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After 30 years, Slamdance film festival will move to Los Angeles

May 1, 2024, 12:00 PM

The Hollywood sign during its repainting in 2022. The area in and around Hollywood will start hosti...

The Hollywood sign is seen as it is repainted in preparation for its 100th anniversary in 2023, in Hollywood on Sept. 28, 2022. The Slamdance film festival will now be moving to Los Angeles, hosting its events in and around Hollywood. (Photo credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images/FILE)

(Photo credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images/FILE)

PARK CITY, Utah — The Slamdance Film Festival is bringing its 30-year run in Utah to a close. Founded and hosted in Park City, Slamdance has announced they plan to leave Utah next year.

In a social media post, the indie film event said that it’ll be moving next year’s festival to Los Angeles. The group said the move is “a chance to dive deeper into our mission to uplift indie filmmakers and connect with even more of you.”

Several big Hollywood names have backed the move, including Christopher Nolan and the Russo brothers.

“Our journey in the film industry began at Slamdance,” Anthony and Joe Russo said in a blog post. “And our commitment to the festival and the opportunities it offers filmmakers has remained unwavering.”

Karen Bass, the mayor of Los Angeles, also voiced her support for the move.

“The Slamdance Film Festival will serve as a dynamic hub for creativity, connection, and job opportunities for Angelenos,” Bass said.

In the post announcing the move, the group says their commitment “to diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility never wavers.”

The Slamdance team has already secured several partners ahead of next year’s festival. Some major names among them are Panasonic, Landmark Theaters, and AGBO, an independent studio founded by the Russo brothers.

The announcement arrived only weeks after Sundance announced they were looking for a new host city as well.

Related: Sundance Institute seeks proposals for future location of film festival

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After 30 years, Slamdance film festival will move to Los Angeles