NEW YORK -- Boasting such quintessentially irreverent features as American Zombie
and American Fork
, the 13th annual Slamdance Film Festival announced its lineup of competitive features and special screenings Tuesday.
The screwball comedy Weirdsville
from veteran cult director Allan Moyle
(Pump Up the Volume
) launches the fest Jan. 18 as the Opening Night Gala film. Scott Speedman
, Wes Bentley
and Taryn Manning
star in what fest programers describe as "the story of two junkies on the run from a satanic cult, a cabal of midget knights, a vengeful drug dealer and a mouse."
Programers say a record 3,600-plus films were submitted this year to fill less than 100 slots, up from more than 3,000 submitted last year.
"What sets Slamdance's program apart this year is a passionate combination that offers a high level of entertainment, social and commercial value," said fest president and co-founder Peter Baxter. "In most ways the program represents the spirit of the Slamdance id. This 13-year-old teenager breaks rules, has stayed true to its roots and embodies the spirit of independent creativity."
Each of the ten narrative and ten documentary films is made by a first-time feature director with budgets of $1 million or less.