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Rock Steady Row

The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its narrative and documentary feature film competition programmes for its 24th festival edition, running January 19-25, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

Slamdance’s competition lineup includes 16 premieres - 10 world, two North American, and four US. Most titles were produced in the US, with additional features coming from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany and the Netherlands. All competition films are feature length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1m, and have not secured US distribution. 

In addition, alumni Anthony and Joe Russo have partnered with Slamdance for the inaugural Russo Fellowship award. The award winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize and mentorship from Joe and Anthony in the development of the winner’s next project at the brothers’ new Los Angeles-based studio. Every participating filmmaker at the 2018 festival is eligible for the annual prize. 

“The Russo brothers exemplify our “by filmmakers for filmmakers” paradigm says Peter Baxter. They are joined by a great number of dedicated alumni who’ve shown when it comes to recognizing talent and launching careers, Slamdance’s independent and grassroots film community really can do it themselves.”

“Born out of rejection, Slamdance’s artist-led group continues to discover cutting edge talent creating work outside of convention. Our 2018 competition lineup is daring, varied, and vivid. It represents the spirit of our time and leads us into the future.”

Narrative features

  • Birds Without Feathers (USA) World Premiere, dir Wendy McColm
  • Charlie And Hannah’s Grand Night Out (Belgium) World Premiere, dir Bert Scholiers
  • Fake Tattoos (Canada) US Premiere, dir Pascal Plante
  • Fish Bones (USA) World Premiere, dir Joanne Mony Park
  • Human Affairs (USA) World Premiere, dir Charlie Birns
  • Lovers (Denmark) US Premiere, dir Niels Holstein Kaa
  • M/M (Canada, Germany) World Premiere, dir Drew Lint
  • Rock Steady Row (USA) World Premiere, dir Trevor Stevens
  • Songs In The Sun (Denmark) US Premiere, dir Kristian Sejrbo Lidegaard
  • The Starry Sky Above Me (France) US Premiere, dir Ilan Klipp

Documentary features

  • Circus Ecuador (Ecuador, USA) World Premiere, dirs Ashley Bishop and Jim Brassard
  • Freedom For The Wolf (Germany, USA), dir Rupert Russell
  • Ingrid (USA) World Premiere, dir Morrisa Maltz
  • Instant Dreams (Netherlands) North American Premiere, dir Willem Baptist
  • Man On Fire (USA) World Premiere, dir Joel Fendelman
  • MexMan (USA) World Premiere, dir Josh Polon
  • Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End, (USA) dir Pablo Bryant
  • Sunnyside (Belgium, Netherlands) North American Premiere, dir Frederik Carbon