Boasting a slate of films that celebrate unique styles of filmmaking from around the globe, the sixth annual Slamdance Film Festival — which runs Jan. 22-29 at Park City, Utah’s Treasure Mountain Inn concurrently with the Sundance fest — has selected for competition 12 feature films out of a record 2,050 submissions.
In addition, 16 short films will be shown in competition. A host of special screenings and events will be announced in coming weeks.
The Slamdance feature competition section is limited to first-time filmmakers working with limited budgets who have not yet found U.S. distribution.
Peter Baxter, Slamdance exec director and co-founder, attributes the diverse slate to the fact that countries around the world have caught on to the low-budget indie craze that has gripped the States over the past five years, and also to Slamdance’s on-the-road screenings. In past years, Slamdance has selected primarily American films, but this coming year’s slate includes pics from Argentina, Ecuador and Germany.
The vision thing
Baxter, who says many of the selected films were not chosen because of their commercial qualities but rather their uniqueness of vision, also attributes the record number of submissions to the global explosion of the Internet and the worldwide reach of the Slamdance.com Web site.
“With 2,050 films, this is the biggest increase in submissions we’ve had in three years,” said Baxter, citing a jump of 334 films from last year.
The feature films screening in competition are: “7-Teen Sips,” directed by Stephen Berra; “Blink of an Eye” (Van Fischer and starring “Star Maps'” Matthew Spain; “Good Housekeeping” (Fran Novak); “Dolphins” (Farhad Yawari); “Double Parked” (Stephen Kinsella and starring Callie Thorne from TV’s “Homicide”); “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds” (Kevin McKiernan); “La Sonambula” (Fernando Spiner); “Rata, Ratones, Rateros” (Sebastian Cordero); “The Strange Case of Senor Computer” (Tom Sawyer); “The Target Shoots First” (Christopher Wilcha); “Tuvalu” (Veit Helmer); and “We Married Margo” (J.D. Shapiro and featuring cameos by Cindy Crawford and Tom Arnold).
The short films in competition are: “Relievio” (Ara Corbett), “Puta de Oros” (Miquel Crespi Traveria), “Elevator World” (Mitchell Rose), “Matt in Love” (Adam Kleid), “Crosswalk” (Lance Larson), “The Gentleman” (Sam Seraphy),”Can’t Speak” (Sugimasa Yamashita), “Voodoo” (Gregg Bishop), “Troublemaker” (Patrick Given), “Great Falls” (Yves Stening), “The Hangnail” (Shane Acker), “Kings” (Niva Dorell), “Luz” (Jose Javier Martinez), “Endgame” (Luis Camara Silva), “Elsewhere” (Brian Daysdale) and “Mutual Love Life” (Robert Peters).
Last years’ Slamdance Audience Winner “Man of the Century” was recently released by Fine Line Features.