2012 Slamdance Film Festival

Most people have heard about Park City's most famous film festival, which has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in the country, but have you also heard of Slamdance Film Festival?Movie popcorn and soda

Slamdance has also grown in prestige and attendance in recent years; in fact, they get around 3,200 submissions each year, about the same number as Sundance. At the same time, the festival is geared toward highlighting new talent so it's a great place for up-and-coming directors, writers and actors to be discovered. Slamdance is also held Park City, Utah at the same time as Sundance, so it is easy attend both festivals.

Comparing Slamdance and Sundance

So what are the differences between these two festivals? Unlike most of the films submitted to Sundance, submissions to Slamdance must be from first-time directors, films without domestic theatrical distribution and having budgets of under $1 million. This makes Slamdance a great festival for creatives trying to make a name for themselves and break into the film industry. The festival accepts submissions for feature-length movies and documentaries as well as shorts, screenplays, and video games. For more information on the submission guidelines see Slamdance's official site.

Slamdance Festival Details

Dark Seats in Movie TheatreSlamdance has been held every January since 1995 in Park City, Utah.  The next festival will be held Jan. 20–26, 2012. Because submissions aren't chosen until fall, it's hard to say what movies and shorts will be shown at the festival this next year, but in previous years there have been some high quality submissions including the short film Peluca by Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite.

Tickets and passes can be bought ahead of time or when you arrive in Park City. For those in the industry, All Access Passes, Student All Access Passes, and Industry Passes are available. Otherwise, individual tickets can be purchased for each event.

Visiting Park City

January is a great time to head to Park City. Hitting the slopes convenient when you're not watching films thanks to three ski and snowboard resorts conveniently located in town: Canyons, Deer Valley, and Park City Mountain.  Other winter activities are readily available as well including horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and snow tubing. Shopping is a also big draw for visitors of Park City with stores from high-end boutiques to factory outlet stores around town. Just be sure to pack plenty of warm clothes when heading to Park City as the average highs rarely make it above 33F degrees.

Slamdance Accommodations

While attending Slamdance and spending your days skiing, nothing feels better than coming home to relax in a comfortable Park City vacation rental. Whether you're sharing with friends or your family, you’ll have plenty of space to spread out, unwind and talk about the movies you saw that day.


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