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S.J.R. 26

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JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE

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CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE AND

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THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

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House Sponsor: David Clark

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             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This joint resolution of the Legislature recognizes the Sundance Institute and its annual
             12      Sundance Film Festival for the economic impact they have on the state of Utah.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes the inaugural year of the state of Utah's role as the Official Festival Host
             16      State for the Sundance Film Festival;
             17          .    recognizes the 27th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival in the state of Utah;
             18          .    recognizes the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival for the
             19      tremendous economic impact that they have on the state of Utah; and
             20          .    recognizes the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival for adding value
             21      to the state's commitment to tourism.
             22      Special Clauses:
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             25      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          WHEREAS, the Sundance Institute was created in 1981 as a nonprofit organization
             27      dedicated to the discovery and development of independent film and theater artists from the



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     United States and around the world;
             29          WHEREAS, the Sundance Institute's programs include the Feature Film Program,
             30      Documentary Film Program and Fund, Film Music Program, Native American and Indigenous
             31      Program, Theatre Program, Film Archive, Utah Community Programs like Film Makers in the
             32      Classroom and the Festival High School Screenings Program, and the annual Sundance Film
             33      Festival;
             34          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival recognized the state of Utah as the 2011
             35      Official Festival Host State;
             36          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival is the largest annual international event in the
             37      state of Utah, hosting screenings and events in municipalities throughout the state;
             38          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival is globally recognized as one of the top three
             39      film festivals in the world and the number one festival in the United States, notably discovering
             40      the best new talent and the best new American films, which often are nominated for Academy
             41      Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Awards, and
             42      other honors;
             43          WHEREAS, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival celebrates 27 years in the state of Utah
             44      and the Sundance Institute celebrates 30 years in the state;
             45          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival supports tourism in Utah by attracting over
             46      40,000 visitors each year from all over the world;
             47          WHEREAS, the 2010 Sundance Film Festival generated an economic impact of
             48      $62,000,000 for the state from the purchase of meals, lodging, car rentals, transportation,
             49      sporting and recreation, and other purchases made throughout the state;
             50          WHEREAS, an overwhelming majority of the out-of-state visitors to previous
             51      Sundance Film Festival events expressed an interest in returning to the state for reasons other
             52      than to attend future Sundance Film Festival events;
             53          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival increases Utah's visibility through printed and
             54      broadcast media coverage that reaches an estimated audience of more than 420,000,000 people
             55      in over 90 countries and generates a media value of roughly $18,500,000;
             56          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival annually supports approximately 1,500 jobs
             57      for Utah residents and impacts earnings for Utah residents by approximately $33,000,000;
             58          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival generates approximately S. [ $34,000,000 ]
             58a      $3,400,000 .S in



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     annual state sales tax;
             60          WHEREAS, for the past three years, the Sundance Institute has partnered with the
             61      Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Economic Development Corporation of
             62      Utah, the World Trade Center Utah, and Zions Bank to host several networking events during
             63      the Sundance Film Festival to introduce national and international business executives to elite
             64      Utah businesses and members of the Legislature;
             65          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival plays a vital role as an economic engine within
             66      the state, supporting local job growth, generating tax revenue, generating worldwide press and
             67      visibility, and adding value to Utah's commitment to tourism;
             68          WHEREAS, the motion picture industry is an important segment of the state's
             69      economic development efforts;
             70          WHEREAS, at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival 1,300 film industry executives and
             71      film makers visited Utah; and
             72          WHEREAS, the Sundance Film Festival serves as a platform to highlight Utah as a
             73      leader in the film industry and contributes to the Utah Film Commission's efforts in attracting
             74      productions to the state:
             75          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             76      recognizes the inaugural year of the state of Utah's role as the Official Festival Host State for
             77      the Sundance Film Festival.
             78          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature recognizes the 27th Anniversary of
             79      the Sundance Film Festival in the state of Utah.
             80          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature recognizes the Sundance Institute
             81      and the Sundance Film Festival for the tremendous economic impact that they have on the state
             82      of Utah.
             83          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah recognizes the
             84      Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival for adding value to the state's commitment
             85      to tourism.
             86          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Sundance
             87      Institute.



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