Welcome to the 14th annual "Utah International Film Festival"

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

Hyperbole may be funny, but the Utah International Film Festival and/or Utah Film Festival (UIFF and/or UFF) is no joke.

Our mission is to Impact, Inspire, Create and Innovate.

Filmmakers and film enthusiasts gather to see the burgeoning talent regionally, internationally through the art of cinema. In addition to film screenings, workshops and a screenplay competition Utah International Film Festival presents numerous network opportunities and social events such as our filmmakers breakfast, Roller Skating Party, Masquerade Ball, and VIP dinner.

It was only a matter of time before film festivals in Utah became a global epicenter, and the Utah International Film Festival is one of the most reputed in the film industry. Including of all genres for International Filmmakers and Screenwriters, dedicated to Feature & Short Films, Documentaries, Animations, Series, Music Videos and many more.

From humble beginning in 2010, the Utah International Film Festival have risen to become one of Utah’s premiere film festivals and award shows.

While boasting legends in the industry like Oscar Nominee Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water), Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings), Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World, Orange is the New Black, Blended) Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), the Utah International Film Festival have managed to maintain the personal, intimate networking opportunity it has always been.

You decide what you’ll get out of it, when you submit your film and come to the Utah International Film Festival.

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 Utah International Film Festival is, like Spiderman 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 International Film Festival.

Annually the festival concludes a closing night awards show presentation and reception.

Previous seasons included cash prizes such as:
Short Film - $500
Feature Film - $1,000

Trophy - The winner in each category will receive a beautifully engraved trophy. The Utah International Film Festival Award ceremony will take place annually at its black tie event.

We're always at your disposal. If you need additional assistance or have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact us.

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

-- To be eligible, the submitter must have permission or all rights to submit the film to be screened to the public in a live theatrical venue.

-- Projects from all over the world are eligible. Submissions DO NOT need to be made in Utah to qualify. We accept all International Films and Screenplays.

-- Locally produced Utah films seeking to screen their World Premiere with the Utah International Film Festival are strongly encouraged. All Official Selections will be available for Virtual Screenings and are "eligible" to win an award at the annual award ceremony concluding the festival. "World Premiers" will be scheduled for Live Theatre Screenings.

--All Submissions must enter into a primary category. *(Narrative Feature or Short, Documentary Feature or Short, Animation, Experimental, Series or Music Video.) If you would like your project to be consider for a sub category you can enter a sub category in addition to your primary 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 International Film Festival reserves the right to expand and/or reduce the number of finalists in each category, including, but not limited to, canceling 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 projects.

--We reserve the right to change or modify each category as the Utah International Film Festival committee deems appropriate.

100% of the Utah International Film Festival film lineups are programmed through submissions. We do not program any curated content.

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. Screenplays must be in "Screenplay Format." All scripts must be accompanied with a synopsis in the submission info.

Series - Episodic/TV/Streaming
The Series category includes ONE (1) episode of a series.
See the categories listing for definitions and additional explanations.

Student and High School Films need to have proof that they are a Student, and a Student ID is required.

We DO NOT pay screening fees on submitted projects. By submitting to the Utah International Film Festival, you waive any screening fees during the run of the festival to a live theater audience.

Award Announcements & Promotion
All screened films are eligible for nominations at the Utah International Film Award ceremony. All award show information will be sent to the project submitter. It is the submitter's responsibility to notify their cast and crew of any nominations.

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 International Film Festival® (or Utah Film Festival®) winners may refer in advertising and publicity to the fact that they are a Utah International Film Festival® (or Utah Film Festival®) winner and, for one year after the award was bestowed, may use a replica of the Utah International Film Festival® (or Utah Film Festival®) award or the Utah International Film Festival® (or Utah Film Festival®) 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 FilmFreeway.com.
Project link
Password (if applicable)
Email (one that is checked regularly)
Phone number
One Promotion Graphic (min) Preferably a "poster" with NO Laurels.
Credits - Specify in the FilmFreeway credits who is being evaluated with their real name (not character name). Example John Doe - Actor, Jane Doe - Composer, Mike Doe - Editor, Awesome Company - Visual Effects. (Key Cast & Crew are not accepted)

*Films must be fully completed by entry deadline (NO works-in-progress) and uploaded to FilmFreeway to allow for judging.
*Films must not contain pornography, racist, sexist, offensive or defamatory statements intended to harm anybody.
*Films must not be disrespectful to anyone's privacy.
*Films with poor production standards (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions whenever applicable, or video resolution less than 720p HD) will not be accepted.
*Do not send us cash or any payments in any forms whatsoever via email or via our postal address (all payments are made via FilmFreeway).
*Do not send us any materials (i.e: DCP, DVD, Posters, etc) via our postal address.

