Early Bird (5th July, 2021)
Regular (16th August, 2021)
Late (13th September, 2021)
40 - minutes
No age restriction
Narrative and documentary features directed by NON-1st time feature director(s).
Over 40 minutes. Not previously or currently being released in the US by a third-party distributor. Not distributed online. Participation in online film festivals is allowed. No budget restriction.
Since 1995, Slamdance has been recognized as the premiere festival for discovering visionary first-time directors: Christopher Nolan (Following), Lynn Shelton (We Go Way Back), Bong Joon Ho (Barking Dogs Never Bite), Sean Baker (Take Out), Lena Dunham (Dealing), Behn Zeitlin (The Origins of Electricity), Ana Lily Amirpour (Six and A Half), and many more.
While Slamdance’s main competition remains exclusive to first-time directors, the BREAKOUTS program (is designed to) serves directors beyond their first films who maintain distinct visual styles and a unique cinematic voice. At Slamdance, we’ve recognized an inherent need for a viable platform for these fiercely independent filmmakers who might not have the connections to get coveted spots in industry labs and financing along the more traditional development roads. Rather, they continue to make films “their” way, beyond the more star-driven Hollywood and festival elite's radar. BREAKOUTS is where we want the next Nolan with his second film, Memento, Shelton with Humpday, and Zeitlin with Beasts of the Southern Wild to take off. We want these types of distinct voices to be recognized by distributors, agents, and producers who can help drive them forward with distribution and long-lasting, commercially viable careers.