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‘Snow and Ashes,’ ‘American Jihadist’ take top Slamdance awards

Submitted by Slamdance

Friday, Slamdance announced its 2010 Award Winners. The 2010 Slamdance Film Festival received a record number of over 5,000 submissions from every continent and programmed 91 films this year.

As always the Feature competitions are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of $1 million or less.

The winners of the 16th Annual Slamdance Film Festival are as follows:


  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film Winner: SNOW AND ASHES, directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud Special Jury Mention: ONE HUNDRED MORNINGS, directed by Conor Horgan
  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film Winner: AMERICAN JIHADIST, directed by Mark Claywell
  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Animated Short Winner: SEED, directed by Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird
  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Short Winner: PRVI DAN MIRA (First Day of Peace), Mirko Rucnov Special Jury Mention for a short documentary film: BOUT THAT BOUT, directed by Nico Sabenorio


  • Audience Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film Winner: THE WILD HUNT, directed by Alexandre Franchi Winner also receives $5000 in Post Production Services from Post Factory, New York; $3500 in Legal Services from Pierce Law Group; Sony Software Package
  • Audience Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film Winner: MIND OF THE DEMON: THE LARRY LINKOGLE STORY, directed by Adam Barker
  • Audience Sparky Award for Best Anarchy Online Film Winner: SUGAR STICK, directed by Laura Harris
  • Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Short Film Award Winner: MOSQUITO, directed by Jeremy Engle Awarded by the Class of 2010 filmmakers to the film teams that best exhibit passion and talent, commitment to the independent community, and enthusiastically embrace all Slamdance has to offer.


  • Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography Winner: GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9, directed by Robert Persons
  • Dos Equis Most Interesting Film Award (and best Mumblecore film to NOT play SXSW)
  • Slamdance also presented the 1ST Annual Script Accessible Screenplay Award sponsored by Lonely Seal Releasing to ALL THE WRONG REASONS written by Gia Milani. The Script Accessible Award is part of Slamdance’s year-round Writing Competition that received over 2,500 submissions in 2009

    Also, on Thursday, Slamdance’s new distribution partnership with Microsoft went live on both Zune and Xbox LIVE platforms with four films screened at the festival in Park City: Documentary Features "American Jihadist" and "Mind of the Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story," and Narrative Features "The Scenesters" and "The Wild Hunt." The films are available for a seven day period for movie fans to rent though their computers or on Xbox LIVE until February 2, 2010.

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