Tumbleweeds Film Festival Moves to March

Save the Date for March 2–4, 2018

In order to ensure that we deliver the best experience and the highest level of participation for our community, the dates for our upcoming 7th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children andYouth have changed from September 2224, 2017 to March 24, 2018 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2018 Tumbleweeds Film Festival!

Please note that our Tumbleweeds Fall Field Trips will go on as planned featuring The Mars Generation with director Michael Barnett in attendance from September 20–22, 2017 in West Jordan and Salt Lake City. We're excited to have over 1,600 students from across the Wasatch Front attend these field trips!

In other news, we are so honored that our Tumbleweeds Film Festival has received Salt Lake Magazine's 2017 Best of the Beehive award for "Best Sundance-alternative".

Upcoming Free Salt Lake City Screenings


Tues, Aug 8 | 7 PM | The City Library

Directed by Rob Epstein
88 min | 1984 | USA | Not Rated

Open captions Presented with Open Captions.

Harvey Milk was a true 20th-century trailblazer. This film was as groundbreaking as its subject.

Winner: Best Documentary Feature–1985 Academy Awards, Special Jury Prize Documentary–1985 Sundance Film Festival, 1986 Peabody Award.

Presented as part of Utah Film Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration.



Tues, Aug 15 | 7 PM | The City Library

Directed by Geeta Patel and Ravi Patel
88 min | 2014 | USA | Rated PG
Presented in English & Gujarati with English subtitles.

Thirty, single, and freaked out, Ravi Patel embarks on a worldwide search for his bride in this witty comedy.

Winner: Audience Award for Best Feature Doc—2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

Presented as part of Utah Film Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration.


Thur, Aug 17 | 7 PM | The City Library

Directed by John Butler
95 min | 2016 | Ireland | Not Rated

Cast: Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott

Forced to share a bedroom at their rugby-mad boarding school, the loner and star athlete form an unlikely friendship.

Winner: Audience Award–2017 Damn These Heels Film Festival, Best Irish Feature–2017 Dublin International Film Festival



Mon, Aug 21 | 7 PM | Rose Wagner

Directed by Andrew James
110 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

Post-film Q&A with director Andrew James, moderated by RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

Shot in Detroit, this is a story of hard work, faith, and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.

Official Selection: 2017 Independent Film Festival Boston

Presented as part of Through The Lens series with KUER and RadioWest.

Upcoming Free Outside of Salt Lake City Screenings


Mon, Aug 7 @ 4 PM
Viridian Event Center
West Jordan

Recommended for ages 8+

Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film–2017 Academy Awards; Winner: Special Jury Prize–2016 Cannes Film Festival


Sat, Aug 12 @ 2 PM
Orem Public Library

Recommended for ages 8+

Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film–2017 Academy Awards; Winner: Special Jury Prize–2016 Cannes Film Festival


Thur, Aug 17 @ 7 PM
Star Hall

Cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes

Winner: Best Motion Picture of the Year–2017 Academy Awards, Best Motion Picture Drama–2017 Golden Globes

Media Education

Big Screen Science Workshops Kicks Off at NHMU

Science teachers sporting tripods, iPads, and cameras populated the Natural History Museum of Utah last week to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking and how they can use this as a teaching tool in their science classrooms this upcoming year. The POPS funded workshop, called Big Screen Science: Fostering Science Inquiry Through Filmmaking, kicks off our 2017-2018 school year and is one of many to come in our mission to support and inspire teachers to tap into their students' creative sides using digital media arts. 

One of the participating teachers left us some encouraging words: "The work you put into creating the learning plan, sequence, and materials is obvious and when combined with expertise and enthusiasm means we feel empowered to change how we teach. Teach on!"

Well, we plan to. If you would like to jump in and join us for a workshop, check out our other educational offerings, or attend a screening, where film meets classroom. 

Utah Film Center Programs Generously Supported By

 George S and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation ZAPZions Bank