Spy Hop has won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs.
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Spy Hop Awards and Festivals

Spy Hop in the News


Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival (Burlington, NC)
– Marching On

Midnight Film Festival (New York, NY)
– Sanguine (Finalist, Best Director Nominee)


San Mauro International Film Festival (San Mauro, Italy)
– Dead Air (Semi-finalist)

Freedom Film Festival (Mount Vernon, NY)
– Dead Air

California’s American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival (San Marcos, CA)
– Native

All American High School Film Festival (Harriman, NY)
Dead Air
– Native
– Living Concrete
– Red Rover, Red Rover
– Authentic Voice
– real woman

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (Seattle, WA)
real woman

Do It Your Damn Self! National Youth Film Festival (Cambridge, MA)
Hiding in the Open

FilmQuest (Provo, UT)
Dead Air

Sidewalk Film Festival (Birmingham, AL)
Red Rover, Native

UNC Charlotte TV (Charlotte, NC)
– Native

Utah Arts Festival, Fear No Film (Salt Lake City, UT)
Dead Air ( Winner, Utah Short Film of the Year)


Youth Media Summit (Chicago, IL)
– Real Women

The America I Am Film Competition (New York City, NY)
– One Defining Dot (Winner, Creativity Award)

Newport Beach Film Festival (Newport Beach, CA)
– One Defining Dot
Mock Identity

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (Seattle, WA)
– One Defining Dot

Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (Polson, MT)
– A Wealthy Diagnosis 

Park City International Film Festival (Park City, UT)
– CO2 

Utah Film Awards (Salt Lake City, UT)
– Wealthy Diagnosis
– By The Hour

Utah Arts Festival, Fear No Film (Salt Lake City, UT)
– CO2 (Utah Short Film Competition)
– Dancing with Thorns
– Cavaties (Children’s Film Festival)

Damn These Heels Film Festival (Salt Lake City, UT)
– Mock Identity

DocUtah (Cedar City, UT)
– CO2
– Dancing With Thorns

Plural+ Youth Video Festival (New York, NY)
– One Defining Dot (Finalist)

ViewFinders Film Festival (Halifax, Canada)
– One Defining Dot

All American High School Film Festival (Harriman, NY)
– One Defining Dot


International Family Film Festival (Burbank, CA)
– By The Hour (Best Documentary, Finalist)
A Wealthy Diagnosis (Best Documentary, Winner)

Plural+ Youth Video Festival (New York, NY)
Doll House (Finalist)

Red Rock Film Festival (Cedar City,UT)
By The Hour

Salt Flats Film Festival (Salt Lake City, UT)
Unspoken Truth
By The Hour
Mock Identity
One Defining Dot (Honorable Mention Award)

Super International Teenager Film Festival (Romania)

Tower of Youth Film Festival (Carmichael, CA)
On The Outside

Utah Arts Festival, Fear No Film (Salt Lake City,UT)
By The Hour
A Wealthy Diagnosis (Utah Short Film Competition)


The National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award (Washington, D.C.)
– Spy Hop

Utah Arts Festival: Fear No Film Festival  (Salt Lake City, UT)
Return With Honor (Utah Short Film Competition)

Tower of Youth Film Festival  (Carmichael, CA)
Return With Honor

All American High School Film Festival (New York City, NY)
Cream Puff

Salt Flats Film Festival  (Salt Lake City, UT)
Three Less Orphans
Echoes (Student Competition, 1st place)


Do It Your Damn Self! Film Festival (Cambridge, MA)
– Cream Puff

Filmed in Utah Awards (Salt Lake City, UT)
-Return With Honor (Student Category, 1st place)
-Cream Puff
-Chasing Death
-Going Mad

FilmQuest Film Festival (Provo, UT)
-Chasing Death

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award (Salt Lake City, UT)
-Spy Hop (Education)

National Film Festival for Talented Youth (Seattle, WA)
-Return With Honor


American Probation and Parole Association Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
Sending Messages (Community Awareness Through Media Award)

BAYMN Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)
Realm Of Possibility (Best Documentary, 3rd place)
Transphobia (Best Documentary, 1st place)

Damn These Heels Film Festival (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Woman Inside Me

Fear No Film (Salt Lake City, UT)

Grammy Foundation & MusiCares Foundation Teens! Make Music Contest
(Los Angeles, CA)

-Psychological Cool Guy (Winner, 1st place)

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards (Washington D.C)
-Spy Hop (2013 Finalist)

Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival (Poughkeepsie, NY)

