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Why hello! Nice to meet you! We hope you’ve had a great time at the Zions Indie Film Fest.

Artist Foundry and Utah Film Center offer many programs to support filmmakers, including our fiscal sponsorship programs.

If you’d like to receive a special code for 20% off future fiscal sponsorship administrative fees through Utah Film Center and Artist Foundry, please email Frank Bennett at fbennett@utahfilmcenter.org by May 31, 2024. 

If you’d like to receive a free annual Artist Foundry membership, please email Amanda Madden at amadden@utahfilmcenter.org by May 31, 2024.

ABOUT THE FISCAL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Many foundations and large donors require grant applicants to be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and unfortunately, obtaining this status is time-consuming and labor-intensive. This process is especially frustrating for independent artists searching for funding to complete their projects in a timely manner.

Artist Foundry and Utah Film Center offers artist support with an alternative program: fiscal sponsorship. Artists and filmmakers in need of funding can apply to our fiscal sponsorship program online and approved non-commercial film projects are eligible to use the Film Center’s nonprofit status, rather than establishing their own.

All donations made to projects fiscally sponsored by Artist Foundry and Utah Film Center are 100% tax-deductible, and filmmaker recipients are awarded 94% of each of their donations. Utah Film Center retains 6% of each donation to cover administrative costs. Best of all, the fiscal sponsorship program also allows Utah Film Center to support artists and projects worldwide and provides Utahns access to each completed project free of charge.

 

To learn more about the program or apply, click here.

To donate to any of the film/projects,
please send a check to:
Utah Film Center
50 W Broadway Ste 1125
Salt Lake City UT 84101

Include the name of the film/project in the memo line. For questions, contact our team via email at fiscal_sponsorship@utahfilmcenter.org or by phone at 801-746-7000.

Fiscal Sponsorship Grant Application Process

The Utah Film Center Fiscal Sponsorship program was established to assist independent filmmakers in gaining access to funds to make the best independent film and documentaries. It is important to us that the films we sponsor fit within our mission and are of the highest caliber. Utah Film Center accepts applications throughout the year. All applications will be reviewed by the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee to determine if they fit into our mission and meet our standards. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email within 3-4 weeks of receipt.

Should your project be approved for UtFC Fiscal Sponsorship, you will receive a legally binding contract between Utah Film Center and the individual or company producing the project. This person or company will also manage all funds raised, and will be responsible for reporting income/funds received for tax purposes.

Step 1: Fill out the online Fiscal Sponsorship Application.

You will be asked to provide the following information:

* Logline – Provide a brief, catchy summary of your story.

* Synopsis – Give an overview of your story. Describe the anticipated story structure and narrative trajectory, or potential character arcs for your project.

* Topic Summary – Explain the cultural or social relevance and context for the topic, and why this project is timely or urgent.

* Artistic Approach – How are you going to tell this story?

* Production Timeline – Explain the current status of the project.

* Distribution and Marketing Strategy – Characterize the intended distribution life for your film.

* Intended Audience – Describe the anticipated audience for your project, including any underserved audiences.

* Audience Engagement and Social Impact – What actions do you hope for viewers to take after seeing your film?

* Bios of Key Creative Personnel – Provide brief biographies of each key creative team member; include information about relevant expertise and the individual’s role in the project.

* Fundraising Strategy – Describe the strategy for raising the additional funds necessary to complete the project.

* Funding to Date – Provide a list of all sources and amounts raised to date.

* Comprehensive Line Item Expense Budget – Please provide a breakdown of your project’s projected expenses, from development through release, in U.S. dollars, including a budget total.

* Work Sample Link – Optional

Narrative/Fiction projects only: In addition to filling out the application, narrative films should also submit a shooting script (no more than 20 pages) to fiscal_sponsorship@utahfilmcenter.org.

Fill out Fiscal Sponsorship Application ►

Step 2: Pay the application fee

Application fee of $50 – This can be paid online at the end of the application process or you can pay by check. Checks should be made payable to Utah Film Center with your film title in the Memo line.

           Utah Film Center
           50 W Broadway Ste 1125
           Salt Lake City, UT 84101

 

Questions? For questions, contact us via email at fiscal_sponsorship@utahfilmcenter.org or by phone at 801-746-7000.

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