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.

In the past we had supplied free custom trophies to the winners, however we have so many unclaimed trophies over the past years that we will will now require winners to purchase any custom trophies. Custom Trophies are $60 each. Winners may purchase multiple trophies. ONLY generic trophies will be provided.

Mailing Trophies
We anticipate not all winners will be present at the award ceremony to receive their award. Winners that would like their trophy mailed to them are required to contact the organizers, provide a current mailing address and PAY ALL SHIPPING FEES.

When submitting your credits, be aware that if your entry is a winner, only the name of the category, will appear on the award trophy which is given to each winning entry. 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.

Selection Process
After a film or screenplay is submitted to the film festival it is screened and scored (films) or read and scored (screenplays). Films that receive top marks from our judges are official selections of the festival. The programming committee then will select a smaller selection of "World Premier" films to screen live at the festival from the official selection. All Official Selections will be available for Virtual Screenings and are "eligible" to win an award at the annual award ceremony concluding the festival. "World Premiers" will be scheduled for Live Theatre Screenings.

Removal of Status
We reserve the right to remove any project as Selected or Award Winner for any reason. This may include not having the rights to the film, unprofessionalism, or behavior that would reflect negatively on the film festival or its participants.

All Official selections (submitter only) will be given 1 complementary ticket to the screenings, panels and award ceremony. Anyone else that would like to attend the events MUST purchase a ticket. Nominees do NOT receive free tickets. Nominees may win even if they are not attending the award ceremony.

Virtual acceptance speeches
If a nominee knows they will not be at the Utah International Film Festival award ceremony they may send an acceptance speech just in case they win at the festival. Acceptance speeches must be emailed and under 60 seconds and delivered as a 1080p MP4 file.

Film Screenings
Films with Local World Premiere status are given priority for theatrical screenings. Films available to the public during or before the Utah International Film Festival will not have a theatrical screening yet will be eligible for an award. Films without Local World Premiere status may be screened virtually via our festival platform.

Forced Cancelation, Postponement, or Online festival migration
In the event that the festival is forced to close due to a government order such as a potential health or safety hazard the festival may be canceled, postponed or held exclusively online. If the festival is held exclusively online, selected filmmakers may opt out of any online screening but will still be eligible for an award.

Disposition of Entry / Errors & Omissions
Promotional materials submitted may be displayed or shown, for educational and/or promotional purposes as The Utah International Film Festival deems appropriate. By entering, the entrant agrees to hold Utah International Film Festival and any of its affiliated companies exempt from any costs or expenses of any claim arising out of any such use. Utah Film Festival will never sell entries nor make entries available for public viewing.

The Utah International Film Festival 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.

By submitting to the festival you agree to have your film screened during the festival in person or online. If you would like to only have your film screened in person you must email us 30 days prior to the screening to notify us of your choice. Your submission will then only be available for a live screening (if possible) and not screened online.

Cast/Crew Screenings: Once you are confirmed for a World Premiere, you must NOT have a cast and crew screening in Utah prior to the film’s screening at the Utah International Film Festival. If you choose to do a cast and crew screening prior to your World Premiere we may cancel your screening and you will not be issued a refund.

Film Reviews: When a filmmaker submits their project and agrees to a review on the website they verify that they are the owner of all video, photos, and audio of the project and holds The Utah International Film Festival and the Utah International Film Awards harmless of any copyright images or audio in the promotion or exhibition of the project.

Overall Rating
  • Austin Wood

    Was honored to win Best LGBTQ Filmmaker at Utah Film Festival and they were great!

    April 2024
  • Maria K. Singh

    What an incredible experience it has been so far with Utah Film Festival! Ray of Hope is a special story and it’s amazing that it has been getting the amount of love and attention it has been getting all thanks to Utah Film Festival.

    April 2024
  • Bryson Alejandro

    What a great place to network and get to know fellow Utah filmmakers who are creating such great content! The workshops and panels were great offerings that I learned a lot from. Excited to attend next year!

    March 2024
  • Great festival, great filmmakers would love to attend again .

    February 2024
  • This is my third time being featured in the festival and every time it becomes more special. Warren and Dora take great care in learning everyone's name and they do a great job remembering it even (a skill I don't have). They're not afraid to speak to you directly and are constantly striving to make every year better. This is a festival that is on my MUST list and I'll always submit so long as I have something to submit. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    February 2024