The Hanson FilmTV Institute is part of the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television and funded through annual contributions from the Jack and Vivian Hanson Foundation, established in 2002 with a bequest from Vivian Hanson, a cherished friend and donor to the University of Arizona and an avid lover of film. The Institute’s pilot programs kicked off in October 2004 and the Arizona Board of Regents formally approved the non-profit Hanson FilmTV Institute in December 2005.


Since the beginning, the Hanson FilmTV Institute has provided services and support for students, faculty, filmmakers, and film organizations, produced events featuring noted filmmakers, and collaborated with various community-based film organizations and educational institutions. 

Take a look at our highlighted Hanson events here.


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"Without question, the numerous public programs and free screenings which the Institute produces have enriched our local film community immeasurably." 


—Peter Catalanotte,

Director, Film Tucson

Former Institute Director Vicky Westover (r) and special guest Director Allison Anders. (l)