The Slamdance Film Festival is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking that lives and bleeds by its mantra: By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. Slamdance has created a track record for showcasing breakthrough artists that is beyond dispute. Filmmakers who first presented their work at the festival are now amongst the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Alumni who have shown their early short films and debut features at Slamdance include Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Ari Aster (Midsommar), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball), The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), Lynn Shelton (Sword of Trust) and Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk).
Slamdance takes place annually in the beautiful ski resort town of Park City, Utah, down the street and at the same time as Sundance. Slamdance offers an intimate community experience in which audience members, filmmakers, festival programmers and industry professionals all mingle in the same hallways and sit side by side in screening rooms to discover the next generation of cinema talent.
- Jury Award for Narrative Feature
- Jury Award for Documentary Feature
- Jury Award for Narrative Short
- Jury Award for Documentary Short
- Jury Award for Animation Short
- Jury Award for Experimental Short
- Audience Award for Narrative Feature
- Audience Award for Documentary Feature
- Audience Award for Best of Breakouts
- Outstanding Acting Award
- Spirit of Slamdance Award (all participating filmmakers vote to determine which film/filmmaker best represents the Spirit of Slamdance)
Russo Brothers Fellowship
Established in 2018 by Slamdance alums and critically acclaimed directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame), the Fellowship is designed to foster and support young filmmakers while creating a platform for new and emerging talent.
Anthony and Joe will select one filmmaker to receive a $25,000 prize, consisting of an office at their new Los Angeles based studio, mentorship from Anthony and Joe, and a cash stipend for one year.
CreativeFuture Innovation Award
Through their mission to advocate for copyright protections and to empower creatives, CreativeFuture embraces all forms of current and future storytelling mediums. They present this award to a Slamdance media artist who exemplifies the innovative spirit of filmmaking and is creating unique work through the extraordinary use of technology.
Each year significant cash and service prizes are awarded to Sparky Award recipients, including theatrical and festival screening opportunities through Slamdance Cinema Club and Slamdance On the Road throughout the year after each festival.
Submissions to Slamdance 2020 are now closed.
The Slamdance Film Festival accepts films in every genre, on any topic, from every country around the world. We spotlight low-budget Narrative and Documentary Features by first-time directors, Breakout Features from non-first time directors, short films across genres, and episodes. We do not disqualify any films based on premiere status or date of completion.
The festival program is selected entirely from our blind submissions pool and no films are given special treatment based on who made them or who they know. Over 200 Slamdance alumni filmmakers are responsible for the programming and organization of the festival. Comprised of a variety of backgrounds, interests, and talents, but with no individual filmmaker’s vote valued more than any other, Slamdance committees have been able to stay close to its original DIY spirit and continue to champion the bleeding-edge of contemporary filmmaking.
Mon, May 20 2019
Mon, July 15, 2019
Features $60 Shorts $40
Mon, August 26, 2019
Features $80 Shorts $55
Features $60 Shorts $40 (POC Director Discount)
Thur, October 3, 2019
Features $100 Shorts $65
Thur, October 10, 2019
Features $110 Shorts $70
Over 40 minutes. Not yet distributed in the US or online.
- Directed by 1st-time Narrative Feature director(s)
- Budget under $1 million
- Directed by 1st-time Documentary Feature director(s)
- Budget under $1 million
- Documentary or Narrative
- Directed by Non-1st-time feature director(s)
- No budget restriction
Under 40 minutes. No distribution restrictions. Narrative, Documentary and Animation categories are Academy Award® and BAFTA qualifying. Shorts that blur the lines between categories will be shared and considered by all appropriate programming committees.
All fiction genres, subjects and forms welcome
All non-fiction genres, subjects and forms welcome
All mediums, genres, styles, and subjects welcome. Significant portion of film must be made in frame-by-frame manner (live-action footage of puppets is not animation)
Non-narrative films that may be conceptual, abstract, graphic, didactic, or otherwise unclassifiable. Films that challenge the definition of what film can be.
Pilots and single episodes of any length, genre, and style made for any broadcast platform. No distribution restrictions.
DEPARTMENT OF ANARCHY
YOU CANNOT SUBMIT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ANARCHY.
We like to think of Anarchy as an anti-genre. It is a form of resistance to dominant cultural paradigms. The films value innovation of form, violation of taboo, and disdain for institutional modes of representation.
Anarchy is programmed out of exceptionally deviant films found in all other Shorts categories. Programmers of other categories will recommend films for Anarchy. If you think your short film fits the description above but are afraid its anarchousness might slip through the cracks, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By entering Slamdance Film Festival, you are agreeing to follow the following Rules and Guidelines:
- We consider films in any language, from anywhere in the world. If your film is not in English, make sure it has English subtitles where necessary.
- We consider work in progress. Entrants are encouraged to include a title card describing what is unfinished at the beginning of their submission screener.
- We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Even if your film already premiered at another festival, it’s still eligible.
- Only features that have not been distributed in the US are eligible for Slamdance. Entrants must notify the festival at once if their distribution status changes.
- There’s no distribution rule for shorts and episodes. All short films and episodes, including those released online, are eligible.
- Entrants can update their edit any time by uploading a new video file into the same link on Vimeo, so the submission link stays the same. Do not send us new links.
- Accepted filmmakers must own rights to their film and all its components by the time of the festival.
- If accepted, entrants are responsible for delivering their exhibition copy and other materials, such as: trailer, screener link, press stills, and press-kit, by deadline.
- If accepted, filmmakers are required to do their best to attend the festival.
Host a Filmmaker
Here is some information you should know before signing up:
SLAMDANCE FILM FESIVAL
January 24-30, 2020
Treasure Mountain Inn
255 Main St, Park City, UT 84060
Q: How do guests get matched with hosts?
A: We will compare all the information you share with us in this form with information we get from our guests. We'll create matches based on needs, expectations and more practical matters (number of beds, available dates, allergies etc.)
Q: When will you let us know who is staying with us?
A: Festival program gets confirmed in late November. Our staff member will get in touch with you in December and send an introduction via e-mail to both hosts and guests.
We'll do our best to keep you posted about any possible changes. Sometimes unexpected cancellations happen up until the start of the Festival. We thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility!
Q: Am I expected to feed and entertain my guests?
No, you are not responsible for feeding and entertaining your guests. We do hope that you will enjoy hanging out with them at your house or at the festival events. But they will have a very busy schedule with plenty of work to do and events to attend, so you don't have to worry about that.
Q: If I sign up to host, will my house definitely be used?
A: Not necessarily. Although we will do our best to place guests into all our accommodations, we might be unable to match anyone with a certain offer. If your housing is not going to be used, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Please email us at email@example.com with any questions.