The Utah Filmmakers™ Association (UFA™) engages aspiring filmmakers to approach their desired vocation with professionalism, integrity, and respect, to learn and embrace industry standards, and to understand the requisite business aspects of the craft. To that end, Utah Filmmakers™ actively promotes mentorship and champions established agencies, programs, and organizations that provide the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to transition from being local filmmaking enthusiasts to becoming professionals in Utah’s film industry. The UFA™ facilitates these efforts through online forums, collaboration with other nonprofit and business entities, and practical application of industry standards through the creation of original content with its production division, Section One Entertainment. The organization endeavors to bridge the local film community with Utah’s film industry.
Bridging the local film community with Utah’s film industry by imparting professionalism, integrity, and respect onto aspiring filmmakers through mentorship, collaboration, and vocation.
Code of Ethics and Conduct
The following Code of Ethics and Conduct outlines the expectations of the Utah Filmmakers™ Association regarding the decorum of its Trustees, Board Members, Leadership, Officers and Associates toward colleagues, employees, contractors, clients, customers, and the community—as well as participants in any official, associated, and/or affiliated programs, forums, activities, and events. These standards are based on the organization’s core values of Professionalism, Integrity, and Respect, defined thusly:
Demonstrating competence, accountability, and productivity in one’s occupation to the best of their abilities. Acknowledging one’s own limitations and embracing opportunities for learning and development, either on-the-job or via educational material or training. Accepting responsibility for one’s actions. Owning difficult decisions and mistakes, and being accountable for them—making necessary corrections where possible and/or relinquishing one’s stewardship over a particular program, project, or task, if necessary.
Embracing the collaborative nature of team projects, with willingness to assist others, and to seek out and accept assistance from others with more knowledge and experience. Being able to delegate responsibility and to give others opportunities to learn, grow, and excel.
Recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest which may occur whenever one’s pursuits in a particular subject leads one to actions, activities, or relationships that undermine—or appear to undermine—one’s ability to make honest and impartial choices when performing one’s duties and harm the collective interests of a project or program. This includes—but is not limited to—situations like using one’s position of authority or exploiting group resources for their own personal gain, or taking for one’s self opportunities discoverable only through one’s position.
Ensuring that one is objective, fair, does not exploit others, their hard work, or their mistakes. Giving everyone equal opportunity and to speak up when someone else doesn’t. Being just toward colleagues, fellow organizations, and businesses.
Avoiding unethical behavior and/or practices to the best of one’s ability. Being honest and transparent when one’s actions impact others (e.g. decisions affecting the livelihoods of employees and/or contractors). Malicious, deceitful, or petty conduct will not be tolerated. If one is discovered to be lying or misrepresenting themselves in their professional interactions, they may be disassociated from the organization and/or removed from official forums.
Adhering to the highest ethical standards of business conduct and accepting responsibility for acquiring sufficient knowledge of—and making a conscious effort to comply with—all federal, state, county, and municipal laws, regulations, and best practices pertaining to the environment, commerce, industry, safety, labor, discrimination, and privacy, in order to recognize potential risks and to know when to seek legal advice.
Being respectful of people, property, institutions and the environment should be by default—no one should demand that respect be “earned.” Being respectful means being inclusive, polite, patient, understanding, and courteous. One must respect the rights of others to privacy, personal space, and to have and express their own opinions, and recognize that there is strength in diversity. Differing perspectives on issues can be valuable for solving problems and generating new ideas.
When disagreements occur—and they will—it is imperative that every effort is made to immediately identify the underlying causes of those disagreements, and to try and resolve them constructively.
Any kind of violence, victimization, discriminatory or exclusionary behavior, or harassment toward others will not be tolerated. An environment where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive or creative one.
It is strongly advised that the user(s) of any information from the Utah Filmmakers™ Association—or any of its subsidiaries, programs, projects, affiliated web sites, services, social media accounts, or online forums in which it participates—pertaining to the law should consult an attorney if they want professional assurance that such information, and the user(s)’ interpretation of it, is appropriate to their particular situation.
The information contained in and/or disseminated through UtahFilmmakers.org, et al., is for information purposes only. While Utah Filmmakers™ endeavors to keep the information up to date and correct, it makes no representations or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to its online presence or the information, products or services provided by Utah Filmmakers™—or its officers, associates, clients or forum members, etc.—for any purpose. Any reliance placed on such information is therefore strictly at one’s own discretion.
In no event will Utah Filmmakers™ be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of UtahFilmmakers.org, et al. or information provided by Utah Filmmakers™.
Through its websites—and others directly associated with them—one may be able to link to other websites; Utah Filmmakers™ has no control over the nature, content, and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them just as any reference to any company, organization, or individual does not necessarily represent their endorsement of Utah Filmmakers™ or its services.
Every effort is made to keep UtahFilmmakers.org, et al. up and running smoothly. However, Utah Filmmakers™ takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website(s) being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond its control.
Regarding the collection of information
Any personal information collected by Utah Filmmakers™ is done so with the consent of the individual providing it, via web site forms, electronic and printed correspondence, etc. Said information is only used for the purposes defined at the time of its collection or a use that complies with those purposes. Utah Filmmakers™ endeavors to apply appropriate security measures to preserve the confidentiality of that information and to protect it in accordance with the federal Privacy Act of 1974.
Utah Filmmakers™ does not share, communicate, or otherwise divulge personal information to other individuals or organizations, including government agencies, public organizations, corporations, or law enforcement unless compelled to by a legal court order; nor does it sell said information for purposes of direct marketing or unsolicited communications of any kind.
Current Revision: 14 January 2021