Utah has a long and rich history of TV and film production.

A large number of movies, TV shows, and other projects have filmed in the state over the years.

All of that is done with the help of the Utah Film Commission.

Virginia Pearce is the Director for Utah Film Commission. She joined us in studio Monday to talk about some productions and festivals planned this year.

First up: Sundance. The film festival begins Thursday, January 24th and runs through February 3rd.

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival had an impressive in-state presence, with four Utah-made productions premiering at the Festival for the second year in a row 

This year Disney Channel will return to film a High School Musical series, there is a feature film by Jim Cummings called The Werewolf, and a documentary about the most remote high school in Utah.

Last year, Utah-made productions were released throughout the year, including Paramount’s Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, YouTube Red’s Youth and Consequences, and second seasons of HBO’s Westworld and Disney’s Andi Mack. Features including Little Women, Trek and Jane and Emma were also released 

In an effort to help local filmmakers and producers the film commission recently 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.

To find out more about the Utah Film Commission and the productions and festivals they are helping support this year, click here.