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Cap Rock Hike, Joshua Tree National Park, California.
Cap Rock Hike, Joshua Tree National Park, California. Ken Lund. (Flickr)

Slamdance will take a break from Park City in 2021 by moving virtually to slamdance.com, YouTube and physically to Joshua Tree, California. The festival will run February 12 – 25, 2021 with free viewing, filmmaker revenue share and a new program for creators with disabilities.

The online showcase includes short and feature film programs, filmmaker Q&A’s, jury and audience awards presentations, workshops and panels with notable alumni and Slamdance’s first program for filmmakers with disabilities called Unstoppable. The showcase will provide revenue sharing from sponsor proceeds for filmmakers and free online viewing opportunities for audiences.

The physical festival experience is an invite-only, socially-distanced weekend desert retreat for filmmakers to safely gather and connect with each other and industry guests. Slamdance will present premier outdoor screenings, filmmaker workshops, notable alumni and industry talks and music. The filmmaker retreat will be adjacent to a public drive-in cinema program.

“Slamdance ‘21 isn’t about compromise because of the pandemic. It’s about community, accessibility and growth. It’s about Slamdance’s future and the love of independent film.” President and Co-founder, Peter Baxter

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