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Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)

Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 23rd annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, Variety has learned.

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. 20 to Jan. 26, will screen 19 movies: 12 world premieres, three North American debuts, and one U.S. launch.

The narrative competition has 11 titles, while the documentary category boasts eight. Notable titles include “Dave Made a Maze,” starring Nick Thune and directed by Bill Watterson from his own script; the Sly Stone documentary “On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone”; Shumin Liu’s “The Family,” a Chinese-Australian production in which a couple in their 70s sets off to visit their adult children in three faraway cities; and the documentary “Who Is Arthur Chu?
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Slamdance 2017 unveils competition films

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Programmers at the Park City jamboree’s upcoming 23rd edition announced on Monday the 11 narrative and eight documentary selections that will play in January.

The 2017 showcase will also feature Dig (Digital, Interactive & Gaming), a platform of eight works by emerging artists working in cutting-edge digital media, while Polytechnic is a series of free workshops exploring disruptive perspectives on filmmaking from industry insiders.

“As filmmakers themselves, the Slamdance programmers and staff share the same creative spirit as the festival artists,” said Slamdance co-founder and president, Peter Baxter. “Our stories are different but our divergent attitude is the same.

“Together, we give a voice to Diy filmmaking. Empowering emerging artists is what we do, and you are about to see a great group at Slamdance 2017.”

The feature competition roster includes 16 premieres – 12 world, 3 North American and one Us. All competition films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of under $1m and without Us distribution.

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German pubcaster dominates Blue Panther honors

MUNICH - The government of Bavaria, Germany's biggest and wealthiest state as well as a major media center, held its annual TV awards -- the "Blue Panthers" -- on Friday in Munich.

As usual, the extensive German pubcasting system picked up on most of the awards, wrapping up nine of the 13 Panthers on offer.

But there were a few surprises. Small-time commercial channel Vox won a special prize for an episode of its travel show Voxtours about Ethiopia's Surma tribe called Journey to the Last Gladiators. And Friedemann Fromm was named best director for two different episodes of two different shows.

This year's prizes were awarded for the first time in five categories: informational broadcasts, television films, series, entertainment programs and cultural/educational offerings.

A complete list of winners follows:

Best screenplay: Daniel Speck for Meine verruckte turkische Hochzeit (My Crazy Turkish Wedding) -- ProSieben

Best informational report: Ralf Benkoe for "Ein Deutscher im All (A German in Space) -- RTL

Best camera work: Holly Fink for Die Flucht (The Escape) -- ARD, Arte

Best direction: Friedemann Fromm for Vom Ende der Eiszeit (On the End of the Ice Age) / NDR, ARD, Arte and Tatort (Crime Scene) -- BR, ARD

Best sports documentary: Manfred Oldenburg for "Das verflixte dritte Tor - Wembley '66: Die wahre Geschichte" (The Cursed Third Goal -- Wembley '66: The True Story) - ZDF

Best documentary: Juliane Schuhler for "Marcel - Ein Kampfchen, das war' schon" (Marcel - A Little Fight Would Be Nice) -- BR

Best performance in a comedy series: Cordula Stratmann for "Schillerstrasse" (Schiller Street) -- Sat.1

Best actress in a TV film: Rosemarie Fendel fur Das zweite Leben (The Second Life) -- ARD/BR

Best actor in a TV film: Friedrich von Thun for Helen, Fred und Ted -- ARD/BR/NDR

Best actress in a series: Saskia Vester for KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst (Criminal Investigations) -- ZDF

Best actor in a series: Christian Ulmen for Dr. Psycho -- ProSieben

Best upcoming actor/actress: Rosalie Thomass for her role in Polizeiruf 110 (Police Emergency 110) -- BR, ARD

Special prize: Richard Gress, Producer, Author, Director, Cameraman and Editor for "Voxtours: Reise zu den letzten Gladiatoren" (Journey to the Last Gladiators) -- Vox"

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