Slamdance calls for entries

Submissions due Oct. 17, selections posted in Dec.

HOLLYWOOD — The 12th annual Slamdance Film Festival, self-touted as the fest “for filmmakers, by filmmakers,” officially launched its call for entries Thursday.

The competish, which kicks off Jan. 19 in Park City, Utah, receives over 2,000 submissions each year, with only 24 making the cut into the main contest. Slamdance limits submissions to films without domestic theatrical distribution, by first-time feature directors, and with relatively low budgets.

Fest serves effectively as a jumping off point for biz newcomers. Each year several Slamdance films have been purchased and distributed commercially, and almost all films are invited to other fests around the world. Noted pics from the 2005 edition include “Mad Hot Ballroom,” “Ill Fated” and “Zombie Honeymoon.” Among the former winners are “Batman Begins” director Christopher Nolan and “Monster’s Ball” director Marc Forster.

Entry forms and application information are available at Slamdance.com. All entries must be submitted no later than Oct. 17. Selections will be posted on the 2006 festival page during the second week of December.

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