25th Annual

Slamdance Film Festival

January 25, 2019 to January 31, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Features
Narrative features over 40 min in length, made by FIRST-TIME narrative feature directors, with a budget under one million dollars and no distribution.

In this program we focus on first-time filmmakers who are creating bold, audacious, and risk-taking work. We appreciate production value, but are drawn more to raw talent and unique storytelling.
Narrative Shorts
Fiction short films up to 40 minutes.
We welcome a wide variety of styles and genres: comedy, drama, horror, underground, mockumentaries, music videos, and films that fit into multiple categories or no category at all.
Academy Award® qualifying category

Documentary Features
Documentary features over 40 min in length, made by FIRST-TIME documentary feature directors, with a budget under one million dollars and no distribution.

In this program we focus on first-time filmmakers who are creating bold, audacious, and risk-taking work. We appreciate production value, but are drawn more to raw talent and unique storytelling.
Documentary Shorts
Documentary Shorts up to 40 minutes in length.
We gladly accept any type of documentary subject matter.
Academy Award® qualifying category.

Breakouts
Narrative and Documentary features over 40 minutes in length, made by NON-FIRST-TIME feature filmmakers, with no distribution.

We are looking for breakthrough films from breakout directors who demonstrate a determined vision of filmmaking that is instinctively becoming their own. These artists continue to push boundaries in genre and form, and are beacons of light that predict the future of film. Our goal is to help daring and resilient filmmakers connect with bigger audiences and take their well-deserved place on the world cinema stage.
Animation Shorts
Animated films up to 40 minutes in length significantly made in a frame-by-frame manner. (live-action footage of puppets, for example, is NOT animation).
Any animation technique, style, genre, and subject matter is welcome.
*Academy Award® qualifying category

Experimental Shorts
Non-narrative work up to 40 minutes in length.
We realize that "experimental" is a subjective and vague term, but we don't want to allow the failure of language to keep us from programming films that do not fit into other categories. Send us your conceptual, abstract, graphic, didactic, or unclassifiable films! Works that blur the lines of categorization will be shared with other programming committees.


Episodes
Pilots and single episodes of any length.

Slamdance has always been open to supporting every type of moving image and media format. In Episodes we showcase episodic work in any style, genre and format intended for any type of broadcast known to the universe. We will consider conceptual art, comedy, documentaries, drama, education, furry videos, horror, social commentary, satire, video blog and anything else you can think of as long as it is a part of a series.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Slamdance is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking that lives and bleeds by its mantra: By Filmmakers For Filmmakers. No other film festival in the world is entirely run and organized by the creative force that can only be found in filmmakers. Slamdance adamantly supports self-governance amongst independents, and exists to deliver what filmmakers go to festivals for – a chance to show their work and a platform to launch their careers. Slamdance has created a track record for emerging artists that is beyond dispute. Filmmakers who first showed their work at the festival are now amongst the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

We welcome films on any subject, in any language, from anywhere in the world. We consider works in progress. We program films regardless of their premiere status.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

AWARDS & PRIZES

Filmmakers of Slamdance 2019 will compete for various awards and prizes, including the Slamdance Sparky, and the Russo brothers $25,000 Fellowship award, in addition to other cash and service prizes provided by our sponsors.

The coveted Slamdance Sparky will be awarded in the following categories:
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 Breakouts Feature
Outstanding Acting Award
Spirit of Slamdance Award (all participating filmmakers vote to determine which film/filmmaker best represents the Spirit of Slamdance during the 2019 Festival)

Russo Brothers Fellowship
Established in 2018 by Slamdance alums and critically acclaimed directors Anthony and Joe Russo, 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.

Additional prizes
-Each year significant cash and service prizes are awarded to Sparky Award recipients.
-The Slamdance Cinema Club offers theatrical showings of select features and shorts throughout the year following each festival.


SLAMDANCE FILMMAKER FEEDBACK

"The 2018 Slamdance Festival was a spoiling experience for me. It was my first film festival, my first feature, and my first time driving in the snow.
Beyond the excitement of so many firsts, was the incredible staff, volunteers, and attendees. What a rewarding experience it was to be among so many kind, talented, and open minded individuals. There was so much laughter, exchanges of ideas, and reviews; and most everyone I encountered was involved in the arts in some way, shape, or form. What I am most grateful for, was the overwhelming encouragement that buzzed all around. So many encouraging words, inspiring panels, and friendly faces!”
-Rhaechyl Walker, lead actress, MY NAME IS MYEISHA, Outstanding Acting Award winner 2018


