Gatekeeper QOTD: Josh Mandel (Slamdance Film Festival)


Mandel Indieflix: What is your criteria for selecting films? What distinguishes your selections from other festivals? 

Josh Mandel (Programmer, Slamdance Film Festival): “People often ask us, what makes a film a “Slamdance film?” On the surface, a Slamdance film is directed by an unproven director working with modest means. More importantly, a Slamdance film has a singular vision that is personal, vibrant and stands apart from others in its genre. A Slamdance film should be bold, provocative, impassioned and unrelenting in its quest to create discussion. We don’t demand that films be overtly commercial even though PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, the most successful independent film of all time, was a Slamdance film. At the same time, we don’t hold it against a film for having commercial viability. Slamdance is committed to finding new directing voices. That is why people look to Slamdance as a festival of discovery for filmmakers.

People often ask us, what makes a film a “Slamdance film?” On the surface, a Slamdance film is directed by an unproven director working with modest means. More importantly, a Slamdance film has a singular vision that is personal, vibrant and stands apart from others in its genre. A Slamdance film should be bold, provocative, impassioned and unrelenting in its quest to create discussion.”

From  An Inside Look at Slamdance Film Festival —  Indieflix

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