Slamdance Makes Plans for 10th Fest
by Brian Brooks
Its September and as the fall festival season heats up, Utah events are beginning to take shape. The Slamdance Film Festival has announced some early plans for its 10th edition, which will take place parallel to the Sundance Film Festival, January 17 - 24. For the 2004 edition the number of features will grow, with several films added to the documentary division as well as a few more added to the Special Screening category. Films in that category will include work from the festival's alumni, while the Slamdance feature competition remains solely work from first-time directors with limited budgets and films that do not have domestic distribution.
For the second year since its brief stint at the Silver Mine, Slamdance will once again be headquartered at the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street in Park City. Four screening rooms will be available, including two inside the Treasure Mountain Inn itself, which is apparently now air-conditioned as well as one at Brewvies in Salt Lake City and a fourth at a location to be announced later. The added space will also allow the Special Screenings as well as the short films in the Anarchy online and "$99 Specials" sections to have more than one scheduled screening.
Also this year, for the first time, Gallery Shorts, which screen out of competition, will be eligible for an audience award as well as the Spirit of Slamdance award, which is voted on by peers. "It would be fair to say that in ten years, Slamdance has exceeded expectations. After all, the first festival was intended to be the last," commented Peter Baxter, Slamdance co-founder in a prepared statement. "Thirty filmmakers sweated it out in one house and the former Park City chief of police wrote in no uncertain terms that our days were numbered. The fact is we¹ve outlasted the chief and have done our fair share in supporting new filmmakers to Oscar and Palme d'Or glory."
[Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2004 festival through October 10th. For more information, visit: http://www.slamdance.com.]