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(PARK CITY, UT – January 29, 2015) – The 21st Slamdance Film Festival tonight announced the feature and short film recipients of this year's awards in the Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Categories. The award winners were announced at the festival’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, UT.



As in previous years, juries of leading industry experts and esteemed filmmakers determined the Slamdance Jury Awards for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, and Short Film categories. The Audience Awards as well as the Spirit of Slamdance, an award given by the filmmakers of Slamdance 2015 to the filmmaker who best embodies the spirit of the Festival, were also bestowed. Additional sponsored awards included the Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Grand Prize and the Kodak Director’s Prize. The feature competition films in the Documentary and Narrative Programs are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of less than $1 million.

“Congratulations to the winners of Slamdance and indeed to all of the filmmakers this year. The 2015 festival has shown us once again that if you want to see the best of real independent film, Slamdance is the place to be,” stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-founder.

“The Slamdance filmmakers and festival goers made the 2015 festival a resounding success,” stated Anna Germanidi, Festival Director. “Congratulations to all of our filmmakers for touching and inspiring audiences and jury members alike with their work.”

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Audience Award for Narrative Feature: ACROSS THE SEA, dir. by Nisan Dağ & Esra Saydam
Damla is a Turkish immigrant estranged from her homeland; she lives in New York City with her husband, Kevin, and they’re expecting their first child. But Damla is still haunted by memories of her first love and when she returns to Turkey with Kevin she has to confront a troubling secret from her past.

Audience Award for Documentary Feature: SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT, dir. by Ben Patterson
Music and politics collide when international music star Pras Michel of the Fugees returns to his homeland of Haiti, following the devastating earthquake of 2010, to mobilize a presidential campaign for Haiti’s most controversial musician: Michel Martelly aka Sweet Micky. The politically inexperienced pair set out against a corrupt government, civil unrest, and a fixed election.

JURY AWARDS - NARRATIVE

This year's Slamdance Narrative Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Richard Lorber, Todd Looby and Emilie Upczak.

Jury Award for Narrative Feature: TIRED MOONLIGHT, dir. by Britni West
“A masterful fusion of cinematic vision and poetic narrative, Tired Moonlight effortlessly transports you from the prosaic surroundings of its poignant characters' lives into a realm of unexpected beauty and spiritual authenticity with an unforced craftsmanship.”
The award winner was granted $3,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group.

Jury Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature: THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE, dir. by Perry Blackshear
“With rare filmmaking skill, brains, precision and outstanding performances, Perry Blackshear and his cast and crew silence critics who claim very small and contained films like this can't be riveting and brilliant.”

Jury Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature: ACROSS THE SEA, dir. by Nisan Dağ & Esra Saydam
“Through transcendent cinematography trained on the mystical Mediterranean setting and wonderful minute of uncertain love, directors Nisan Dağ and Esra Saydam provide a beautiful, intense and honest look at a relationship in peril.”

JURY AWARDS - DOCUMENTARY

This year's Slamdance Documentary Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Paige Williams, Josh Leake and Bryan Storkel.

Jury Award for Documentary Feature: SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT, dir. by Ben Patterson
“Sweet Micky For President takes the audience on an unbelievable, wild ride through difficult Haitian politics, in a story that is both entertaining and educational. The film is an enormous accomplishment for first-time director Ben Patterson and is a great example of why Slamdance exists - to celebrate new works by new directors whose films can help change our perspective on the world - one story at a time.”
The award winner was granted $3,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group.

Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature: 20 YEARS OF MADNESS, dir. by Jeremy Royce
“Reminding us that it’s never too late to chase your dreams, 20 Years of Madness is brimming with stunning cinematography, eccentric characters and a heartfelt story about the desire to do something great while confronting the reality of failure.”

Jury Award for Documentary Short: THE SOLITUDE OF MEMORY, dir. by Juan Pablo González
“Juan Pablo González paints a vivid and eloquent portrait of a devoted father and the love for his son, drawing deep emotions from the viewer through his use of gorgeous cinematography, moving music and an incredibly honest, trusting main subject.”
The award winner qualifies for the Annual Academy Awards®.

Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Short: DOLPHIN LOVER, dir. by Kareem Tabsch
“Storytelling is an art form, and this film is a prime example of using this medium in a beautiful way to tell a seriously fucked-up, but very true and engaging story.”

JURY AWARDS - SHORT FILMS

The below Short Film Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Sarah Cornell, Rory Haines and Elle Schneider.

Jury Award for Narrative Short: STAY AWAKE, dir. by Jamie Sisley
“Stay Awake exhibits a remarkable empathy for characters who find themselves trapped in an unenviable moral dilemma. The cast's stand-out performances convey a depth of emotion few short films are able to achieve.”
The award winner qualifies for the Annual Academy Awards®.

