PARK CITY – JANUARY 24, 2013, The 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival tonight announced the feature film and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Grand Jury, and the Sponsored Award Categories. The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival Awards are sponsored by JuntoBox Films. The award winners were announced at the annual Closing Night Awards Ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn.

As in previous years, juries of leading industry experts and esteemed filmmakers determined the Slamdance Grand Jury Awards for Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, and Short Film categories. Audience and Sponsored Awards, and the Spirit of Slamdance Award are also bestowed. The feature competition films in the Documentary and Narrative Programs are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of less than $1 million.

“We are pleased to be celebrating these extraordinary films from this year’s truly powerful slate of vanguard cinema,” said Peter Baxter, Co-Founder and President of Slamdance.

Audience Award for Feature Documentary: MY NAME IS FAITH by Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker

Audience Award for Feature Narrative: HANK AND ASHA by James E. Duff

This year’s Slamdance Narrative Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Nancy Schafer, Meira Blaustein and Chris Gore.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Narrative: THE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson. “Terrifyingly timely and brutally honest, ‘The Dirties’ uses film references to the extreme as dreams of youth and intense growing pains collide.”

Special Mention: JOY DE V., by Nadia Szold. “Filled with humor, flawless characters and performances and a highly developed visual style, ‘Joy de V’ is a film that signals the arrival of a powerful new filmmaking talent.”

This year’s Slamdance Documentary Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Daniel J. Harris, Brian Knappenberger, and Dan Schoenbrun.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Documentary: BIBLE QUIZ by Nicole Teeny. “Director Nicole Teeny's careful storytelling and her subject's passion, angst, and youthful uncertainty are captured with universal empathy.”

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Documentary: THE BIRDMAN by Jessie Auritt. “We felt this slice-of-life portrait said a lot about the economy and changing way of life in a New York City neighborhood.”

This year’s Short Film Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Sheri Candler, Eleanor Burke, and Ron Eyal.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Animation: I AM TOM MOODY by Ainslie Henderson. "For its insight and for its playful spirit."

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Film: ROTKOP by Jan Roosens and Raf Roosens. "For its outstanding ensemble, emotional resonance and its bold portrayal of teenage alienation.”

Special Mention: JOSEPHINE AND THE ROACH by Jonathan Langager. "For its richly imaginative visual style and for lead Jenna Augen."

Special Mention: DONALD CRIED by Kris Avedisian. "For a standout performance, with the power to inspire empathy as well as to make you cringe."

Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Award Presented by Actor/Director Thomas Jane: THE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson. Awarded by the Class of 2013 Slamdance Filmmakers to the film team that best embodies the creative, independent, and entrepreneurial spirit of the festival, as well as showing exceptional talent as artists.

The Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography: Dieter Deventer for FYNBOS. “For creating a perfect visual balance between breathtaking landscapes, naturally lit settings, and simple but strong compositions that present the tense fragility of the human spirit within the story.”

• Every 2013 Slamdance film will receive a complimentary 1-year Vimeo PRO account as a thanks for all of their hard work and continued creativity.

• All Slamdance winners receive exclusive Slamdance Carhartt jackets courtesy of Carhartt.

• The Audience Award Winner for Best Feature Narrative receives a Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling software bundle.

• The Grand Jury Award Winner for Feature Narrative receives a $3,500 credit for law services from Pierce Law Group.

• The Grand Jury Award Winner for Feature Doc receives a $3,500 credit for law services from Pierce Law Group.

• The Kodak Award for Best Cinematography Winner receives 5,000 feet of either 16mm or 35mm film from Kodak.

Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at:

Narrative Features: http://bit.ly/RAWtHm
Documentary Features: http://bit.ly/TOBzjl
Special Screenings: http://bit.ly/R43MpR
Slam Collective: http://bit.ly/U7sdCr
Anarchy: http://bit.ly/X7z2SU
Animation: http://bit.ly/VB79RN

Beyond: http://bit.ly/XPRfJv

Documentary Shorts: http://bit.ly/126eX4w
Narrative Shorts: http://bit.ly/YXLfjr

About Slamdance: As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. The Slamdance 2013 Film Festival ran concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-24, in Park City, Utah. Slamdance continues to live by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance is proud to count among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including such cinematic luminaries as Christopher Nolan, Oren Peli, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Behn Zeitlin, Anthony and Joe Russo, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. New filmmakers and writers today realize that Slamdance is a place to launch their careers.

Supporting the filmmakers beyond the festival and improving distribution opportunities for its films has become increasingly important for Slamdance. After beginning an exclusive video on demand partnership with Microsoft in 2010, Slamdance has continued to expand its year-round platform and exhibition efforts on platforms like Xbox 360 and Cinecliq, as well as its theatrical On the Road programs in the US. On The Road programs also took place abroad in 2012 in Moscow and Krakow. The Slamdance 2013 Screenwriting Competition presented by JuntoBox Films will launch on February 25th and welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category, with a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash and no less than $50,000 in production funds for the best feature-length screenplay regardless of category.

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival Major Sponsors include Kodak, Carhartt and The Directors Guild of America. Special Event Sponsors include Blackmagic Design and Royal Purple. Official Sponsors include Vimeo, Different By Design, JuntoBox Films, InkHead Promotional Products, InFocus and Pierce Law Group, LLP. Variety is the Official Media Partner. Slamdance is once again proud to partner with sponsors who share our unique vision and support emerging artists who are pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

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