‘Slamdance Film Festival 2014’ celebrates twenty years with great new films

Want to be inspired? Salmdance at 20


February 7, 2014


Want to be inspired? A viable place to find nurturing and a thrust for your film sits right next door to the Sundance Film Festival.

If you are a budding artist or just a person who loves new film works, the Slamdance Film Festival is the quiet storm that sits adjacent to the Sundance Film Festival. The Slamdance Film Festival started out twenty years ago as a rebellious counter festival, according to the founders Dan
Mirvish and Peter Baxter. The Slamdance Film Festival which  runs annually from January 18-23 on Main street, Park City Utah, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

It has been said that the Slamdance Film Festival consist of the best films that did not make it to the Sundance Film Festival. So if a film is good and has been rejected by the Sundance Film Festival , there is a good chance the Slamdance Film Festival may pick up the film for showcasing and competition. Because of this process more Artist voices are able to be heard.

The Slamdance Film Festival 2014 was an eye opening experience featuring some of the most beautifully executed, passionate and inspiring examples of storytelling viewed during Park City Utah’s 2014 film festival season. The Slamdance Film Festival, a much smaller organization, has one main viewing space and several offices and is housed in The Treasure Mountain Inn, a venue just across from the historical Egyptian Theater on Main street. The historical Treasure Mountain Inn is a family owned hotel and the space is donated to the Slamdance Film Festival each year.

The Slamdance Film Festival staff and volunteers are at the top of their game running this first rate film event with efficient speed, grace and politeness to all filmmakers, participants and public.

If you’re looking for the raw, edgy, renegade styles of original independent film making then you’ll want to take in the appropriately named SLAM-Dance Film Festival. One can see why many of these films often get picked up for distribution, or better, the creators of these works have had a track record of becoming players and leaders in the industry. Slamdance features the full gamut of films in all categories including Documentaries, Shorts, and Narratives. As with Sundance Film Festival, the Slamdance Film Festival always plays to sold out audiences.

Here are links to a few favorites.
Copenhagen: http://www.examiner.com/review/copenhagen-wins-slamdance-film-festivals-…

Kidnapped for Christ: http://www.examiner.com/review/kidnapped-for-christ-a-riveting-new- docum…

“OVO”: http://www.examiner.com/review/ovo-is-a-spooky-science-fiction-short-film

Slamdance may have started out as a festival of retaliation twenty years ago but that concept may be changing. Today Slamdance Film Festival is proving that there’s always room for one more as they co- exist with the Sundance Film Festival. The two festivals appear to be not about competition but rather about creating more opportunity to view up and coming artist who are on the precipice of the film culture; Speaking in original voices and being acknowledged by the public and their peers.

The Slamdance Film Festival runs annually from January 18th-23rd on Main street, Park City Utah.

To view the list of this years entries and winners visit: http://showcase.slamdance.com/Film-Festival

To learn more about Slamdance or the Film festival : http://www.slamdance.com/

ClentBowersReviews coverage of Slamdance was made possible by the generous contributions of Horace & Alice Bowers and Marion Ramsey.

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