** The final deadline is extended until Oct 12 by popular demand**


The Slamdance Film Festival is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking that lives and bleeds by its mantra: By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. No other film festival in the world is entirely run and organized by the creative force that can only be found in filmmakers. Slamdance has created a track record for showcasing breakthrough artists that is beyond dispute. Filmmakers who first showed their work at the festival are now amongst the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

"Of all the Sundance myths that developed over the last 35 years, the biggest fallacy is that of being magically discovered and launching one’s career on a snow-covered January evening in Park City. If anything, when that does happen, it’s across the street at Slamdance” - IndieWire


The Slamdance Film Festival accepts films in every genre, on any topic, from every country around the world. We spotlight low-budget Narrative and Documentary Features by first-time directors, Breakout Features from non-first time directors, short films across genres, and episodes. We do not disqualify any films based on premiere status or date of completion.

The festival program is selected entirely from our blind submissions pool and no films are given special treatment based on who made them or who they know. Over 200 Slamdance alumni filmmakers are responsible for the programming and organization of the festival. With a variety of backgrounds, interests, and talents, but with no individual filmmaker’s vote valued more than any other, Slamdance’s committees have been able to stay close to the heart of the DIY spirit and the bleeding-edge of contemporary filmmaking.

POC Director Discount
This year, we’d like to encourage additional film submissions from directors of color to work towards greater racial and overall diversity in our submissions pool and the film industry at-large. We are extending the early deadline rates of $60 for features, and $40 for short films to POC directors until the regular deadline of August 26th.

Jury Award for Narrative Feature
Jury Award for Documentary Feature
Jury Award for Narrative Short
Jury Award for Documentary Short
Jury Award for Animation Short
Jury Award for Experimental Short
Audience Award for Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Documentary Feature
Audience Award for Best of Breakouts
Outstanding Acting Award
Spirit of Slamdance Award (all participating filmmakers vote to determine which film/filmmaker best represents the Spirit of Slamdance)

Russo Brothers Fellowship
Established in 2018 by Slamdance alums and critically acclaimed directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame), the Fellowship is designed to foster and support young filmmakers while creating a platform for new and emerging talent.
Anthony and Joe will select one filmmaker to receive a $25,000 prize, consisting of an office at their new Los Angeles based studio, mentorship from Anthony and Joe, and a cash stipend for one year.

Additional prizes
Each year significant cash and service prizes are awarded to Sparky Award recipients.
The Slamdance Cinema Club offers theatrical showings of select features and shorts throughout the year following each festival.

By entering Slamdance Film Festival, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

• Eligibility requirements for each category are final. There are no exceptions.
• We consider films in any language, from anywhere in the world. If your film is not in English, make sure it has English subtitles where necessary.
• We consider work in progress.
• We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Even if your film already premiered at another festival, it’s still eligible.
• Only features that don’t have US distribution are eligible for Slamdance. Entrants must notify the festival at once if their distribution status changes.
• There’s no distribution rule for shorts and episodes. All short films and episodes, including those released online, are eligible.
• Entrants can update their edit any time by uploading a new video file into the same link on Vimeo, so the submission link stays the same. Do not send us new links.
• Accepted filmmakers must own rights to their film and all its components by the time of the festival.
• If accepted, entrants are responsible for delivering their exhibition copy and other materials, such as: trailer, screener link, press stills, and press-kit, by deadline.
• If accepted, filmmakers are required to do their best to attend the festival. Unfortunately, Slamdance does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.

Overall Rating
  • I had an amazing and exciting experience.
    I'd love to see you again!
    Thank's so much to the amazing team of SlamDance!

    February 2020
  • Josh Davidsburg

    Slamdance was amazing. It was such a supportive and inspiring atmosphere. Everyone involved is down-to-earth and friendly. One of the most creative atmospheres I’ve ever been a part of.

    February 2020
  • Carlota Pereda

    What a brilliant festival! You MUST go there if you get selected. Great films and great vibes. And fantastic networking.

    February 2020
  • Lofty Sky Entertainment

    It would be hard to imagine a better place to have premiered our film, Ask No Questions. The staff are very committed and responsive. They manage to somehow pull off an amazing festival in the shadow of Sundance, with a very lean team. Alina, the fest manager, is an absolute workhorse.

    Also, the culture is so unique. Programmed by filmmakers (mainly former Slamdance alum) there's a real attention to the filmmaking rather than stars, name recognition, studio affiliation and which distributor is attached (note: you can't have US distribution to play there, in fact).

    And the competition programs are limited to first-time directors. As a result, getting picked at Slamdance is like getting an invite to a fraternity of highly capable filmmakers on the cusp of their career breakthroughs.

    And, somehow, it manages to keep a close-knit feel despite the fact that the films are in competition. We had other teams in the doc feature competition helping us promote our screenings out on the street, wearing our swag, and cheering us on. We did the same without hesitation, as there are some amazing works on display in this festival.

    Warning: Be prepared to do it all yourself--no one will pay your airfare, accommodations, etc., (though the staff will provide lots of advice and connect you with other filmmakers if you're looking for a room or bed).

    Also, a lot of the responsibility to fill seats is on your own ability to promote your film in Park City. But if you're launching your first feature or a short you poured your heart into, what better way to show your mettle than to get out there and introduce your film face-to-face with the industry mob that is at the epicenter of independent film. You'll learn a ton and be prepared for whatever comes next.

    The independent culture runs through the whole fest. The venue is makeshift, but works. (Pro tip: if you have a subtitled film, get those titles up higher as there are more obstructed view seats than you're going to find at other festivals. We did this, and enlarged font, and no one complained about having trouble during the screenings).

    Overall, I cannot recommend more.

    February 2020
  • The festival team was very open and the atmosphere that was created warm and inviting. Lots of good people and movies. We got awarded and we are happy that our work was recognized by other active filmmakers. Slamdance is a great place for independent cinema, with heart and soul.

    February 2020