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Next Level Grant Program
Programme: Project Development Funding
Project Type: Short Films, Feature Films, Episodic, VR (all genres)
Audience: Utah Filmmakers, Director/Producer
Funding Type: Grant, $2,000 per person
Project Stage: Pre-Production, Principal Photography, Post-Production, Festival Submission


The Next Level Grant Program provides funding and footing for local directors and producers that are currently working on a project. The Utah Film Commission seeks to cultivate the development of original storytelling by providing the extra push for filmmakers. This grant program will consider funding projects of all stages, from development to exhibition and distribution. When deciding which projects to support, the Utah Film Commission is looking for filmmakers that exude enthusiasm for their project and their invaluable ability to tell stories.


The purpose of this grant program is to find inspiring, ambitious, and influential Utah filmmakers in need of additional funding. The Utah Film Commission will provide the support and funding needed to take the filmmaker’s project to the next level.


$2,000 will be awarded to the five 2019 grantees. The filmmakers will be able to apply for the grant program beginning November 2018. The program funding totals $10,000. In addition to the grant funding, the grantees will receive a one-year membership at the Utah Film Center’s Artist Foundry, which provides workshops, equipment rentals, networking and work-spaces. In addition to the Artist Foundry membership, the grantees will receive special access to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival as well as access to Sundance Institute’s Co//ab Artist Network.


Round 1 Grant Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018
If you submitted an application before the deadline, the Utah Film Commission will follow up with you in January 2019.
Contact Syd Smoot at or call 801.538.1371 if you have any questions about your application.

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