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Submissions open for the 2016 Film Festival, Slamdance Alumni returns for Manager Position, and programs expand through Slamdance Cinema Club, Slamdance Studios on HULU, and beyond.
(LOS ANGELES, CA---May 29, 2015) Following last year's record breaking submission numbers, Slamdance Film Festival is now open for 2016 entries with a new program called DIG and the return of alumni Clementine Leger as festival manager. At the same time, the organization's distribution arm Slamdance Studios, is showing major year-round growth for its online and live event enterprises. This month, Slamdance Studios on Hulu premieres Slam Collective’s I Want To Be an American based on the exquisite corpse parlor game, and the wildly successful ArcLight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club screens Pavan Moondi's & Brian Robertson's Diamond Tongues and Chris Furbee's Huntington's Dance. 

Slamdance invites filmmakers to take the first step in their filmmaking careers by submitting to the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival now. Submissions open June 1st and continue through October 15th. Filmmakers may submit through the newly added platform FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, as well as through the festival’s alternative submission form at http://showcase.slamdance.com/Film-Submissions.
Slamdance continues to support independent filmmaking and Slamdance alumni with the expansion of year-round programming such as Arclight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club, the premiere of the Slam Collective’s collaborative documentary feature I Want To Be An American through Slamdance Studios on Hulu. Another new filmmaker partnership with Digital Bolex has created the Slamdance x Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Competition that will present selections from the inaugural program at Cinegear, LA on June 5th at Paramount Studios.
Taking over the pivotal role of Manager of the Slamdance Film Festival during this time of expansion is Slamdance alumni, Clementine Leger, who has rejoined Slamdance Film Festival as festival manager after two seasons as programming coordinator for the Florida Film Festival.
Slamdance programs and competitions continue for filmmakers at all stages of their career, including the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, and the newly launched Slamdance Digital, Interactive & Gaming showcase, DIG.
“Right now, our Slamdance programs are growing at an unprecedented rate and we are very fortunate Clementine Leger has returned to manage them. Our purpose of breaking boundaries for independent artists to reach audiences globally at live events and online is steadily and surely being realized and we have great partnerships to thank for that,” stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President & Co-Founder.
Ongoing and upcoming Slamdance programs of note:
- Slamdance and Digital Bolex will present a showcase of films created for the inaugural Slamdance x Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Competition. This screening will take place on June 5, 8:15pm as part of the Cinegear Expo at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, and registration is free through May 30. All films in the showcase were shot on the Digital Bolex D16 Digital Cinema Camera.
- Slamdance Studios recently premiered I Want To Be An American on VOD within its Hulu slate. I Want To Be An American is a collaborative, international documentary experience made by the SlamCollective. It is available to watch: http://hulu.com/companies/slamdance.
- Slamdance Digital, Interactive & Gaming, or DIG, is now accepting entries, and will close August 31, 2015. FREE to enter for artists and filmmakers working in contemporary digital art, virtual reality, augmented and expanded cinema, and gaming: http://showcase.slamdance.com/Slamdance-DIG
- The Slamdance Screenplay Competition continues through July 28. Late Deadline June 10th, 2015; Withoutabox Extended Deadline July 28th, 2015. More information can be found here: http://showcase.slamdance.com/Screenplay-Competition
- ArcLight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club continues with summer titles including: Huntington’s Dance on June 14th, Diamond Tongues  on June 15th, Yosemite (starring James Franco) on July 12th, On Her Own on July 13th, They Look Like People on August 9th, and 20 Years of Madness on August 10th. To learn more about this program and to buy tickets go to: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/news/arclight-presents-slamdance-cinema-club
About Slamdance

