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This is an excerpt from the Park Record. For the full story, visit: http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_17230240?source=most_viewed
The 2011 Slamdance Film Festival, which concluded Thursday with an Awards Ceremony at Treasure Mountain Inn, received a record number of over 5,000 submissions and programmed 83 films this year. 2011 marked the 17th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival, one of the few remaining film festivals whose sole mission is to support truly independent works from first-time filmmakers staying true to its mission of “by filmmakers, for filmmakers.”
There are three competitive divisions at Slamdance: Grand Jury, Audience Awards and Special Sponsored Awards provided by Kodak, Panasonic, Dos Equis and Good Health. In addition this year Slamdance adds a theatrical distribution award to best feature and short film, offering an alternative to the traditional US theatrical system. Theatrical showings of the winning short and feature program, along with selections from the Grand Jury and Audience Award winning films will be screened in several domestic venues throughout the year, including the IFC Center in New York and 14 Pews in Houston.
As always the Feature competitions are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of $1 million or less. In addition, this year Slamdance donated 10 percent of its Park City box office proceeds back to the filmmakers.
As of opening day at the festival, select Competition Feature Films were made available via Zune video Marketplace as part of this year’s Festival and VOD Showcase for the duration of the festival, January 20-27…
“Not every filmmaker is going home with a Sparky award but like never before it seems everyone is a winner at Slamdance. coming together as a community, each of our filmmakers has been empowered by what Slamdance has created this week and in the long run I think this experience will be most useful and rewarding,” stated Peter Baxter, Co-founder and President of Slamdance.
The winners of the 17th Annual Slamdance Film Festival and their prize packages are as follows:
Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film: “Stranger Things,” written and directed by Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal
Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film: “Bhopali,” directed by Van Maximillian Carlson
Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Animated Short: “Bottle,” written and directed by Kirsten Lepore
Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Short: “Bird,” written and directed by Petr Stupin
Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Documentary Short: “Oaks,” directed by Charles Wittenmeier
Audience Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film: “Silver Tongues,” written and directed by Simon Arthur
Audience Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film: “Bhopali,” directed by Van Maximilian Carlson
Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Award: “Shunka,” directed by CJ Gardella
Slamdance 2011 received a record number of over 5,000 submissions. Slamdance Film Festival, presented by Kodak, ran concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 21-27, 2011 in Park City, Utah. For more information, log onto http://www.slamdance.com/ and follow Slamdance on Twitter and Facebook.