The fourth annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival - dance screen 2013 with San Francisco Dance Film Festival - takes place in the city from September 12th to 15th, presenting a total of 70 films across a diverse range of dance styles, and showcasing the work of both local and international directors.
This year, for the first time, the Festival will be produced in collaboration with world-renowned European media arts organization, IMZ - International Music + Media Center - the global association for all those involved in any aspect of audio-visual music and dance. Co-presenters of this international celebration of dance on camera are San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Film Society.
IMZ, founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1961, is dedicated to the development and promotion of music and dance through audio-visual media. Its international membership includes brands such as the BBC, Metropolitan Opera New York and Universal Music, as well as individual composers, choreographers, musicians and directors. IMZ’s dance screen competition and festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. The partnership with the SFDFF represents IMZ’s first such partnership outside Europe, a collaboration which will enable Festival participants to meet the European distributors who support, create and distribute dance content to audiences worldwide.
The San Francisco Dance Film Festival was established in 2010, to provide a platform for the presentation and further development of dance-based films in the Bay Area, and to take dance to a wider audience, supporting collaboration between artists of different disciplines, and providing opportunities for education and creative exchange.
Over this four-day festival, nearly 50 shortscreen productions will be shown - at the Roxie Theater on September 12, and at Delancey Screening Room from September 13 to 15. The collaboration with IMZ will enable the SFDFF to screen 21 full-length productions and long-form documentaries as well - on viewing stations at the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D).
Included in these 21 productions are Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Little Mermaid, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in 3D, and Alexander Ekman’s 40m Under featuring the Cullberg Ballet. Ballet Boyz: The Next Generation follows the meteoric rise of the all-male company, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Making Of - traces the creative process behind Christopher Wheeldon’s production for The Royal Ballet, and Budding Stars profiles the aspiring young students of the Paris Opera School. These 21 films will be available for public viewing at the MP+D until September 30.
All 70 films will participate in a competition to select the dance screen winner of the best overall film - for a cash prize of $5,000 - and the best student film which will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Jury members include Balletboyz founders Michael Nunn and William Trevitt; choreographer, filmmaker and educator Ellen Bromberg; Lynette Kessler, Artistic and Executive Director of Dance Camera West; and Muriel Maffre, former dancer with Hamburg Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and San Francisco Ballet, and currently director of the MP+D.
The program also includes a public forum of panel presentations - on September 13 and 14 - with professionals from the world of dance, music, filmmaking, technology/media, education and visual arts - during which industry leaders will present and discuss topics ranging from the evolution of dance on screen, and the ways in which science and technology influence dance, to effective pitching techniques for filmmakers. The forum will also explore the dynamics involved in creating and distributing the art of screendance - dance choreographed specifically for the camera.
Another first for the Festival is the Co-Laboratory project - a collaboration between three choreographers and filmmakers who will create three short dance films a week before the Festival opens. The aim is for this project to become an annual event, to inspire and support local artists of different disciplines to collaborate in the creation of dance films, for both local and international audiences. Co-Laboratory artists include choreographer Amy Seiwert with filmmakers John Haptas and Kris Samuelson; choreographer Yaelisa with director John Korty; and choreographer KT Nelson and Chris Mason Johnson, director.
San Francisco Ballet - the oldest professional ballet company in America - enjoys a reputation which places it amongst the world's foremost ballet companies. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for the past 20 years, the Company currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. During 2012, SF Ballet's tour schedule included return visits to London and Washington DC, and first-time appearances in Hamburg, Moscow and Sun Valley, Idaho.
San Francisco Film Society is a national leader in exhibition, education and filmmaker services, having brought the best in world cinema to the Bay Area for the past 50 years. In addition to presenting more than 100 days of exhibition annually, the Society has an education program which introduces international, independent and documentary cinema and media literacy to more than 10,000 teachers and students each year. Its Filmmaker360 program provides deserving filmmakers of all levels with creative and business services, professional development classes, and funding totaling millions of dollars.
Ticket information on dance screen 2013 with San Francisco Dance Film Festival is available online at www.sfdancefilmfest.org