Arts & Entertainment

2023 Slamdance Film Festival submissions are open for next year’s in-person event

PARK CITY, Utah — Slamdance Film Festival (Sundance’s little brother) is now accepting submissions for its 2023 festival, which will take place in Park City from Jan. 20-26 and online from Jan. 23-29.

“By filmmakers, for filmmakers,” Slamdance is unique in that films are exclusively feature-length, directorial debuts without US distribution, with budgets less than $1 million.

The festival’s co-founder has praised that it is “anti-algorithm.”

Slamdance alumni include Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Ari Aster (Midsommar), and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight).

The Slamdance Film Festival accepts films in every genre, on any topic, from every country around the world. They spotlight low-budget narrative and documentary features by first-time directors, features from non-first-time directors, short films across genres, and episodes. They do not disqualify any films based on premiere status or date of completion.

The festival program is selected entirely from our blind submissions pool and no films are given special treatment based on who made them or who they know. Over 200 Slamdance alumni filmmakers are responsible for the programming and organization of the festival.

“Comprised of a variety of backgrounds, interests, and talents, but with no individual filmmaker’s vote valued more than any other, Slamdance committees have been able to stay close to its original DIY spirit and continue to champion the bleeding-edge of contemporary filmmaking.”


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