LOS ANGELES, CA
March 27, 2014
Slamdance Film Festival has announced Anna Germanidi as their Festival Director. Promoted from within, Germanidi has served as Manager for the festival since 2012. President and Co-founder Peter Baxter will continue to oversee the Slamdance organization, including the development of its Slamdance Studios distribution business. Germanidi’s tenure is specific to the preparation and day to day running of the 2015 festival which will be held in Park City, Utah from January 23rd – 29th. During the last twenty years, the festival has become synonymous with the discovery of new filmmaking talent and can now boast many successful alumni who first got their big break at Slamdance.
“I am really grateful for the opportunity to continue supporting the filmmaking community through Slamdance,”Germanidi stated. “As we’re starting the next twenty years, we’re excited to welcome new talent into our creative family and together help independent cinema grow stronger.”
“As Slamdance evolves, I’m very glad Anna has agreed to serve as the festival’s new Director. To have such a passionate leader who already knows Slamdance and has helped our community grow is invaluable for us as we move forward with our 21st festival”, said President and Co- founder Peter Baxter.
Slamdance is a year-round organization and a film festival that runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The organization continues to serve as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers and continues to be a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers.
Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Marc Forster (World War Z), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday).
Slamdance’s On The Road film tour events and Slamdance Studios’ developing commercial distribution platform continue to increase opportunities for filmmakers both internationally and domestically. Slamdance Studios recently announced a distribution partnership with Vimeo to bring Slamdance 20, a collection of twenty award-winning and audience favorite Slamdance films, to its own VOD platform; titles include Matt Johnson’s The Dirties, Andrew Edison’s Bindlestiffs, and Daniel Martinico’s OK, Good. This month, Slamdance Studios launched a theatrical tour for Nicole Teeny’s Bible Quiz and will release the film June 10, 2014 in partnership with Virgil Films on VOD and DVD. The 2014 On The Road tour is presented by CreativeFuture, stopping next at New York’s IFC center on March 25th with festival award winners Kidnapped for Christ by Kate Logan and Rezeta by Fernando Frias De La Parra.
The 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition is currently open for submissions until July 29th, with an early deadline on April 8th. The competition accepts entries in the Feature, Short/ Webisode, Original Teleplay, and Horror categories. Prizes this year include up to $11,000 in cash and the winning Short/Webisode will have the option to be produced by Slamdance and screen at the 2016 festival.
Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors include Blackmagic Design, Gawk, MixBit, the Directors Guild of America and Vimeo. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who support emerging artists and push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.
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