The San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) announces its fourth annual festival—dance screen 2013 with San Francisco Dance Film Festival, at the Roxie Theater, Thursday September 12, and at Delancey Screening Room, Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15.
The four-day event will be produced in collaboration with world-renowned European media arts organization, IMZ—International Music + Media Center. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, IMZ’s dance screen is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious competitions and festivals for dance films, now partnering for the first time with a U.S. festival to present the best dance films from around the world. dance screen 2013, with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, is co-presented by the San Francisco Film Society and San Francisco Ballet.
On September 13 and 14, the program includes a public forum of panel presentations with professionals from the field of dance, music, filmmaking, technology/media, education, and visual arts. Industry leaders will have a chance to present and discuss topics that range from the evolution of dance on screen, an exploration of how science and technology influence dance, to effective pitching techniques for filmmakers. The forum will also explore the new dynamics involved in creating and distributing the growing art of screendance — dance choreographed specifically for the camera—to a global audience, attracting international broadcasters and distributors.
DANCE SCREEN 2013
The festival will screen nearly 50 films, with 21 additional films on viewing stations at the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D). With many of the shorts programs screening at the Roxie and Delancey Theaters, MP+D will accommodate the special categories of programs that feature full-length performances or long form documentaries, available for public screening on viewing stations from September 12 -30. All 70 films, including those screened at MP+D, will be in the competition with the jury selecting a best in each category. Awards will be presented on closing night and include the dance screen cash prize of $5,000 for the best overall film and $2,000 for the best student film.
Award Jury Members for the 2013 festival competition include the BalletBoyz®, with founders Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, hailed as pioneers for reaching a wider audience through their celebrated stage and television work; Ellen Bromberg, a choreographer, filmmaker, curator and educator with works presented on public television stations, online channels, and at numerous national and international dance film festivals; Lynette Kessler, producer, media consultant, curator and founder of Dance Camera West Dance Media Festival; and Muriel Maffre formerly with Hamburg Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and San Francisco Ballet where she was principal for 17 years; she is currently the director of MP+D.
Festival program highlights include diverse dance styles and numerous local and international directors, presented through a broad selection of shorts, as well as a couple highly acclaimed long-form productions. SFDFF Executive Director Greta Schoenberg says, “The screendance shorts are truly the heart of the festival. These mixed programs are popular with audiences and allow us to support more talented filmmakers by packing nearly fifty films into four days”. However, the collaboration with IMZ's dance screen presents a unique opportunity for programs submitted by broadcasters and distributors, resulting in a number of full-length productions featured on public viewing stations at MP+D such as Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, and San Francisco Ballet’s recent production of The Little Mermaid. Many of the filmmakers will be attending and participating in Q&A sessions after the films.
Selections will include notable productions such as:
• MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE IN 3D — a stunning re–interpretation of Swan Lake trades in the traditional female corps de ballet for a menacing cast of male dancers.
• 40M UNDER — choreographer Alexander Ekman's first lengthy film project, featuring the Cullberg Ballet.
• BALLET BOYZ: THE NEXT GENERATION — follows the meteoric rise of the all male dance company exemplifying 21st-century choreography. Hailing from the U.K., Ballet Boyz founders will also be in attendance.
• ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND: THE MAKING OF — follows the creative process of Christopher Wheeldon's Alice In Wonderland with the Royal Ballet.
• BUDDING STARS — profiles the young aspiring students of the Paris Opera School, where the greatest “étoiles” (i.e., principal dancers) are trained.
The festival will also present the first Co-Laboratory project, a unique collaboration between three choreographers and filmmakers who will create three short dance films one week before the festival. Funded in part by The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the three original interdisciplinary works for the screen will be premiered on the closing night of the festival, September 15. Co-Laboratory artists include choreographer Amy Seiwert with filmmakers John Haptas and Kris Samuelson; choreographer Yaelisa with director John Korty; and choreographer KT Nelson, choreographer, and Chris Mason Johnson, director. Bios for participants available here.
For ticket information, please visit the San Francisco Dance Film Festival