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Slamdance Pares Down 1,700 Entries for a 1999 Lineup That Features 10 World Premieres; Shorts Lineup

Slamdance Pares Down 1,700 Entries for a 1999 Lineup
That Features 10 World Premieres; Shorts Lineup Also Unveiled

by Eugene Hernandez




What began as an small upstart alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in 1995
has grown into a Park City mainstay that this year received over 1,700 entries
according to organizers. The 1999 Slamdance Film Festival returns for its fifth
anniversary boasting 10 world premieres among its lineup of 14 feature films
in competition. The event is set to run January 23 - 30 at the Treasure Mountain
on Main Street in Park City.


"Our programming team, now 30 strong and primarily made up of filmmakers who
are Slamdance alumni, noticed a refreshingly deep well of talent in the
submissions by predominantly first-time filmmakers," Festival Executive
Director/Co-Founder Peter Baxter said in a prepared statement received late last
night, "This makes Slamdance very excited about the future of new American
filmmaking as well as independent filmmaking around the world."

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