The Utah Film Commission launched the Next Level Grant Program which provides funding and footing for local directors and producers.

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. Utah Film Commission Director, Virginia Pearce, said: “The Next Level Grant Program is a first for us. This is our way of giving a small boost to emerging filmmakers to get them to the next step in their career, which could be anything from startup costs to finishing funds for their project. We strongly believe in developing careers for our Utah filmmakers here at home.”

Up to five filmmakers will qualify for the Next Level Program in 2019, with each grantee awarded $2,000 to support a project. In addition to the funding, the winners will receive a one-year membership at the Utah Film Center’s Artist Foundry, which provides workshops, equipment rentals, networking, and workspaces. They will also receive special access to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, as well as access to Sundance Institute’s Co//ab Artist Network.

Applicants must be Utah residents, over the age of 18, and must be a director or producer on the project. Projects of all stages, from development to exhibition and distribution, will be considered for funding. For full details, including application criteria, visit https://film.utah.gov/for-locals/.

View the full press release here.