Slamdance celebrates its 28th year as another January film festival in Park City. The festival is back for 2022 and will take place live from January 20-23 at its traditional home, the Treasure Mountain Inn on Upper Main Street. The virtual festival will take place from January 20 to 30.
Next month’s lineup includes 28 feature films and 79 short films. The feature films are virtually all premieres and span the globe, including six North American entries.
Traditionally, Slamdance has been on a budget and more low-key than Sundance.
Organizers said it still is. In their usual format, premieres are directorial debuts, which have no distribution in the United States and were produced for budgets under $ 1 million.
The program was selected by a panel of former Slamdance students. Including both feature films and shorts, the group reviewed more than 8,000 submissions.
In Slamdance’s 10-film narrative film program, the protagonists face, among other things, death, the existence of God and graduation from college. On the quirky side, the program also includes a film from Macedonia and Cyprus, entitled “Snow White dies at the end”.
In the documentary program, consisting of nine films, subjects include an underground dog shelter in Iran; a Polish mixed martial arts fighter competing in Vegas; and a farmer from Vermont who dreams of driving dog sleds in Alaska.
Slamdance also offers two special programs. The âBreakoutsâ section is devoted to filmmakers who are not making their debut, but who demonstrate determined and original visions.
Also, the “Unstoppable” program highlights filmmakers confronted with disability.
For live screenings and events, masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for attendees. Visit slamdance.com for more information.