Slamdance Back in P.C.; Hollywood Festival Winners; and Venice Announces Shorts Lineup
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez,John Bernstein and Mark Rabinowitz
>> Slamdance Back in Park City for '99
The Slamdance Film Festival will return to Park City for its fifth year
January 23 - 30, 1999, organizers confirmed yesterday. The festival
will again take place at the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street.
"We take each year as it comes," Slamdance Executive Director told
indieWIRE yesterday, explaining that the he has held numerous meetings
with Park City officials and business people to secure support for
the event. "We worked very closely with the city," Baxter explained,
"Without them wanting to be our host, we just couldn't have our
Baxter added that the Slamdance crew will be heading up to Park City
in October for two days of screenings as part of the Park City film
series at the library, a regular Sundance Film Festival venue.
Slamdance will show a selection of film's from past festivals, as
they did recently in New York City. The festival was founded in
1995 as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival, it has since
grown into a year-round organization that also organizes an annual
[Entries are currently being accepted for the 1999 Slamdance Film
Festival. For more information visit the festival website at
<www.slamdance.com>, or call the festival office at 323/466.1786.
The first deadline is October 14th, late entries will be accepted until
>> Second Hollywood Film Fest Concludes With Awards Gala
The 2nd Annual Hollywood Film Festival closed on Monday night with a
gala awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that paid tribute to
emerging independent filmmakers and more established Hollywood
professionals. Complete with a lavish set, ornate trophies, an elegant
sit-down dinner for 740 people, and a twelve-piece orchestra, the
glitzy, star-studded affair more closely resembled the Academy Awards
and its Governor's Ball than an independent film festival event.
Among the films in competition at the festival, Nick Searcy's "Paradise
Falls" won the award for Best Feature Under a Million, while Australia's
Robert Carter took the top honor for Best Feature Over a Million for
"The Sugar Factory." Seth Henrikson and David Sarno's "Goreville,
U.S.A." (which also won at Slamdance) took the award for Best
Documentary. Filmmaker Steven Ayromlooi won two prizes, taking Best
Animated Film, ("Return of the Sun Devil"), and was recognized with
the Hollywood Young Filmmaker Award for his short "Nathan Grimm."
Actress Penelope Ann Miller was presented with a special jury prize
for Best Acting in a Feature for her turn in Craig Saavedra's poignant
"Rhapsody in Bloom." Other awards given included; JJ Keith's "Holiday
Romance," Best Short Film; L. Alan Fraser, ("Next Time"), Hollywood
Independent Filmmaker Award; Rob Legato and Crystal Dowd ("Titanic"),
Hollywood Digital Award; and the Hollywood Cyber Award for best
entertainment website went to Entertainment Tonight Online.
>> The Venice Film Festival Announces Shorts Lineup
The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup for its short film
competition, Corto-Cortissimo, and it features two U.S. films, according
to Daily Variety. The U.S. entries are Sofia Coppola's "Lick the Star"
and David Ondaatje's "Waiting For Dr. MacGuffin," while other entries in
the 16-strong field hail from 10 countries. The 16 films were chosen by
Venice topper Felice Laudadio from a field of 625 submissions, according
to the trade paper. In addition to the 16 competition shorts, the
Corto-Cortissimo lineup will also include a screening of Oscar Grillo's
"Wide Prairie," an animated film written and voiced by the late Linda
McCartney. The short was also produced by McCartney, along with her
husband Paul McCartney, and will be screened in her honor.
The complete lineup of the Corto-Cortissimo, according to Variety, is as
follows: Peter Boyd Maclean's "The Boot" (U.K.); Britta Krause's "Five
Minutes" (Germany); "Lick the Star," by Sofia Coppola (U.S.); Andrea
Manni's "A Man on Foot" (Italy); "Mashe'hoo Ba'al Erech," by Dorit Hakim
(Israel); Jose Barrio's "Mr. Jones" (Spain); "prelude," by Fabrizio
Ferri (Italy); "Queen's Park Story," by Barney Cokeliss (U.K.);
Marc-Olivier Picron's "The Red Button" (Belgium); "The Sea Below," by
Alessandro Dionisio (Italy); "Sweet Night," by Alexandre Billon
(France); Spiro N. Taviras' "Sunset in Venice" (Greece/Italy/Germany);
Emil Stang Lund's "Tann For Tann" (Norway); "Taxi," by Elisabetta
Villaggio (Italy); "389," by Patrick Nolan (Australia), and "Waiting For
Dr. MacGuffin," by David Ondaatje (U.S.).