Slamdance is a year-round organization and film festival that serves as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers and is a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers. The festival began as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and they continue to run concurrently.
Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Oren Peli  (Paranormal Activity), Marc Forster (World War Z), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday). Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have accumulated over $11.5 billion in the Box Office to date.
Slamdance's On The Road events and Slamdance Studios' developing commercial distribution platform continue to increase opportunities for filmmakers both internationally and domestically. Slamdance Studios launched a film collection on Hulu in January 2015, including 12 feature films and 1 documentary short from Slamdance alumni which are available to stream now, with new films to be added throughout the year. Viewers can access Slamdance Studios on Hulu at http://www.hulu.com/companies/slamdance
Over 2,500 submissions competed for prizes in the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. This year’s Grand Prize winner was the Original Teleplay Search For Life by Andrea Janakas, which was awarded a total of $7,000 in cash prizes. Submissions for the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition will open on February 23rd.
2015 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors included Digital BolexThe International Fusion Doc ChallengeDirectors Guild of AmericaPierce Law GroupCreativeFutureWriters Guild of America WestDifferent By DesignCarharttFestival ScopeFinal Draft, Park City's Treasure Mountain Inn, and Salt Lake City's BlueStar Juice Bar & CafeBeehive Distilling, and Xmission. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who support emerging artists and push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.
Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival, Slamdance Studios and Screenplay Competition is available at www.slamdance.com
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(LOS ANGELES - May 4, 2015) Slamdance DIG (short for Digital, Interactive & Gaming) is a new program from the Slamdance Film Festival dedicated to emerging independent artists working in new, hybrid and immersive forms of digital media art.

If your work pushes, breaks, or defies the boundaries of storytelling through digital media in any way, we would like to see it. We are primarily interested in a diversity of form and content. If you think your work fits, it likely does.

Artists are encouraged to submit either works in progress or completed projects for consideration. From these submissions, judges will program a showcase that will open in Los Angeles, California in 2015. Selected final works will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Submissions are free and open to the public.

For more information on submission materials and to send us your project, click through to our online form: http://bit.ly/1Dz6TIY

Last week, Withoutabox asked our Readers to give them a bit of insight on our review process and the season ahead. Check out what they had to say to put your best script forward!

The Screenplay Competition Early Deadline is April 7th, submit today and learn more about the competition here.

What is the first thing you take note of when reviewing a screenplay?
The FIRST thing we note is character - has the writer taken the time to create an interesting character with something to do in the storyline? Does the protagonist (or protagonists if it's an ensemble) feel like a real person? Does he/she have personality and flaws, fears and talents, that are going to help them move through this world?

If you could give a screenwriter one piece of advice for their submission, what would it be?
Proof. There's nothing that drives Readers crazier than a script that's full of typos, poor grammar, and bad formatting. While we'd never judge a script based on formatting alone, all those little mistakes add up, pulling us out of the narrative. The goal for any script should be a smooth reading experience; you don't want anything to distract the Reader from the world, the characters, and the storyline.

Slamdance offers a very useful Feedback Service to all submitters and Coverage Service for an additional fee, what is the most common constructive criticism that screenwriters should be aware of?
Make sure your protagonist is driving the storyline. There's a big difference between a main character who lets things happen to him/her and is swept along in the world of the story, and one who makes a decision and takes action to achieve a goal. The first gives us an interesting situation to observe, but the second pulls us along for the ride, gives the story structure, direction, and stakes.

Have you noticed trends among Slamdance's four submission categories?
There are new sub-categories every season! Right now, genre scripts are moving out of fairytales, but science fiction is hot. Romantic comedies and dramas seem to be less popular than horror and thriller scripts. Period pieces are becoming more common in TV pilots. It changes every year, but we're at an interesting point for TV writers - with new avenues like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix opening up to original programming, there are new opportunities opening up for writers all all the time! In the past, TV has been seen as somewhat secondary to features, but that has definitely changed, and now a great pilot can hold its own against the Features category any day - note that a teleplay won last year's Grand Prize!

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is accepting submissions now through July 22nd. We welcome scripts of all genres in our four categories: Feature, Short, Horror and Original Teleplay. Every entrant receives feedback with coverage available at an additional price. Prizes include up to $11,00 in cash!

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