More talent than a room full of Oscars hopefuls.
More lens flare than a JJ Abrams film.
More timeless films than a dusty Blockbusters.

Hyperbole may be funny, but the 2018 Utah Film Festival And Awards is no joke.

Filmmakers and film enthusiasts gather every year from across the world to see the burgeoning talent spilling out of Utah.


Yes, Utah. See, every good thing in California is moving to Utah. Don’t believe us? Utah, known as the Silicon Slopes (see ya, Silicon Valley) has tech firms sprouting up or uprooting and moving here in droves. Comicon and other festivals are having some of their most successful turnouts in charming Salt Lake City, Utah. It was only a matter of time before film festivals in Utah became dominant, and the Utah Film Festival And Awards (UFAs) has become one of the most reputed in the film industry.

From humble beginning in 2011, the UFAs have risen to become one of Utah’s premiere film festivals and award shows.
While boasting legends in the industry like Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings), Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World, Orange is the New Black, Blended) Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), the UFAs have managed to maintain the personal, intimate networking opportunity it has always been. It’s as excellent as it sounds, like biscoff ice cream or an on-set massage therapist.

You decide what you’ll get out of it, when you submit your film and come to the UFAs.
Will you meet your film’s next investor, a distribution company looking for a finished film, a production company looking to option scripts, a casting director looking to hire new talent, producers/directors looking to hire crew, or advertising agencies looking to hire production companies for commercial work?

The opportunity at the UFAs is, like Batman movie reboots or Red Robin’s fries, endless.

Industry veterans, extraordinary filmmakers, and top-shelf enthusiasts are coming together in such a way that makes it hard to leave…sounds like the right party to be at.

Your film belongs in the Utah Film Festival And Awards.

Submission Deadline for all films is January 31 2018

Awards & Prizes

With a history of excellence in selecting the best films, series and commercials, the UFAs delivers a reputation that will draw attention to your film. Every submission is evaluated by a worldwide panel of industry experts. The winner in each category will receive a beautifully engraved trophy and a news story about their winning entry on the Utah Film Awards website.

Our judges are actively looking to acquire shorts, features and series to broadcast all over the world. Your submission could warrant the biggest prize of all, the deal you broke with one of our distributors if your film is selected.

Rules & Terms

We're always at your disposal. If you need additional assistance or have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact our customer service ( You can also call us at +1 (801) 472-7702.

Refund Policy: Because entries will have been processed and entered into the system, NO refunds will be granted.

To be eligible for the 2018 competition, entries must have been completed between January 31, 2016 and the deadline. Exceptions for short films planning on having the UFA Film Festival being their World Premiere.

Projects from all over the world are eligible. Submissions DO NOT need to be made in Utah to qualify unless you are submitting in the MADE IN UTAH category.

Select the category that most closely relates to your submission's type of program. You may enter the same production or program in multiple categories, including cast and crew categories. There is an entry fee for each category you enter. Individual entries are evaluated for their intrinsic merits – without comparing them with others.

Each entry is, in effect, in competition with itself, and is measured by our international award-winning jury of experts using an industry-accepted standard of excellence. The Utah Film Awards reserves the right to expand and reduce the number of finalist in each category including, but not limited to, cancelling categories if there are no submissions that meet our standards of excellence.

A performer/on-air personality may enter multiple achievements in a performing category if the achievements are for different programs.

We reserve the right to change or modify each category as the UFA committee deems appropriate.

Submissions for SCREENPLAY must include a pdf of the screenplay. We accept produced and un-produced screenplays. The work is being judged on the writing rather than the finished film.

The short film category includes one episode of a series.
See Categories listing for definitions and additional explanations.

Fees for Screening Films
We do not pay screening fees on submitted films. By submitting to the Utah Film Festival and Awards you waive any screening fees during the run of the festival to a live theater audience.

Award Announcements & Promotion
Finalists will be announced February 28th and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Utah in April 2018. The Impact Award will be announced at that time.

Press releases will be sent to international wire services and to the trades. A laureate will be sent to winning contacts following the awards presentation. Utah Film Award® winners may refer in advertising and publicity to the fact that they are a Utah Film Award ® winner and, for one year after the award was bestowed, may use a replica of the Utah Film Award ® award or the Utah Film Award ® logo in such advertising. A ® registration mark must accompany the use of the award.

Background Summary (Required)
In order to better assist the jury, we ask for a synopsis of each entry. This should not exceed 200 words and will be seen by the judges to evaluate your submission.
All submissions also are required to submit the following on
Project link
Password (if applicable)
Phone number
One Promotion Graphic (min)
Credits - Specify in the FilmFreeway credits who is being evaluated with their real name (not character name). Example John Doe - Lead Actor, Jane Doe - Composer, Mike Doe - Editor, Awesome Company - Visual Effects. (Key Cast & Crew are not accepted)

Translation (Required if not in English)
Productions not produced in the English language must have either subtitles or overdubbing in English (preferred), or a detailed synopsis and translation of the first and last ten minutes of the entry in English submitted during the online entry process.
The translation must be submitted digitally either in the translation box provided on the online entry form or as a word document or a pdf. We will not accept translations in any other format.

When submitting your credits, be aware that if your entry is a winner, the name of the category, and title of the entry will appear on the award which is given to each winning entry. We also include the year of the competition. Finalists, when notified, will be given the opportunity to update and correct credits. However, if no corrections are made, credits listed during the entry process will be considered the credits of record.

Disposition of Entry / Errors & Omissions
Promotional materials submitted may be displayed or shown, for educational and/or promotional purposes as Workman Productions® deems appropriate. By entering, the entrant agrees to hold Workman Productions ® and any of its affiliated companies exempt from any costs or expenses of any claim arising out of any such use. Workman Productions ® will never sell entries nor make entries available for public viewing.
Workman Productions ® assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information.

27 Reviews

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    Brian Palmer

    I am honored to have my feature script, "Elio", and my short film, "Kata Muktu" recognized as Finalists in the UFA. The festival's communication was outstanding. This was an excellent experience, and I will definitely submit future projects to UFA.

    September 2017
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    McKenzie Vawdrey

    If you are able to attend, you have the opportunity to meet many local filmmakers

    July 2017
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    Yaron Betan

    Great Film Awards, nicely done!!!

    June 2017
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    Jamie Lee Smith

    Fantastic Festival! Phenomenal films, great opportunities for networking and the seminars were very informative and hosted by an all-star line-up of industry professionals including distributors. This truly is a "must" attend festival, especially if you don't know the business side of the industry, distribution or basically "what happens to my film now."
    If there was one thing I think the Utah Film Awards needs, it's an additional day! I would certainly put this festival in the top 10 on film freeway!

    April 2017
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    Debbie Starr Jackson

    The last few years I was a volunteer for Filmed in Utah Awards and Utah Film Awards. This year in 2017 I went as a nominee with two of my amazing film teams, Semi Colon Promise and Occupants. I had a great time at UFA, representing our films. I also had a great time at the Film Market, that consisted of several educational, and awesome film workshops. I was even lucky enough to meet some amazing distributors and production companies during working lunches at the delicious Oregano Italian Kitchen. Besides meeting the speakers, I met some great new colleagues that I look forward to working with soon.
    Thank you Warren , Dora and the Workman Children for another great Award show..

    April 2017