An Important Update on Emergence LA and Slamdance Miami

Dear Slamdance Community,

It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of Slamdance’s LA Emergence event (March 26-29) and the cancellation of Slamdance Miami (May 28-31). Given the rapidly changing situation regarding the spread of COVID-19, and recommendations from State and Local government officials against large public gatherings, we feel this is the best decision for the health and safety of our filmmakers and our communities in Los Angeles and Miami.

Ticket holders for any Emergence screenings can obtain a full refund for their reservations through ArcLight Cinemas. You can find instructions here on how to cancel your tickets.

Pass holders can contact us directly at submissions[at] for refunds. Emergence LA will be held at a later date this year, so if you’d like to wait on canceling your pass, it will automatically be valid for the new dates. We will continue to monitor the situation closely with the ArcLight in the coming weeks and months as we look towards future dates for Emergence.

Submitters to Slamdance Miami will receive a refund of their submission fees in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding in the time it will take to do this.

Slamdance has always been first and foremost about community. We have navigated through the terrain of independent filmmaking for the last 25 years by placing the interest of our filmmakers and creatives at the very top of our list.  The Slamdance team will continue to adapt and find creative ways to showcase independent films and support independent filmmakers in these times.

We wish you good health and continued creativity.


Peter Baxter
Co-Founder and President of Slamdance


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