Welcome to Slamdance!
Slamdance 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, the independent and grassroots film communities can do it themselves.
Our incredible festival line-up this year and the massive support shown from our alumni and partners in creating Slamdance ‘23 reflect who we are as an artist-led organization. Everyone is now invited to take part!
Slamdance 2023 will take place in-person from January 20-26 in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah and virtually from January 23-29.
DIG (Digital, Interactive, and Gaming)
In-Person Festival (January 20-26)
Passes grant you access to all film screenings, panels, and happy hours (ages 21+), as well as online access to The Slamdance Channel for the entire festival period.
Festival Organizers and Industry Members
Students, Locals, and Filmmakers
Virtual Festival (January 23-29)
Unlimited on-demand access to the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival is included with the Slamdance Channel. Membership starts at $7.99/month, with discounts available for students and longer renewal periods.
- Jury Award for Narrative Feature
- Jury Award for Documentary Feature
- Jury Award for Breakouts
- Jury Award for Narrative Short
- Jury Award for Documentary Short
- Jury Award for Animation Short
- Jury Award for Experimental Short
- Unstoppable Award for Narrative Film
- Unstoppable Award for Documentary Film
- Audience Award for Narrative Feature
- Audience Award for Documentary Feature
- Audience Award for Episodes
- Outstanding Acting Award
- Spirit of Slamdance Award
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.
The Russos and their production company, AGBO, will select one filmmaker to receive a $25,000 prize and access to office at their new Los Angeles based studio and mentorship from Anthony and Joe.
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.
What is Slamdance Unstoppable?
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.
Slamdance Unstoppable began with a letter to Slamdance Co-Founder Peter Baxter from filmmaker and disability awareness advocate Juliet Romeo. She said that a program for and by disabled filmmakers at Slamdance was not only important, but necessary.
She was right.
Slamdance Unstoppable is the result of that letter. In a relatively short time, films selected through Slamdance Unstoppable have become an integral part of Slamdance’s festival DNA. Beginning with a showcase of short films at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival, the program has since grown to include feature films. And after two years of virtual screenings, we’re delighted to finally present the first in-person Unstoppable showcase at the University of Utah as part of the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival!
And that’s only the beginning. As Newton said, an object in motion stays in motion... and Slamdance Unstoppable isn’t stopping anytime soon.
If you would like to donate in support of Slamdance Unstoppable, click here.
Salt Lake City Weather & Elevation: Salt Lake City has an elevation of 4,225 feet and an average January temperature between 27° and 40° Fahrenheit.
University of Utah: Handicapped parking is located just outside the Student Union building. There are five wheelchair spaces in the theater. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are down the hall from the theater next to the check-in desk. A wheelchair-accessible elevator is on the far west side of the building. All films will be screened with captions. An ASL interpreter will be present for panels and Q&As.
Park City Weather & Elevation: Park City has an elevation of 7,000 feet and an average January temperature between 14° and 35° Fahrenheit.
Treasure Mountain Inn: Parking is not available on Main Street during the festival. Wheelchair-accessible access to Treasure Mountain Inn is available via an elevator on the north side of the building. Staff members will be on hand to create space for wheelchair users in screening rooms. Select films will be screened with captions. Each screening room has at least eight sets of standard outlets and a power inverter with 240v outlet is available upon request. Filtered water is available between the Great Room and Crescent Room entrances next to the black doors.
The Slamdance Channel: All films and panels will be available with captions.
For additional questions, contact Slamdance Accessibility Coordinator Gabriel Misla at email@example.com.
Get Ready for Slamdance: Top 20 FAQ
The festival will run in-person January 20-26 and online January 23-29.
In-person passes and tickets may be purchased at slamdance.com prior to the festival and in-person beginning January 19th. You can sign up for online festival access at slamdancechannel.com.
The full festival program and schedule will be available at slamdance.com on December 12th.
We are neighbors and our festivals coincide with one another. Each is run independently of one another.
