JAN 25-31, 2019
PARK CITY, USA
The Slamdance Film Festival, launched in 1995, is dedicated to discovering and supporting new talents in independent filmmaking. It claims to be the only film festival in the world that is completely run by filmmakers. It gives directors a platform to showcase their craft and hence launch their careers.
The 25th edition of the festival will see 18 premieres, including ten world, four North American and four US debuts. All feature films under the competition section are made on budgets of less than $1 million USD. In addition to the United States, films from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Poland, South Africa and the United Kingdom will be screened.
This edition has announced a new category known as the ‘Breakouts Section’ that will showcase films directed by non-first-time-feature directors who are trying to push boundaries in terms of genre and form.
Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story
Directed by Patrick Creadon, the documentary details the personal and professional life of legendary filmmaker Warren Miller. It also chronicles his last on-screen interview with other filmmakers before his death on January 24, 2018.
The story centres on a French Muslim woman as she travels to New York City to visit her childhood best friend where she is subjected to religious intolerance and intense Islamophobia. The film is directed by Mark Jackson and features Hafsia Herzi in the lead role.
A Great Lamp
Behind The Bullet
The Beksinskis. A Sound and Picture Album
History of Love
SLAMDANCE SHORTS PROGRAM
This section will screen 78 short films from countries across the globe. These films will range from comedy and drama to documentaries and social commentary. The Slamdance Shorts Program has a rich history of showcasing the debut projects of filmmakers who have gone on to be highly successful in Hollywood.
Hands and Wings
All On A Mardi Gras Day
Get Up, Pierrot
Asian American Studies
The Big Spaghetti
No. 3: In the Absence of Angels
Dog In The Woods
The Slamdance Film Festival will confer the prestigious Founders Award to Academy Award winning filmmaker Steven Soderberg. It is given to a Slamdance alumnus who has continued to represent the Slamdance organisation and support its filmmaker community. The director will participate in a live discussion with festival co-founder and President, Peter Baxter. A sneak preview of his latest sports drama, High Flying Bird, will also be shown.
This edition of the film festival will see the return of the Russo Fellowship that was launched last year by filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo of Captain America and Avengers: Infinity War fame. Under the fellowship, a prize of $25,000 is offered to a deserving filmmaker. The director duo will thereafter mentor the filmmaker and offer the opportunity to continue the journey. The Russo Fellowship is presented by AGBO Films in partnership with the festival.
– Titas Chowdhury