Jury Honorable Mention for Narrative Short: 09:55 - 11:05, INGRID EKMAN, BERGSGATAN 4B, dir. by Christine Berglund & Sophie Vukovic
“A complex, captivating and thoughtful slice of humanity. Delicately shot, with beautiful performances from both women, the film sears itself into your emotional core and remains there for days.”

Jury Award for Animation Short: THE PRIDE OF STRATHMOOR, dir. by Einar Baldvin
“The Pride of Strathmoor is akin to a short, unpleasant trip to the insane asylum. The Poe-esque rendering of madness is perfectly complemented by the inventively textured animation.”
The award winner qualifies for the Annual Academy Awards®.

Jury Honorable Mention for Animation Short: HIPOPOTAMY, dir. by Piotr Dumala
“An outstanding display of technical craft, the authentic animation style of Hipopotamy accentuates the uncomfortable story.”

The below Short Film Jury Prizes were selected by esteemed industry members Eve Cohen and Dan Brawley.

Jury Award for Experimental Short: RED LUCK dir. by Mike Olenick
“If anything represents the experimental spirit of Slamdance, it’s this tin-foiled caper – an original and striking film full of layered and unexpected images. The film manages to offer a million different narrative paths – from dark and funny to weird and sparkly. A perfect example of a singular experimental work that is easy to watch again and again.”

Jury Award for Anarchy Short: DEVIANCE, dir. by Aron Kantor
“Deviance is the kind of raunchy nonsense that Slamdance embraces. A perverse pleasure diving in and out of reality that left us half-boned and just slightly numb from laughing. If anarchy at Slamdance is an anti-genre, then Deviance is the battle cry of 'fuck the system.”

Jury Honorable Mention for Anarchy Short: SEA DEVIL, dir. by Dean C. Marcial & Brett Potter
“A mythological tale without true beginning or end, this cinematic anarchy short pushes the edges of traditional storytelling, weaving three stories into one, and leaves you hanging. A bold work full of questions, puzzles and refreshing choices - another blazing Borscht experiment.”

SPECIAL AWARDS

Spirit of Slamdance Award: THINK INK, dir. by Wally Chung
The Spirit of Slamdance is awarded by the filmmakers of Slamdance 2015. It goes to the filmmaker who best embodies the spirit of the festival, creatively promoting their film, joyfully participating in screenings and events, and generally putting good energy into the festival.

The Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking awards were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Amber Benson, Todd Berger, Kent Osborne, and Damon Russell.

Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Grand Prize: COMING TO, dir. by Lindsey Haun, DP Spencer Rollins, starring Jacob Demonte-Finn
“A film that includes a little bit of everything in a very short time. Mystery, laughs, an impressive performance, and some mighty fine camerawork and cinematography. And like any great short film, it has you desperately wanting to know what happens next.”
The award winner was granted a 512gb Digital Bolex D16 Camera.

Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Honorable Mention: THE CHARACTER STUDY, dir.& DP Luke Pelizzari
“Creating tension in any film is hard, but to do it so effectively and gracefully with a very simple premise is truly an achievement of storytelling.”

Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Honorable Mention: ISOBEL, dir. by Marie Jamora, DP Jason McLagan
“Perfectly capturing the theme of filmmaking on your own terms, this short highlights the magic and wonder of childhood when anything is creatively possible.”

Kodak Director’s Prize: DETRITUS, dir. by T.J. Misny
Given on behalf of Kodak to a promising new filmmaker making bold, film-worthy directorial choices. The filmmaker was awarded a $10,000 credit for Kodak film stock to be used on their next project.

All Jury, Audience and Spirit of Slamdance winners were granted Final Draft 9 provided by Final Draft.

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. In partnership with Vimeo On Demand, Slamdance Studios is developing Slamdance 20, a collection of twenty festival award­ winning and audience favorite films; titles include Matt Johnson's The Dirties, Andrew Edison's Bindlestiffs, and Daniel Martinico's OK, Good. The 2014 On The Road tour was presented by CreativeFuture.

Over 2,500 submissions competed for prizes in the 2014 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 include Digital Bolex, The International Fusion Doc Challenge, Directors Guild of America, Pierce Law Group, CreativeFuture, Writers Guild of America West, Different By Design, Carhartt, Festival Scope, Final Draft, Park City's Treasure Mountain Inn, and Salt Lake City's BlueStar Juice Bar & Cafe, Beehive Distilling, and Xmission. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who support emerging artists and push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

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New streaming agreement provides online video distributor with over a dozen Slamdance selections.