Oh man, Slamdance was a blast! It sounds cliche, but I could not have imagined a better spot to premiere our film. The vibe, the attitude, the people: it’s the foundation of everything I looked up to getting into film and picking up a camera at age 10. The whole Slamdance team was incredibly welcoming to our cast and crew. I felt like I was meeting family I never knew I had before. I am incredibly honored to have our first feature film be alumni of Slamdance. I hope it continues to inspire the next generation of filmmakers to go bolder and louder and shake things up!
-Trevor Stevens, ROCK STEADY ROW, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner for Best Narrative Feature 2018


"Until Slamdance, I didn’t know I was a filmmaker. I was just a guy who had made something with some great people. But the encouragement, the enthusiasm, the positivity, and the straight-shooting practical advice and support from the Slamdance staff, and from the community of fellow makers I met in Park City, changed everything. The experience pushed me to step into the shoes of a filmmaker, to own it, to embrace it, to honor the responsibility of it. And I will be forever grateful."
-Bill Watterson, director, DAVE MADE A MAZE, Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature Slamdance 2017


"As film festivals go, Slamdance is at the top of the heap. The combination of varied, audacious programming and the unpretentious, warm hospitality reminds me of the early hardcore church-basement shows I attended as a teenager. Wedged both metaphorically and literally between a hard-to-get-to snowy mountaintop and the cult of personality circus that is Sundance it somehow fits perfectly. A true home for orphans."
-Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, director, APE SODOM, Grand Jury Award for Best Anarchy Short Slamdance 2017


"Being a first-time filmmaker I knew that Slamdance would be the best festival to premiere at. Its small slate and supportive staff gave the film a great amount of attention leading up to a distribution deal with Lionsgate and Animal Planet hours after the first screening. It changed the life of our film and mine overnight!"
-Brian Golden Davis, director, THE MILLION DOLLAR DUCK, Grand Jury Award and Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature Slamdance 2016


ORGANIZERS

Alina Solodnikova

GENERAL RULES

All Submission materials, including your screener and completed entry form, must be received by the deadlines listed. We encourage filmmakers to submit their work as early as possible.
WITHOUTABOX DEADLINES CLOSE AT 11:59 PM PST.


GUIDELINES

By entering Slamdance Film Festival, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

-Eligibility requirements for each category are final. There are no exceptions.
-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 works in progress.
-We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Even if your film premiered at another festival, it’s still eligible.
-Only features that don’t have distribution are eligible for Slamdance. Entrants must notify the festival at once if their distribution status changes.
-There’s no distribution rule for Shorts. All Shorts, including those released online, are eligible.
-We don’t provide waivers to any filmmakers. This is how we ensure an equal playing field and stay fair to all who submit to our 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.
-Unfortunately, Slamdance does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.

The 2019 Slamdance Film Festival will take place in Park City, UT from January 25-31, 2019.
Festival dates are subject to change.


SELECTION PROCESS

The 2019 Slamdance film program will be selected by festival programmers. All selected filmmakers will be notified via a phone call or email. All selected films will be posted on slamdance.com in December 2018.

-All films are selected from 100% blind submissions.
-All films submitted to the festival are watched and scored by at least two different programmers. -All films that have a higher average, or are a favorite of a programmer, go on to final deliberations.
-Slamdance selects its films by majority vote, and we aim for the most democratic, film-loving selection process on the planet. Nay, in the universe.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Most questions can be answered on slamdance.com and our FAQ pages. After you submit, please check your Withoutabox online account to see if your film has been received and put into consideration rather than emailing or calling the office. Check online first!

For any other questions, feel free to contact us!

Phone: 323 466 1786

E-mail: submissions@slamdance.com


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to Slamdance 2018. Entrants represent and warrant to the Festival that the Film and all parts thereof are original; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to the Festival; the Film entrants submitted to the Festival is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.

Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, submission of the Film, or by the Festival's acceptance, review or retention of the Film.

By entering Slamdance Film Festival, entrants agree to follow its rules and guidelines:

-Eligibility requirements for each category are final. There are no exceptions.
-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 works in progress.
-We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Even if your film premiered at another festival, it’s still eligible.
-Only features that don’t have distribution are eligible for Slamdance. Entrants must notify the festival at once if their distribution status changes.
-There’s no distribution rule for Shorts. All Shorts, including those released online, are eligible.
-We don’t provide waivers to any filmmakers. This is how we ensure an equal playing field and stay fair to all who submit to our 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.
-Unfortunately, Slamdance does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.

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