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Film Hot Ticket: 2018 Utah Film Festival draws inspiration from ‘The Greatest Showman’

April 4, 2018 GMT

This year’s Utah Film Festival will feature a “ The Greatest Showman ” theme, according to Warren Workman, the event’s producer.

Workman said the preshow for the event’s Utah Film Awards will host circus style performers Miah Green and Friends, as well as One Voice Children’s Choir, which will sing tunes from “The Greatest Showman.” Like the movie, the festival also will provide family-friendly entertainment.

“Even though we like to have a very diverse audience, we want to also have a very diverse audience that can bring their kids,” Workman said. “We’re able to show films in all sorts of genres whilst not compromising our core values.”

This year’s festival received more than 2,100 submissions from about 90 countries, of which 160 were accepted, according to Workman. He noted that the Utah Film Awards has grown significantly from its humble beginning in 2012, when the award show was hosted in the back of the Bombay House restaurant in Provo and consisted of about 30 people and seven awards.

Some highlights of the 2018 Utah Film Festival will include the Utah premiere of new thriller “ Lore,” a screening of Utah Community Film Project “Before Your Time,” a Hallmark movie featuring Utah actress Kristen Marie Jensen and a special visit from Oscar-nominated writer and director Taylor Sheridan. The festival also will include workshops for filmmakers and PitchFest — Utah, an event that gives writers an opportunity to pitch their screenplays to producers.

“It’s kind of fun to see these people who have started off as hobbyists now get to go into a full-time career making movies, which is really their main goal,” Workman said.

The Utah Film Festival is set to take place Thursday through Saturday in Provo at the Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 W. Center St., and the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center St. A schedule and more information are available at theutahfilmawards.com, and tickets are available at utahff.chillhound.pro.

— Sarah Harris