Slamdance Studios and Hulu kicked off a new partnership on Wednesday. The popular online video delivery site reached a deal with Slamdance Film Festival’s commercial distribution wing, Slamdance Studios, to stream a curated collection of films. The inaugural batch of Slamdance offerings includes 12 features and one documentary short, available here.


Included among those titles immediately available is “D.I.Y.,” a documentary short featuring interviews with directors Chris Nolan (“Interstellar”) and Rian Johnson (“Star Wars: Episode VIII”); and “Tony,” a London-set thriller. Slamdance Studios also plans to add new programs to its Hulu channel on a monthly basis.

“If you want to see the best in true indie flmmaking come and experience Slamdance on Hulu,” Peter Baxter, Slamdance president & co-founder, said in a statement.

Slamdance Studios’ new Hulu agreement isn’t the company’s only current online distribution deal. Nicole Teeny’s “Bible Quiz,” winner of the Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, recently landed on Netflix.

Here’s the complete list of Slamdance titles currently available on Hulu:

"D.I.Y.” (Directed by Peter Baxter, Ben Hethcoat & Eric Ekman)
A documentary about the do it yourself flmmaking movement.

“Bindlestiffs” (Directed by Andrew Edison)
Three high school virgins, suspended on a bogus graffiti charge, flee to the inner city in an attempt to live out the plot of “The Catcher In The Rye” — A book they have neither read nor understand.

“The First Season” (Directed by Rudd Simmons)

A documentary about the trials and tribulations of a couple attempting to survive their first season as dairy farmers.

“Hybrid” (Directed by Monteith McCollum)
A documentary about Milford Beeghly, a radical farmer in the 1930s who pioneered the process of genetically enhanced crops. Considered a madman, this documentary is a portrait of one man’s obsessive vision with plants.

“American Jihadist” (Directed by Mark Claywell)
Isa Abdullah Ali grew up in the ghettos of America’s capitol and was surrounded by physical and psychological violence. “American Jihadist” looks at what role violence and a lack of hope for the future play in the development of radicalism.

“OK, Good” (Directed by Daniel Martinico)
A character study of Paul Kaplan, an unremarkable actor whose increasing inability to communicate in situations where there’s no script slowly turns him into a ticking time bomb of inner rage.

“Omaha (The Movie)” (Directed by Dan Mirvish)
The story of a young man who returns home from a trip abroad to confront not just his peculiar family and friends, but also a pair of Colombian jewel thieves and a roving gang of Iowa kickboxers, culminating in a showdown at Carhenge.

“Slam” (Directed by Marc Levin)
The story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted, young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City.

“Tony" (Directed by Gerard Johnson)
A thriller centered on a serial killer in a rundown London suburb.

“Trailer Park of Terror” (Directed by Steven Goldmann)
Six troubled high schoolers and their leader become lost after their bus crashes during a raging storm. They seek refuge for the night in an abandoned trailer park, managed by a sexy woman named Norma, but things quickly take a dark turn.

“Wild In The Streets” (Directed by Peter Baxter)

An ancient football game with goals three miles apart is the lifeblood of an English market town in this documentary.

Slamdance Film Festival, billed as a Sundance alternative for emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking, is held annually in Park City, Utah. This year’s event, the 21st, kicked off on Jan. 23 and runs through Thursday January 29, 2015.







This is your last chase to purchase Passes and Tickets ahead of the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival! Pass sales will close this Friday January 16th at 5PM PST. Ticket sales will close Tuesday, January 20th at 10PM PST. Limited Pass and Ticket sales will reopen at our Box Office on Thursday, January 22nd at the Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.


If you plan on being in Park City the All Access Pass is your best deal at Slamdance! It grants you access to all screenings, happy hours and events for the entire 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. There's something to do every day! Can't get enough of indie film? As an All Access Passholder you can go to as many movies as you like! Check out our Schedule here and the 2015 Festival Program here to see what films are for you! Want to make new friends and meet our Filmmakers? With your Pass you can have breakfast every morning, attend our daily happy hours, as well as all of the events and parties! The All Access Pass is available to the general public for $325. Work in the industry? The Industry Pass grants you all of the same access for only $275. Or maybe you live in Utah? Even better! The Local's Pass gives you all of the above for $150. Last but certainly not least, the Student Pass is available for $125 with your current valid student ID. Please note all happy hours and parties are 21+, sorry kiddos!

To read more or purchase a Pass, please go here.

If you will only be in Park City for a day or two and are looking to see a few screenings, please check out all of our films and purchase individual tickets here. Tickets are $8 for Shorts Blocks and $12 for Feature Films.

The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 23-29th at the Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.
 
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