The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is sponsored by Pierce Law Group, LLP and its Awards Ceremony is hosted by the Writers Guild of America, West. WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman states, “The WGAW joins Slamdance in supporting emerging writers. Slamdance’s annual Screenplay Competition has always found writers of talent and promise, and has helped expose their truly deserving work to the larger community.”
“This year’s screenplays stood out from the thousands of submissions and impressed us with their originality and strong storylines,” states Festival Director Anna Germanidi. “We are very excited to welcome these talented writers into the Slamdance family and follow their work to the big screen.”
The Competition has established a reputation for finding production worthy screenplays written by emerging talent. Early examples include Joshua Marston’s Maria Full of Grace and The Woodsman written by Nicole Kassel and Stephen Fetcher. Every year finalists’ work is acquired for production, such as the Cairns brothers’ 100 Bloody Acres, Chad Crawford Kinkle’s Jug Face and Clayton Sakoda’s Swine. New York animator and Slamdance alumnus Wally Chung is currently in production with the 2013 Short Screenplay Winner, Think Ink by Emily Hu, which is set to premiere as a Special Screening at the 2015 Festival. The 21st Slamdance Film Festival will take place in Park City, UT at the Treasure Mountain Inn, from January 2329, 2015.
Slamdance is a year round organization and film festival that serves as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers and is a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers. The film festival began as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and they continue to run concurrently.
Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Marc Forster (World War Z), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday).
Slamdance’s On The Road events and Slamdance Studios’ developing commercial distribution platform continue to increase opportunities for filmmakers both internationally and domestically. Slamdance Studios released earlier in the year Nicole Teeny’s Bible Quiz theatrically and in partnership with Virgil Films on Netflix, other VOD platforms and DVD. In partnership with Vimeo On Demand, Slamdance Studios is developing Slamdance 20, a collection of twenty festival award-winning and audience favorite films; titles include Matt Johnson’s The Dirties, Andrew Edison’s Bindlestiffs, and Daniel Martinico’s OK, Good. The 2014 On The Road tour was presented by CreativeFuture.
The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival submissions close on October 16th. Categories include Narrative Features & Shorts, Documentary Features & Shorts, Beyond Features, Animation & Experimental Shorts. Although the features competition is reserved for first time filmmakers only, the Beyond Features section is for filmmakers working beyond their first films. The festival program is selected entirely from blind submissions.
2015 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors include The Fusion Doc Challenge, Directors Guild of America and Salt Lake City’s BlueStar Juice Bar and Cafe. 2014 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors included Blackmagic Design, Gawk, MixBit and Vimeo. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who support emerging artists and push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.