January 16, 2017

Slamdance and the U

The University of Utah is pleased to share its prominent presence and support of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Slamdance began in 1995 as a way to give truly independent filmmakers a voice. To this day, it lives and bleeds by its mantra, By Filmmakers for Filmmakers. The festival has earned a solid reputation for premiering films by first time writers and directors working within the creative confines of limited budgets. Taking place every January in the breathtaking snow-capped mountains of Park City, Utah at the exact same time as the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance aims to provide an authentic representation of independent filmmaking.

Festival discoveries have included directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), and Lena Dunham (Girls). Slamdance also attracts renowned alumni including Larry Clark, Steven Soderbergh, and Jonathan Demme.

Miriam and Sonia Albert-Sobrino both completed their MFAs in Film Production from the University of Utah. As current visiting assistant professors in the Film & Media Arts Department here at the U, they will serve as jurors for this year’s Festival. Slamdance is an Oscar Qualifying Film festival, meaning they will assist in determining which short films win this year’s festival edition, and ultimately will set foot on the Academy Awards Competition.

As an adjunct faculty member in the Film & Media Arts Department, Michael Edwards teaches Computer Animation and Intro to Animation to students here at the University of Utah. We are excited to announce that Edwards will feature his own animation, “A Narrative Film,” as part of the official selection in the Slamdance Film Festival competition.

Slamdance has also recognized the support of University of Utah professor Sterling Van Wagenen and associate professor Kevin Hanson of the Film & Media Arts Department for their collaboration and active participation in the festival.

Slamdance is a unique festival, entirely run and organized by filmmakers, creating a truly independent experience. The University of Utah’s Film and Media Arts Department’s work and support has played an important role in this year’s festival.

The Slamdance Film Festival runs January 20-26, 2017 in Park City, Utah.