As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent in the film industry; it is also the only major film festival fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance counts among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess and Oren Peli. The Slamdance Film Festival
takes place each year in Utah at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival
, competing to provide what its supporters consider a truer representation of independent filmmaking. Slamdance is especially unique because their feature competition is limited to films made with budgets under $1 million dollars and made by first time directors.
The festival was founded in 1995 by Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn and Peter Baxter and has since become a year-round organization championing emerging filmmaking talent and their new work.
Slamdance adamantly supports self-governance amongst independents, and claims to deliver what filmmakers go to festivals for: a chance to show their work and a launching point for their careers. Slamdance has earned a reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within limited budgets.
Festival discoveries have included directors such as Christopher Nolan (“Memento”), Marc Forster (“Monster's Ball”) and Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”).... Read More