The Slamdance Film Festival has teamed with camera company Digital Bolex to produce “Fearless Filmmaking: Art on Your Own Terms,” a block of 3-5 minute micro-shorts shot on the company’s D16 cameras and screened at the 2015 festival.
Through January 5th, Digital Bolex is accepting short film submissions from anyone who shoots on a Digital Bolex camera; five filmmakers will then be selected to have their film premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival.
Among the judges for the curated group of micro-shorts are Slamdance alumni Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), director Todd Berger (“It’s a Disaster”), writer Kent Osborne (“Adventure Time”), cinematographer Laura Merians and producer Damon Russell (“Curfew”). The best micro-short film will be announced at the festival’s Closing Night Awards Ceremony on January 29.
In addition to the block of shorts, Digital Bolex creative director and camera co-developer Elle Schneider will moderate a “Fireside Chat” panel focused on diverse perspectives behind the camera.
“Slamdance’s commitment to showcasing films from first time filmmakers without millions of dollars is a much-needed and important haven amidst a culture of indie festivals that program star-studded projects, destined for studio distribution, alongside smaller films more likely to get lost in the shuffle,” Schneider told Indiewire.
Digital Bolex and Slamdance will select pitches from Slamdance alumni, 2015 filmmakers and an open call for entries on the Digital Bolex website. Selected Slamdance filmmakers will receive a Digital Bolex D16 loaner package, including a camera, lenses, and post-software, to create their film. Participants will have six weeks to shoot a finished film, which will premiere at Slamdance.
Digital Bolex is offering $100 off every camera with the discount code ‘Slamdance’ through February 1, 2015.
The Slamdance Film Festival kicks off January 23, 2015 in Park City.