ViewFinders Film Festival (Halifax, Canada)

YouTube DoGooder Awards
Defending Dignity (Finalist)


Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards Nominations
Even Handed
My Muslim Eyes
-Wishes, Sending Messages
-Faith, Sending Messages
-Big Feet, Musicology (Winner, Audio)
-Emalie Ruffy Music Video

Cine Las Americas, (Austin, TX)
Una Educacion

CineYouth Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
My Muslim Eyes

City Weekly ARTy’s (Salt Lake City, UT)
-Spy Hop Annual Benefit (Best Arts Fund-Raising Event)

Damn These Heels Film Festival (Salt Lake City, UT)
Even Handed (Opening Night film)

Deadcenter Film Festival (Oklahoma City, OK)
My Muslim Eyes

Fear No Film, (Salt Lake City, UT)
My Muslim Eyes
Even Handed

International Family Film Festival, (Hollywood, CA)
Even Handed (Winner, Best Educational Short)
My Muslim Eyes (Finalist, Best Short Documentary)

Los Angeles International Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
Even Handed

National Film Festival for Talented Youth, (Seattle, WA)
Even Handed

Newport Beach Film Festival (Newport Beach, CA)
Even Handed
My Muslim Eyes

PLURAL+ & Humanity Without Borders (New York City, NY)
Even Handed (Waging Nonviolence award, Humans Being Humans Award)

Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of National Academy of Television and Science (Phoenix, AZ)
-Navigating Freedom – In Partnership with KUED 7 (Student Long Form, Award of Excellence)

San Francisco Film Festival, (San Francisco, CA)
Even Handed

San Francisco International Women’s Festival, (San Francisco, CA)
My Muslim Eyes

Teen Truth Film Festival
My Muslim Eyes
Even Handed

Tower of Youth Film Festival (Sacramento, CA)
My Muslim Eyes

ViewFinders Festival for Youth/Atlantic Film Festival, (Halifax, Canada)
Even Handed
My Muslim Eyes

Westport Youth Film Festival (Westport, CT)
My Muslim Eyes
Even Handed

Williamsburg Film Festival (Williamsburg, VA)


Commission on Youth Award (Salt Lake City, UT)
-Spy Hop (Group Adult Award)

Fear No Film Festival (Salt Lake City, UT)

Los Angeles International Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)

National Film Festival for Talented Youth (Seattle, WA)

T Tauri (Batesville, AR)
River’s End

Tower of Youth Film Festival (Sacramento, California)

Westport Youth Film Festival (Westport, CT)

Spy Hop In The News

November 21, 2018 – Gratitude in three wonderful Utah programs: Repertory Dance Theatre’s Mosaic, NOVA Chamber Music Series’ Royal Musings, Spy Hop’s PitchNic | Utah Review
November 1, 2018 – 16th annual Spy Hop Productions’ PitchNic films scheduled to premiere Nov. 8 | Utah Review
September 17, 2018 – Spy Hop: Hands-on Music and Multimedia Experience for Kids in Utah | Reverb
June 24, 2018 – About Utah: Getting Creative About Staying Afloat | The Deseret News
May 24, 2018 – Spy Hop Productions receives a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts | Utah Review
May 7, 2018 – Draper Park eighth-graders explore colleges, careers | Draper Journal
May 3, 2018 – Spy Hop Productions cultivates indispensable community roots as it launches campaign for new home | The Utah Review

November 17, 2017 – Genuine voices, passions enliven four outstanding short films in Spy Hop’s PitchNic 2017 class
October 26, 2017 – Spy Hop Productions’ 15th annual PitchNic premieres slated for Nov. 2 | The Utah Review
July 30, 2017 – Program helps Utah youth learn how to design video games | Fox 13 News
July 7, 2017 – A detailed look at largest, most cosmopolitan lineup ever at Utah Film Center’s Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival | The Utah Review
June 22, 2017 – Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Spy Hop’s workshops geared toward onsite creative outputs in beatmaking, Claymation videos, filmmaking | The Utah Review
March 24, 2017 – At Central Ninth, grab a coffee and watch Salt Lake City’s newest urban food scene take shape | The Salt Lake Tribune
March 20, 2017 – Drumpf’s proposed budget cuts would hurt Utah arts and dance groups | Deseret News
February 2, 2017 – Utah’s film industry shows off to legislators | The Salt Lake Tribune
January 2, 2017 – Spy Hop receives $15,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts | Deseret News

