Six Park City film festivals (Slamdance, Digidance, Lapdance, Nodance, Slamdunk and TromaDance) have come together to form the Wasatch Festival Syndicate. The amalgam was initiated by Andrea Clark, event producer for Slamdance. Says Clark, ‘We asked ourselves, ‘How can we, while remaining distinct entities, promote all of our festivals? How can we make it easier for film patrons? What can we do to promote filmmaking as a whole?” Her solution culminated in the inaugural Festival Summit – a 2,000-attendee party hosted by all participating festivals, on January 26. Tickets are reserved for the filmmakers and staff of all festivals, plus a few Sundance participants and a handful of press.
The event was created to dispel the myth that the fests are competitive. Says Howie Goldklang, director of sponsorship for the Summit, ‘The focus of the Summit is not the festivals – it’s to show appreciation for all participating filmmakers.’ The amalgam also entails a newsletter with schedules of all the fests and a webpage with links to each fest website. Says Goldklang, ‘The future of Wasatch hasn’t been hashed out. This is, however, a great step in the right direction. Anything is possible.’