• Charlie Vogelsang

Slamdance Film Festival 2021: 5 Films To Look Out For

Slamdance has finally announced its line-up for 2021, and we've selected the films we're most excited for.

The Slamdance Film Festival has revealed its line-up of 25 features and 107 shorts for its festival next year, taking place between February 12 - 15. For the first time, Slamdance will be mostly virtual, moving online from its the usual Utah setting, and festival passes are available for free until December 31.

Slamdance launched in 1995 as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival to focus on emerging artists and emphasise independent films. Over the years, the festival has established alumni support from filmmakers Bong Joon-ho and Steven Soderbergh to name just a few.

In anticipation for the festival, here are five films we can’t wait to watch.


Frederik S. Hana directs this documentary that tells the story of Frederik and his friendship with Marius that was formed through filmmaking. They decide to put their talents and skills to work in a distinctive challenge to find Marius’ long lost Japanese mother. Code Name: Nagasaki looks to be an intriguing documentary that hopefully has an amazing payoff.


Written and directed by Keff, this Taiwanese short film finally gets its North American premiere at the festival. It tells the story of a receptionist at Suicide Hotel in Taipei who befriends a guest over the course of the night. The friendship is fleeting as the guest struggles to decide whether she wants to live or die. It looks to be a film with a unique perspective, and we can’t wait to see more.

Credit: MA Studios & Keff


Directed and produced by Alberto Gerosa, Dea follows a woman as she leaves her rural home in Indonesia to follow her dreams. She migrates to Hong Kong as a foreign domestic worker, while trying to achieve her dream of being a singer. Amazingly, the script is the result of nine-months of acting improv with a group of Indonesian migrant women. Their real life experiences helped to form the film, and we just know it’s going to be poignant.


The feature film debut of Skinner Myers, The Sleeping Negro follows a young black man who is confronted with a series of racially charged incidents. The film is his struggle as he tries to overcome rage, alienation and hopelessness in order to restore his humanity. It looks to be a powerful film that needs to be told and will greatly impact many.

Credit: Skinner Myers


This documentary tells the story of a 47-year-old suburban telemarketer named Edward Popil, who leaves his job to pursue a full-time entertainment career. Directed by Angela Washko, Workhorse Queens follows Ed on his journey as the drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis. It looks to be a quirky and genuine documentary that’ll be full of surprises.

Credit: Angela Washko

Check out the full line-up here, and don’t forget to register for your free tickets.