The narrative jury prize was awarded to the feminist puppet animation film “Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture,” directed by Nicole Brending. Honorable mention was given to “Cat Sticks,” directed by Ronny Sen.
“Dollhouse wasn’t like any other film at the festival or any festival. It was outrageous, bold, hilarious,” read the jury statement from Frédéric Forestier, Shih-Ching Tsou and Jeremiah Zagar. “We’re also giving it the grand prize because we think it really embodies the spirit of the Slamdance. ‘Cat Sticks’ is unbelievably gorgeous and has some of the most incredible poetic moments of any movies we’ve ever seen. We hope it finds a vein in American culture!”
The documentary jury prize was awarded to David Hambridge’s “Kifaru,
Dollhouse: The Eradication Of Female Subjectivity In American Popular Culture was awarded the Slamdance 2019 narrative grand jury prize on Thursday night (31).
Nicole Brending’s film took its place on the honour roll alongside David Hambridge’s documentary prize winner Kifaru.
Audience Awards went to Andrew Patterson’s narrative feature The Vast Of Night and Kifaru again, while Patrick Creadon’s Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story earned the Best of Breakouts Audience Award in Park City.
“Slamdance has helped launch many filmmakers that have gone on to change the face of entertainment,” said Slamdance co-founder Peter Baxter.
This year, further underscoring a desire for world cinema, there are 11 narrative and nine documentary features that will be showcased in competition, from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Poland, South Africa and the U.K., alongside the U.S. All competition films are feature-length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and lack American distribution.
Founded by current president Peter Baxter, as well as Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn, Dan Mirvish and Paul Rachman, Slamdance has screened more than 2,000 films over the years, with notable alumni including Christopher Nolan (whose 1999 drama “Following” debuted at the fest), Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), Bong Joon-ho (“Okja”), Lynn Shelton (“Outside In”), Ari Aster
They began by showing their work at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and migrated to spaces around Park City, where they handed out flyers and cajoled makeshift venues. They took turns running the projectors.
The next year, they came back to Park City — this time, setting up headquarters at the Treasure Mountain Inn, on top of Main Street. Screenings were still chaotic, but the ethos was in place: a festival programmed by filmmakers, for first-time filmmakers who had shoestring budgets and unique visions but no distribution… and, the benefit
His latest film “High Flying Bird” will also receive a sneak preview at the festival taking place in Park City, Utah, between Jan. 25-31. Soderbergh will participate in a live discussion about the film with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter ahead of the preview.
The Founders Award is given to Slamdance alumnus who continue to represent the Slamdance organization and support the filmmaker community of Slamdance well into their careers. Christopher Nolan won the inaugural award in 2015, and “Avengers” directors Joe and Anthony Russo won the prize in 2018.
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“‘Don’t ask for permission!’ That was Steven Soderbergh’s advice to us when Slamdance was getting started and it continues to be the core of our brand.
The prolific “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” filmmaker is slated to participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of the film, which Netflix picked up in September. The film was written by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and stars André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto,
The award, first presented in 2015 to Christopher Nolan, is given to a Slamdance alumnus who has represented the Slamdance organization and supported the filmmaker community of Slamdance. It was awarded earlier this year to Joe and Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War”). Slamdance will be in its 25th year and the festival will run from Jan. 25 to 31.
Soderbergh will participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of his newest film, “High Flying Bird.” Soderbergh directed from a script by Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) with André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke starring in a story set during a pro basketball lockout. “High Flying Bird” will launch globally on Feb. 8 on Netflix.
“’Don’t ask for permission!’ That was Steven Soderbergh’s advice
The award will be bestowed during the fest, which runs January 25-31 and will open with the world premiere of Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story. Soderbergh will participate in a Q&A with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter ahead of a sneak preview of his new film High Flying Bird, which bows on Netflix on February 8.
Previous Founders Award recipients include Christopher Nolan and this past year to Avengers writer-directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
High Flying Bird, penned by Oscar-winning Moonlight scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney, is set during a pro basketball lockout and follows a sports agent (Andre Holland) as he pitches a rookie basketball client (Melvin Gregg) on an intriguing and controversial business proposition.
Slamdance top brass said on Tuesday (10) they will honour Steven Soderbergh with the 2019 Founders Award, when the filmmaker will also take part in on on-stage conversation with festival co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of his new film, High Flying Bird.