Park City is a beautiful mountain town with a classic American Main Street known for its world class winter sports. And Slamdance, of course! Expect to handle snow, cold weather (35F high / 14F low) and high altitude (7,000’). Our festival venue at Treasure Mountain Inn (TMI) at the top of Main Street is a snow ball away from the Egyptian Theatre. TMI is a very friendly and accommodating hotel we’ve called home for over 25 years. Its intimate surroundings provide everyone who comes to Slamdance the chance to meet and get to know one another.
There are no exclusive events at Slamdance. Everyone is welcome to join in.
Park City's high January cost is unavoidable but we try to do everything we can to create an affordable and inclusive festival experience. All-access festival passes start at $125 and the most expensive pass is $250. Ticket prices for individual screenings are between $12 and $15 and all Unstoppable screenings at the University of Utah are completely free. If you can't make it to Park City or Salt Lake City, Slamdance '23 is available online for just $7.99.
Salt Lake City (home of the Unstoppable portion of the festival!) is a good alternative that offers more affordable food and lodging options. You can expect a travel time of about 45 minutes between Salt Lake City and Park City. Heber City (also about 45 minutes away from Park City) is another good alternative.
Park City provides an impressive free shuttle service throughout the festival week from the top of Main Street, where Slamdance is located, all the way down to Kimball Junction where you can more easily park a car coming up from Salt Lake City. Rideshare options are available but beware their prices can get extremely high and when your driver loses cellular reception they often don’t know where they are going. Airport shuttle services run regularly from Salt Lake City airport to Park City and cost over $100 each way. The journey takes approximately one hour.
High Valley Transit: Park City > Salt Lake City
UTA: Park City > Salt Lake City
Valley Ride (ADA Complimentary Paratransit): For individuals with permanent or temporary disability seeking transportation within the Park City area.
Yes, but you'll want to arrive early to more easily find a parking space. Average daily parking cost is $25. Here is Park City's parking map.
Intermountain Park City Hospital (Open 24 Hours)
900 Round Valley Dr, Park City, UT
Utah roads are well maintained in winter and cleared of snow quickly. Occasionally, severe snow storms will disrupt transport. We encourage you too look out for local weather warnings during your stay and plan accordingly.
For those attending the in-person festival, we ask you to follow all CDC guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, testing for COVID-19 prior to attending the festival, or if you begin to feel unwell, staying home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and avoiding contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Festival attendees are encouraged to wear masks and wash their hands frequently.
We care about the safety of our community, and do not want anyone to place themselves in a situation where they feel they may be placing their health at risk. For those who are particularly concerned about COVID-19, we encourage you to participate in the virtual festival.
Please note that both our venues – Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City – are public spaces. Festival-goers should expect ample foot traffic from non-Slamdance attendees, and capacity for social distancing will be limited. We expect that all guests abide by Utah State COVID-19 Guidelines and familiarize themselves with State and federal mandates prior to attending any in-person events.
Stay hydrated and pack a water bottle. Park City’s altitude and dry air often catches people off guard.
While there are always some well-known alumni attending Slamance, we're most excited about you getting to meet the next generation of filmmakers who, like Gina and Chris, will go on to change the face of the entertainment industry.
Slamdance festival films are generally not rated and we advise you to check our own film advisory notices before viewing any festival film.
Yes, we will have merchandise available at our Park City location.
Aside from a Slamdance beanie, we recommend a good coat and footwear that doesn't slip on ice.
Yes! Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
The majority of the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival is available for streaming on the Slamdance Channel without restriction. However, a few films have required geographic restrictions due to distribution rights, other festivals, etc.
Restrictions are as follows:
Only available in the United States: Endless Sea, Free LSD, Gwendoline, Inspire Me, It's Time You Died Already, Juice, MELA, OKAY! (The ASD Band Film), Onlookers, Reality Is Not Good Enough, Safe as Houses, Sexual Healing, Silent Love, Starring Jerry as Himself
Only available in Utah: American Pot Story: Oaksterdam, The Art of Silence, Diomysus, The Girl Who Was Cursed, MAD CATS, Mascot, New Religion, Sign the Show, Stalled, The Underbug
Only available in the United States and Canada: Nut Jobs
Only available in North America: Visiting Day
Unavailable in New York City: Palookaville
Unavailable in Australia: Addresses
Unavailable in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia: Where the Road Leads
Unavailable for Streaming: Downwind, Fuzzy Head
Unavailable in New York, California, Australia, South America, Europe, Middle East, and North Africa: Our Males and Females
Slamdance Unstoppable 2023 will take place in-person January from 23rd to 25th and virtually on the Slamdance Channel from January 23rd to January 29th.
