Randall Cole's comedy about a doomed gambler Real Time starring Randy Quaid will open the 14th Slamdance Film Festival on January 17 2008.

Event president and co-founder Peter Baxter and his team whittled down more than 1,200 submissions to the final roster of 29.

Entries include Steve Clark's rites of passage tale Frost, Tao Ruspoli's dark road movie Fix and Oren Peli's supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity in the narrative feature competition.

Documentaries include Robyn Bliley's portrait of a circus family in Circus Rosaire, an account of Tiffany stalkers in Sean Donnelly's I Think We're Alone Now and Ron Davis and Stewart Halpern's Pageant, about the 34th Miss Gay America contest.

'Slamdance has built a reputation for being at the forefront of what's new and exciting in culture, media and entertainment' Baxter said. 'What that means for us as a film festival in today's new media environment is that we're inclusive of all the film viewing platforms out there in the marketplace.

'We don't just think about theatrical and DVD release - we know our demographic, and they want to watch movies on their iPods, their computers, on YouTube. By embracing all of these different platforms, we're better equipped to help our film-makers find an audience.'

Slamdance runs concurrently with Sundance from January 17-25 2008. For a complete list of films visit www.slamdance.com.