Slamdance Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports emerging artists with the following programs:


Slamdance 2023 Festival Poster

Slamdance Film Festival is a community, an experience and a statement. Established by a wild bunch of filmmakers who wanted to showcase the unfiltered voice of independent artists, Slamdance is an ongoing experiment that has proven, year after year, when it comes to recognizing talent and launching careers that change the industry, independent and grassroots film communities can do it themselves. Slamdance is a qualifying film festival for the Oscars and the BAFTA awards. In May, 2024 Slamdance announced moving the festival from Park City, Utah to Los Angeles, California.


The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging screenwriters. Since 1997, the competition has established a strong track record for introducing writers to members of the entertainment industry who have gone on to produce, option, and represent submitted work. Like the Film Festival, the Screenplay Competition is a place for new, bold, and raw voices. We are looking for scripts that take risks, refuse compromise, and go places where Hollywood hacks fear to tread.

MIke Ackerman – 2023 Screenplay Grand Prize Winner


A Great Lamp” Now Streaming on the Slamdance Channel

Welcome to the Slamdance Channel, where you’re not just in a community; you are the community. Join an authentic, thriving, story in solidarity with other visionaries, where your perspective isn’t just respected, it’s celebrated. Your access to the Slamdance Channel goes beyond extraordinary films. You have a front-row seat to our virtual festival in January—where your point of view is not just welcome or important; it’s critical.


DIG is a showcase of innovative digital, interactive, and gaming artwork presented at Slamdance events and virtual spaces throughout the year. DIG provides a platform for independent artists who create outside of traditional media and bring their ideas to life in novel and uncompromising ways without the support of major studios or technology companies. Creative works presented at past showcases include: experimental theater, virtual and augmented reality, arcade gaming, projection mapping, and more.

Be Your Own Dentist” – 2022 DIG Selection


Taylor Miller and Steve Way

Slamdance Unstoppable is a showcase of films made by filmmakers with visible and non-visible disabilities. Programmed exclusively by disabled artists, Slamdance Unstoppable aims to eliminate the prejudices and gate-keeping that have historically kept disabled filmmakers from being represented in the entertainment industry.


Polytechnic is Slamdance’s free to attend education program. Grounded in creative experience, Polytechnic focuses on empowering emerging artists in an inclusive learning environment. The program is organized by alumni and industry collaborators who create hands on workshops, panel discussions and webinars.

Ted Hope at Slam ’24


Year-round exhibition opportunities for alumni and new filmmakers online and in theatrical settings. We program award-winning and audience favorites that don’t have traditional distribution to moviegoers in the Los Angeles area and On the Road showcases like Slamdance Miami to theater screens across the United States and around the world.


Through prizes, funding, mentorship, and career development services, Slamdance supports the creation of culturally diverse storytelling in all moving image formats.

Matt Moyer (2024 Doc Feature Winner) and Giuseppe Garau (2024 Narrative Feature Winner)

We thank our community, sponsors and supporters for making everything possible at Slamdance.