In 2018, Britt and Jeff Roth husband and wife team behind the creation of the fest, discovered Kanab, UT. They quickly learned about its rich movie history and could not believe a film fest didn't already exist! April 2019 was the inaugural event and it was a huge success with much support across the community. Despite the challenges 2020 presented, Kanab Film Fest was the first in-person Film Festival that took place in the United States and played to a HUGE crowd in person and online, and featured 38 original films, expanded "Best Of"categories, hosted five incredible workshops with industry professionals, and offered festival goers great food, music, and networking opportunities over the three days.
With the Arts Board, the City of Kanab, the Office of Tourism, and an amazing community of Sponsors, they formed a strong team- dubbed the Mighty Five- and put on a memorable 3-day event with an epic kick off party, kids movie event, local movie history tours and nature hikes each day, and screened 27 incredible films (of the 47 submitted) to a sold out crowd!
2020 was a widely successful second year featuring 38 original films, expanded "Best Of"categories, five incredible workshops with industry professionals, and a whole lot of great food, music, and networking!