Slamdance also announced that the world premiere of Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story will open the festival and This Teacher will close the festival.
The Founders Awards is presented to “a Slamdance alumnus who has continued to represent the Slamdance organization and support the
The narrative lineup includes the coming-of-age drama “Spiral Farm,” starring Piper De Palma, daughter of director Brian De Palma, who is making her feature debut as a teenage girl growing up on a commune where life is disrupted by the arrival of two outsiders, a father and son. Amanda Plummer (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Teo Halm (“Earth to Echo”), and Jade Fusco (“Youth in Revolt”) co-star.
The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, will screen 18 movies including 10 world premieres, four North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres.
Slamdance alumni include Joe and Anthony Russo,
The Slamdance Film Festival organisers have unveiled the narrative and documentary feature competition line-ups, as well as the new Breakouts section for the festival’s 25th edition in January.
The feature competition programme boasts 18 premieres, including 10 world, four North American, and four Us debuts from an array of global filmmakers hailing from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Poland, South Africa, and the UK.
All competition films are feature-length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1m, and without Us distribution. Films in both categories are eligible for the Audience Award,
Featured films playing at Slamdance are all directorial debuts made for less than $1 million and without U.S. distribution. The films were selected for the 2019 festival by a team of Slamdance alumni. Films in both categories are eligible for the Audience Award and Spirit of Slamdance Award, the latter of which is voted upon by filmmakers at the festival.
“When it comes to discovering talent, Slamdance has consistently shown that its artist led community can do it themselves,” said Slamdance Co-founder and President, Peter Baxter. “In a milestone year, our competition lineup symbolizes this ongoing endeavor.
The prize was presented Thursday night during a ceremony hosted by Writers Guild of America West at the WGA Theatre. About 3,000 submissions were received for this year’s contest, and more than $16,000 was awarded to 2018 winners across all categories.
“The Peak” is a psychological survival thriller that follows a team of eight overachievers in their attempt to climb Mount Everest. When a team member goes missing on the peak, paranoia and altitude sickness corrode the reliability of survivor accounts. With a dual narrative that interweaves both the team’s ascent and descent, “The Peak” explores the choices people make when they believe no one is watching.
“This year’s competition proved that wherever you come from in this world our judges are waiting to discover and honor great new writing talent, especially if
Winners Include “My Name is Myeisha,” “Tower. A Bright Day” and “White Tide”
The 4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (Mlff) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Closing Night Award Ceremony at the Sierra Event Center in Mammoth Lakes on Sunday, May 27, 2018. The festival, held from May 23-27, screened over 70 films, including 63 in Mlff’s competition categories. Each of the festival winners received an Orson the Bear Award,
– Slamdance has announced the Special Screenings program for their 24th Festival edition. The lineup features provocative work from remarkable talent that celebrates the Diy spirit of Slamdance. In January, the festival will present four features in the Special Screenings Program: “Bernard and Huey,” directed by Dan Mirvish; “Roll with Me,” directed by Lisa France; “Quest,” directed by Santiago Rizzo; and the world premiere of “Pick of the Litter,” directed by Don Hardy and Slamdance alumni Dana Nachman. “Pick of the Litter” will screen as the festival’s Opening Night Film presentation.
“Slamdance was born out of a determination to show the direct, unfiltered voice of independent artists to audiences,” said Peter Baxter, Slamdance Co-Founder and President, in an official statement. “Our line-up, and the massive support shown from our alumni and partners, embody who we
The feature competition includes 16 premieres, mostly produced in the U.S. All competition films are feature length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million Usd, and without Us distribution. In addition, the festival announced a new partnership with alumni Anthony and Joe Russo (“Captain America: Civil War,” and “Avengers: Infinity War”) to establish the inaugural Russo Fellowship award. Every participating filmmaker will be eligible for a $25,000 cash prize and mentorship from the Russos in the development of the winner’s next project at the brothers’ Los Angeles studio.
The feature competition lineup of the festival, set-up as an fringe alternative to Sundance in 1995, includes 10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four Us premieres. Most titles were produced in the Us, with additional features coming from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany and Netherlands. All competition films are feature length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and without Us distribution.
Although the directors are all debutantes, there are some familiar names in the cast list, including Stranger Things star David Harbour, Better Call Saul's Kerry Condon and Hadewijch star Julia Sokolowski, who
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