Slamdance unveils doc competition line-up

Eight documentaries, including director Allan Luebke's Glena (pictured), will screen as part of the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival's documentary feature film competition next year.
December 4, 2013

Organizers of the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival have unveiled the eight films that will screen in its documentary feature film competition program next year.

All the films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than US$1 million and were programmed from blind submissions from the festival’s filmmaking community. None of the films have distribution deals.

Awards will be handed out to the best documentary films from both the documentary and narrative categories. The docs are eligible for the Spirit of Slamdance Award, which is judged by filmmakers, well as the Audience Award.

This year’s Slamdance doc slate includes six world premieres and one North American premiere. The films are listed below:

Elliot, directors Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau, Canada (world premiere)
Glena, director Allan Luebke, USA (world premiere, pictured)
Huntington’s Dance, director Chris Furbee, USA (world premiere)
Kidnapped For Christ, director Kate S. Logan, USA/Dominican Republic (world premiere)
Little Hope Was Arson, director Theo Love, USA
Skanks, director David McMahon, USA (world premiere)
Sometimes I Dream I’m Flying, director Aneta Popiel-Machnicka, Poland (North American premiere)
Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe à la Hache, director Nailah Jefferson, USA (world premiere)

The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival takes place from January 17-23 in Park City, Utah.

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