Slamdance Film Festival

The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 20th fest, kicking off in Park City, Utah, January 17-23, 2014. What this means is that Sundance has already notified filmmakers of whether they got in or not. And these filmmakers were free to accept the Slamdance invitation. 

The lineup includes 10 narrative and 8 documentary films, including 11 World Premieres, 4 North American, and 1 US Premiere. The fest, which is the smaller of the two Park City winter film festivals and runs parallel to the Sundance Film Festival (those announcements are rolling out December 4, 5, 9 and 10), received over 5,000 submissions this year.

All competition films are feature film directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million and without US distribution, and were programmed from blind submissions by the Slamdance filmmaking community.


 Copenhagen - Director & Screenwriter: Mark Raso

(USA, Canada, Denmark) World Premiere

A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father's birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy - wise, spontaneous, and half his age.

Cast: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Tamzin Merchant

Goldberg & Eisenberg - Director & Screenwriter: Oren Carmi


A lonely computer programmer finds his life disrupted by a boorish thug who becomes dangerously obsessed in this darkly absurd drama.

Cast: Yitzhak Laor, Yahav Gal, Roni Dotan

I Play With The Phrase Each Other - Director & Screenwriter: Jay Alvarez

(USA) North American Premiere

Young city dwellers with lyrical musings and a sliding sense of entitlement hold court in this film comprised entirely of cell phone conversations.

Cast: Jay Alvarez, Will Hand, Megan Kopp, Alexander Fraser

I Put A Hit On You - Directors & Screenwriters: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart

(Canada) World Premiere

A broken-hearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to try and stop the hitman she accidentally hired to kill him.

Cast: Aaron Ashmore, Sara Canning


My Blind Heart - Director & Screenwriter: Peter Brunner

(Austria) North American Premiere

Suffering from an incurable disease, a young man rebels against his body and the expectations forced upon him in this black and white expressionist film.

Cast: Christos Haas, Jana McKinnon, Susanne Lothar, Robert Schmiedt, Georg Friedrich


The Republic of Rick - Director: Mario Kyprianou; Screenwriters: Mario Kyprianou, Becky Leigh

(USA) World Premiere

In this politic satire, a self-proclaimed President of the Republic of Texas rallies to lead a paranoid militia for Texas's independence in the late 1990s.

Cast: Dave Abed, Angie Gregory, Lori Jean Wilson


Rezeta - Director & Screenwriter: Fernando Frias de la Parra

(Mexico) US Premiere

A jet-setting model leads a freewheeling and spontaneous life in Mexico City that starts to change when she falls in love with an unexpected young artist.

Cast: Rezeta Veliu, Roger Mendoza, Paulina Davila, Sebastian Cordova


Rover - Director & Screenwriter: Tony Blahd

(USA) World Premiere

A dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves when their leader fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world.

Cast: Liam Torres, Jonathan Randell Silver, Steve Siddell, Natalie Thomas


The Sublime and Beautiful - Director & Screenwriter: Blake Robbins

(USA) World Premiere

David and Kelly descend into a complicated hell of grief but they take very different paths to make things right after losing their children to a drunk driver.

Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro, Armin Shimerman


Wizard's Way - Director & Screenwriter: Metal Man

(UK) North American Premiere

A champion online fantasy video game player, his encouraging best friend, and two ambitious would-be filmmakers who decide to capture it all for posterity.

Cast: Chris Killen, Joe Stretch, Kristian Scott, Socrates Adams-Florou, Sadie Frost

Documentary Features, after the jump: