Tickets for all events are available beginning Wednesday, January 12, at 801-225-ARTS, online at scera.org or at the door. Click here for admissions information.

All events are open to the public and take place at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem (745 South State Street).

Ben McPherson and Ben Stier

Ben McPherson and Ben Stier are award-winning television and film producers, directors and writers. They have recently launched a documentary television series airing this year on the National Geographic channel. They will share their experiences in developing a successful television series, from concept to that all important network pitch.

Friday, January 28, 12:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Steve Shimek

Steve is the director and filmmaker behind The Dragon Hunter and The Maze. He has been successful in making feature films on a shoe-string budget and finding ways to market his films internationally. Steve will talk about his approach to filmmaking and how he finds distribution for his films, including the use of digital distribution and Netflix. He will also show clips from his films.

Friday, January 28, 1:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Daryn Tufts

Daryn is the writer and director of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, a romantic comedy starring Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham. The film has received much critical praise and is being successfully distributed around the world. Daryn will talk the making of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend from its inception to writing the script and getting names attached to the project. He will also explore financing and distribution and what he has learned as a filmmaker.

Friday, January 28, 2:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Brad Barber

Beehive Stories is a series of short documentaries about people in Utah created by BYU professor Brad Barber together with his students. Beehive Stories sets out to highlight the rich diversity of people who live in a state often seen as culturally homogenous.  To do this, Brad and his team are half-way through highlighting someone from each county in Utah till they finish all 29. While the series features Utahns from all stripes, this presentation will focus on some “Utah Mormons” they’ve encountered, and offers a glimpse into what it’s like to be a 21st century Saint still living in Zion.

Friday, January 28, 3:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Bryan Lefler

Bryan is currently finishing up his first feature film, the much anticipated comedy Unicorn City. He will show clips from the film and discuss his experience making Unicorn City. Bryan will also talk about his personal approach to filmmaking and how he took the leap to directing his first feature film.

Friday, January 28, 4:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Adam Abel

Adam is the producer of the award-winning films Saints & Soldiers, Forever Strong, and Outlaw Trail. Recently, he has produced the latest Homefront commercials for the Church, and was asked by Bonneville Communications and the Church’s Missionary Department to produce their new I Am a Mormon ad campaign, a series of short portraits of members of the Church. Adam will discuss his collaboration with the Church and how he helped make their vision become a reality.

Saturday, January 29, 12:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Dennis Agle Jr.

Dennis is the writer and director at Lightstone Pictures, a production company that has produced eight musical movies since 2003, that are all based on scripture stories. Dennis will talk about how we can embrace our inner kids’ movie and share his experience of what has worked and what hasn’t as he prepares to release the series’ first feature-length title, Jonah & the Great Fish, starring David Osmond as Jonah and Katherine Nelson (Emma Smith: My Story) as the Queen of Nineveh.

Saturday, January 29, 1:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Tracy Garner

Tracy is the writer and producer of Return with Honor, a film that premiered at the LDS Film Festival a few years back. Since then, Tracy has started Nomosa, a new online platform for filmmakers and artists that strives to create a sustainable ecosystem for indie artists by turning film funding, distribution and marketing into a community effort. Tracy will talk about his vision and how it could protect and support filmmakers in the future.

Saturday, January 29, 2:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Bob Ahlander

Bob is the new Product Director for Music and Film at Excel Entertainment, the leading distributor of LDS films. He will talk about the recent changes in distribution strategies within the LDS market and the future of film distribution. Bob will also share his thoughts on what content is most popular among LDS audiences and what Excel is specifically looking for when selecting a film for distribution.

Saturday, January 29, 3:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Brandon Arnold

This year, the students of East Hollywood High School in Salt Lake City completed their second feature length Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing. They produced Macbeth the year before that, and are currently working on Hamlet. In this presentation, film instructor Brandon Arnold and some of the student cast and crew will talk about what it takes to turn a high school into a film studio, and what it could mean for the future of both filmmaking and education.

Saturday, January 29, 4:00 pm, Scera Room B1

Award Ceremony

The LDS Film Festival awards a number of prizes and honorable mentions to honor and recognize filmmakers. The winners and honorable mentions of the short film competition and 24-hour filmmaking marathon will be announced at an informal come-together, together with the finalists of the screenplay competition. Admission is free.

For the fifth time, we will also recognize two individuals with special honorary awards. The Pioneer Award honors a filmmaker who has prepared the way with his or her pioneering efforts in filmmaking. The Visionary Award is given to a filmmaker who has been a visionary influence for the LDS film community and whose work has been an inspiration to other filmmakers.

Click here for a list of awards and prizes.

Saturday, January 29, 9:45 pm, Scera Showhouse II