2018, It's Been Real! UDEN's Update for December

This month we look forward to 2019, some great events this month and look back on what we achieved this year.

Read on!

Hello again, and a very warm welcome to December!

How could UDEN be more valuable for you? We're planning our goals and activities for 2019, so if you have thoughts on this, we really would like to hear them. Drop us an email [email protected].  We are always trying to think of new ways we can provide value for everyone involved in the creation of digital entertainment content and technology in Utah.  Our theme last year was AR and VR; we had a terrific response to all of those events, indeed a number of startups and projects arose as a result of those UDEN meetings.

Our theme for 2018 has been business development, which included the week-long HIVE IGNITE back in May and culminated in the TRADE MISSION TO PARIS last month.  It's hard to say how much new business was generated for UDEN members, but the feedback we have received from members about these has been really positive.  That said, participation for both of these events was, frankly, disappointing, especially as the goal was to help you with business development. They each took a significant effort on our part to organize and fund, so we conclude that these didn't have as much value to you as we had thought they might.  As such, we aren't planning on repeating HIVE IGNITE WEEK or arranging any TRADE MISSIONS in 2019.  If we're wrong about that and you would like to see them, please do let us know! [email protected].

The initial thinking for next year is 'Back to basics'; hold more regular networking meetings than we did this year and see if we can hold them in more towns across the State, try and extend this community and resources more widely. We'll confirm as we move into 2019.  Again, if you have thoughts or suggestions, we would love to hear them.

The Utah Film Commission announced the Next Level Grant Program providing support and funding for local directors and producers to take their projects to the next level. $2,000 grants will be awarded to five recipients in 2019.  In addition to the funding, the recipients will receive a one-year membership at the Utah Film Center’s Artist Foundry, access to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, as well as access to Sundance Institute’s Co//ab Artist Network. Applicants must be Utah residents, over the age of 18, and must be a director or producer on the project. 

The round one deadline for grant submissions is December 31, 2018.  More details about this, as well as PA Certification and Grip and Electric Training, here:  https://film.utah.gov/nextlevel.


The Events page on the UDEN website always has lists of upcoming events that are of interest to our community; there are a few that I wanted to highlight for you that are coming up soon:


The SLC chapter of the IGDA is delighted to invite you to a fun evening to celebrate the best of Utah's game development scene in 2018. The evening has two parts - the main event, followed by an after party at a different location!

Here are the categories:

Best Indie Game (Team size < 10)

Celebrity Host: Greg Squire

Lonely Astronaut 

Wobbly Words

The First Tree

Finding Sutherland

Never Split the Party

Unicycle Hero

Best Artistic Achievement

Celebrity Host: Raymond Crook

Finding Sutherland

Nicodemus: Demon

Handful of Keflings

The First Tree

Pushing Boundaries

Celebrity Host: Marc Call

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Jurassic World VR Expedition

The Raft

Achievement in Music and Sound Design

Celebrity Host: Chad Lee

Dota 2 - TI8

The First Tree

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Game of the Year

Celebrity Host: John Blackburn

Animal Jam: Play Wild
Fortnite: Battle Royale

The First Tree

Best New Gaming Startup

Celebrity Host: Laura Schumacher

Strange Reptile
Parallel Plaid

Utah Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will recognize the significant contributions made to the game industry, especially in Utah, by Jeff Peters

Cost: free

More details and RSVP: https://www.utahden.org/vazor/utah_game_developers_choice_awards_2018

Tuesday Dec 4th - Utah Grad Showcase

Join the Utah Film Center for the annual screening event showcasing the work of graduating seniors from the three major film schools in Salt Lake and Utah County: University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University. During this event, local industry professionals are invited to attend and rub shoulders with the emerging Utah talent. Likewise, recent graduates are encouraged to connect with each other and broaden their filmmaking network. And audiences get to enjoy a selection of the best new films created in the state of Utah!

Jury and Audience Award Prizes will be awarded.

More details: https://www.utahfilmcenter.org/event/utah-film-grad-showcase/ 

Jan 31st 2019 - Silicon Slopes Utah Tech Summit 2019

Letting you know about this early so you can SAVE THE DATE!  With some of the most prominent and leading minds in the tech industry taking the stage, Silicon Slopes Tech Summit is one of the largest and most prominent annual tech events in the world. Silicon Slopes Tech Summit features prominent keynotes, premium breakout sessions, breathtaking entertainment, unbelievable parties, incredible networking opportunities, and an exclusive screening of a film as part of the Sundance Film Festival. The amount of talent and experience that's on display makes this a unique event that could only happen in Silicon Slopes!

Best of all, because UDEN is a Silicon Slopes Chapter we'll have a deal on tickets for UDEN members - they will be first come, first served, so make sure to watch our social media for the announcements - TwitterInstagram, Facebook.

More details here.

REMEMBER: if you have an upcoming event you would like to share with UDEN members, you can add it to our website for FREE on the Events page!

From all of us at UDEN, our thanks for your continued support in 2018. Looking forward to working with you more in 2019 to grow this community and our shared success,


     - Jon Dean

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