All in-person Unstoppable events will take place at the University of Utah in the Student Union Theater. The theater is inside of the A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building which is located at 200 South Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.
From Downtown Salt Lake City
Take 100 South (turns into North Campus Drive) to Central Campus Drive. Turn right and continue to Union. Visitor parking is located in front of the building.
From the South
Take I-15 north to 215 east. Exit at Foothill Blvd. Take Foothill Blvd. to Mario Capecchi Drive. Turn right. Bear left; go under the Legacy Bridge and cross tracks to Wasatch Drive. Turn left on North Campus Drive and then left on Central Campus Drive. Continue driving past the Union to the visitor parking area.
From the North
Take I-15 south to I-80 east. Exit at Foothill Blvd. Take Foothill Blvd. to Mario Capecchi Drive. Turn right. Bear left; go under the Legacy Bridge and cross tracks to Wasatch Drive. Turn left on North Campus Drive and then left on Central Campus Drive. Continue driving past the Union to the visitor parking area.
From the East or West
Take I-80 and exit at Foothill Blvd. Take Foothill Blvd. to Mario Capecchi Drive. Turn right. Bear left; go under the Legacy Bridge and cross tracks to Wasatch Drive. Turn left on North Campus Drive and then left on Central Campus Drive. Continue driving past the Union to the visitor parking area.
The A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The theater is located on the east side of the building (see map). Guests can park in Lot K and enter through the North Entrance. Employees at the service desk will be able to direct you to the theater.
The Student Union Theater seats 100 persons. More info here.
There are five wheelchair spaces in the theater.
The Union has a variety of dining options, including Einstein’s Bagels, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, and Burger Boi. More information available here.
Restrooms are located just down the hall from the theater next to the check-in desk. Both the men and women’s restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Yes, the elevator on the far West side of the building is wheelchair accessible.
All Unstoppable screenings, Q&As and panels are free and open to the public. However, you will need to reserve your seat!
The 2023 Slamdance Unstoppable lineup will be announced December 12th.
Yes! Tickets can be reserved here.
Unstoppable events are free and open to everyone, including University of Utah students and faculty, Slamdance filmmakers and programmers, and the general public.
Yes, all Unstoppable panels and Q&As will have an ASL interpreter present.
Yes, service animals are welcome on the University of Utah campus.
SLC (Salt Lake City International Airport).
These resources should be helpful.
SLC Airport Services: link
SLC Airport Accessibility: link
SLC Airport Rental Cars: link
TSA Helpline: 1-855-787-2227
The TSA helpline is a toll-free resource to help disabled travelers answer questions about screening policies, procedures, and what to expect at a security checkpoint. It is recommended for travelers to call at least 72 hours prior to travel.
You may park in the visitor lot which is located just east of the Student Union building. There are additional lots available behind the building to the north, but they require University parking permits prior to 6 p.m.
The nearest handicapped parking spaces are located just across from the east entrance to the Student Union Building.
Transportation options for service to persons with disabilities must be prearranged. While most ground transportation service providers can provide or arrange the service, it is not guaranteed that the equipment needed will be available upon arrival at SLC without having made prior arrangements. A list of ADA-compliant transportation companies is available on the SLC Airport Ground Transportation page.
Public transportation for passengers with disabilities is provided by the Utah Transit Authority Paratransit program. To make arrangements, contact UTA at (801) 287-7433 and visit the UTA Paratransit Services website for more information.
Park City is 32 miles away from the University of Utah, which can be anywhere from a 40 to 70 minute drive depending on traffic and weather.
Please note that all Slamdance events in Park City require tickets or a festival pass to attend.
If you have any additional questions about accessibility or the Slamdance Unstoppable program, contact Slamdance Accessibility Coordinator Gabe Misla at email@example.com.
Accessibility and affordability continue online at the Slamdance Channel.