The 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival, which runs concurrently to Sundance in Park City, Utah, has announced its film winners.
The Jury Award for Narrative Feature went to Rezeta, directed by Fernando Frias De La Parra. Rezeta follows a “21-year-old model born in Kosovo, arrives in Mexico City after living off of her beauty in many different countries. Soon she meets Alex, the guy in charge of cleaning her trailer during her first commercial gig in Mexico. Their friendship unfolds naturally, but after two failed attempts at dating stereotypical Mexican males Rezeta becomes romantically interested in Alex” and the film chronicles their love story, according to a press release.
“Slamdance is an ongoing experiment which has proven after 20 years that when it comes to recognizing artists and launching careers, our independent and grassroots community can do it themselves. We congratulate this year’s winning filmmakers and celebrate the collective talent of Slamdance 2014,” said Peter Baxter, Co-Founder and President of Slamdance.
Other winners included Audience Award recipients Kidnapped for Christ directed by Kate S. Logan, and Copenhagen, directed by Mark Raso. Jury Award for Documentary Feature went to Elliot, directed by Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau; Jury Award for Documentary Short went to Glass Eyes of Locust Bayou, directed by Simon Mercer.
Notable Slamdance alums include Christopher Nolan, Lena Dunham, and Marc Forster.