extremely filmmaker friendly festival with an award system that honors individual accomplishments via an Audience and a Grand Jury vote.

Fear No Film Festival (FNF) is a unique short film festival which is part of the greater Utah Arts Festival (UAF). Film is one of dozens of artistic mediums happening simultaneously. Film screenings are shorter than stand-alone film festivals, and we do NOT have Q and A's after our screenings. The Utah Arts Festival is a blast, by the way.

FNF accepts short films and videos of any genre.


Upon entering FNF/UAF the artist(s) grant permission for the following: 

1. FNF/UAF is permitted to screen submitted films at the Festival event and possibly in any other future non-commercial programs (public or private) that are approved by and associated with FNF/UAF, including a "Best of Fear No Film" screening. if selected for a "Best of Fear No Film" we would request permission from you first.
2. FNF/UAF is permitted to duplicate films for Festival and archival library purposes. FNF/UAF is not permitted to make copies of submitted films for any public distribution or commercial sale without written consent from the artist(s). 
3. FNF/UAF is granted the royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to exhibit any and all publicity materials related to the film, including but not limited to stills, press releases, bios, and trailers, in whole or in part, without limitation to territory, and /or to include said publicity materials with other works in any form, media, or technology. 
4. Although every possible care will be taken with material while in our possession, FNF/UAF cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original material. 
5. It is the responsibility of the artist(s) to obtain rights and permission for use of music, film footage, and all other creative work related to their films prior to entering the FNF Festival. FNF/UAF is not responsible for any infringement of such rights.
6. In these uncertain times due to a worldwide pandemic, Fear No Film may resort to online virtual viewing only. As was the case in 2020, FNF will utilize a password protected site to allow for it's audience to view the films while protecting the work of the artists from illegal dissemination. While we hope to screen the films in person to a live audience in the Salt Lake City Library's theater, submitting to FNF gives permission to the festival to screen your film for a TBD limited time in a virtual password protected setting.

Overall Rating
  • Aaron Allsop

    Fear No Film was a great festival to submit to. They did a really great job communicating with me about the festival and the events that are happening. They also had a filmmakers brunch this year that was really great to go to and network with other filmmakers from Utah. Would recommend especially if you are able to attend.

    July 2022
  • Austin Davison

    We had the best time at Fear No Film!

    July 2022
  • Hui Tan

    I deeply appreciate the opportunity from Fear No Film, which also provide a great platform for our filmmakers to communicate and learn from each others!

    July 2022
  • A excellent event and what Utah needs. The film community can tend to operate in bubbles here and the festival allowed myself and others in my bubble to connect with accomplished media professionals that until this event, I had no idea we had. Thanks so much for putting this on, the film Centre is the glue of our film network.

    July 2022
  • Jim Hall

    Muffy Drake Productions/Podcast cannot thank Fear No Film enough for including our FilmPoem "requiem for a spoken word" in the festival. Muffy Drake is based out of Paris, but I'm a Pocatello, Idaho boy. Enter this festival now! Derek is a Prince!

    October 2021