October 26, 2016 – Spy Hop’s 14th annual PitchNic premiere will highlight art of pitching good film stories | The Utah Review
September 21, 2016 – Spy Hop Has a New Home | Utah Film Commission
July 5, 2016 – Spy Hop moving out of Rio Grande neighborhood | KSTU Fox 13
March, 2016 – Giving Them a Shot | Fibonacci Fine Arts Magazine
January/February 2016 – Spy Hop: Recognized by First Lady at the White House | adnews
February 9, 2016 – Arts Celebrated at Utah Capital | The Daily Universe
January 28, 2016 – Geena Davis Honors | ABC 4 News

November 30, 2015 – Utah Youth Media Program Recognized | Utah Public Radio
November 19, 2015 – Utah Student Recognized by the White House | KSL TV
November 19,2015 – Kitzia Rodríguez es parte de uno de los programas de Artes y Humanidades galardonados por Michelle Obama | Vive USA
November 17, 2015 – Michelle Obama awarded 12 youth arts programs in poor communities | Univision
November 17, 2015 – Remarks by the First Lady at the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program awards | The White House
November 17, 2015 – Michelle Obama awards 13 youth arts programs | The Washington Post
November 17, 2015 – First lady honors SLC’s Spy Hop after-school program | Salt Lake Tribune
November 16, 2015 – Salt Lake after-school program praised by Michelle Obama | The Deseret News
November 13, 2015 – Youth Program Honored by First Lady | KSTU Fox 13
November 3, 2015 – Spy Hop’s 13th annual PitchNic Premiere signals young filmmakers’ creative, intellectual passions | The Utah Review
July 17, 2015 – Mini-moviemakers | Moab Sun News
June 25, 2015 – Utah Arts Festival: Rockin’ Robots | The Salt Lake Tribune
May 21, 2015 – Making the most of their differences: Arcane’s trio of musicians in Spy Hop’s newest band | The Utah Review

November 13, 2014 – Audience gives rousing approval to Spy Hop’s PitchNic films now ready to hit national indie film festival circuit | The Utah Review
May 20, 2014 – Untold Stories Winners and Podcast | CEEAS
May 20, 2014 – Behind the scenes of “Sending Messages” podcast | NEA
April 28, 2014 – Film Festival for children and youth to be held in Moab | Moab Times Independent
April 25, 2014 – Spy Hop: Writing Our Future | Salt Lake Magazine
April 8, 2014 – MARC announces summer programs for kids | Moab Times Independent

December 30, 2013 – Utahn wins prestigious scholarship to study in the U.K. | Salt Lake Tribune
May 14, 2013 – Spy Hop presenting event where you can be like Mr. Wonderful or Mark Cuban of ‘Shark Tank’ | The Salt Lake Tribune
April 30, 2013 – Spy Hop one of 50 finalists for National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award | The Salt Lake Tribune
March 18, 2013 – Fueling the Youth of Tomorrow – Boinx Software
February 21, 2013 – Two teenagers from Spy Hop win first place in Grammy contest | The Salt Lake Tribune
February 14, 2013 – In podcast, troubled Utah teens share their struggles | The Salt Lake Tribune

November 1, 2012 – Salt Lake County Library, Spy Hop team up to help refugee teens share their stories | The Salt Lake Tribune
August 21, 2012 – The Selective Echo » Spy Hop Productions is a master of the art of Utah community engagement
August 1, 2012 – Salt Lake City Blogs:Gavin’s Underground-August Gallery Stroll: Spy Hop Productions

November 11th, 2011 – Spy Hop’s PitchNic films | Selective Echo
November 10th, 2011 – Pitchnic filmmaking students screen their hard work
August 11th, 2011 – Salt Lake City Music – Spy Hop Records
August 9th, 2011 – Utah’s Spy Hop Productions selected to receive a donation from Find Your Light Foundation
June 13th, 2011 – Commission on Youth Awards 2011 – Division of Youth Services – Salt Lake County
May 15, 2011 – Ogden film student answers the question ‘What does freedom mean to me?’ with “Even Handed”
May 5, 2011 – Local musician’s album is a landmark for him – and Spy Hop Records
April 12, 2011 – Spy Hop Scores at Westport
January 2, 2011 – Spy Hop director brings love of music to students

August 2, 2010 – Message in a Podcast: Troubled youth share their stories by Sending Messages.
July 2010 – Out of School and Inside the Studio: Spy Hop Records Empowers a New Generation of Musicians
August 23, 2009 – Open Mic Program Featured on NPR

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