Short films are getting to be big news at this year’s festival events in Park City, Utah. The Slamdance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 22-29 concurrently with Sundance, has added 21 shorts that will screen in a new Web-based, streaming video section of the fest called “OEAnarchy.”
Part of Slamdance’s — and, in fact, Sundance’s and all the smaller Dance’s — increased attention to shorts stems from their increased marketability. For the first time, Internet sites such as Ifilm and Atomfilm will descend on Park City looking to acquire short films for Internet distribution.
Beginning on Jan. 22 at the Slamdance headquarters in the Treasure Mountain Inn, Anarchy online will be streamed on the slamdance.com Web site using a streaming media player, rather than traditional means of projection.
“Not only does Anarchy allow us to increase the number of Slamdance shorts by more than 50% of what we would be able to show in our traditional venues,” said Slamdance co-founder Shane Kuhn, “but it offers these filmmakers — and filmmakers in the body of the festival — dramatically increased exposure to the world.”
Slamdance is already showing 16 shorts in competition as well as an additional several dozen shorts in the Filmmakers’ Lounge.
The moniker Anarchy harkens back to the spirit of the festival’s debut in 1995, which was titled “Anarchy in Utah” and was founded by filmmakers whose films had been rejected by Sundance.