2017 Film Selections

"SFDFF - San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2017 Films
We are pleased to announce programming for our 8th annual festival, featuring over 90 dance films at multiple San Francisco venues from October 19 – 22. Along with screenings, this year’s festival includes opening and closing receptions, post-screening discussions with filmmakers, live performances, an exhibition of VR 360 films, a full day of live performance captures, and an exciting collaboration with Catharine Clark Gallery featuring art/experimental dance films from September 9 through October 28.

The festival winds up on Sunday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. with a celebration of Bay Area artists, including screenings of local shorts and the premieres of two new films from SFDFF’s annual filmmaking project the Co-Laboratory. View List of 2017 Films.


All films selected for the Festival are eligible for cash awards up to $1,000. Winners will be selected by independent award jury.

2017 Co-Laboratory

SFDFF - San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Home Page, 2017 Call for Entries
The 5th anniversary of the collaborative program pairs local professional choreographers and filmmakers to create short dance films for the festival. The risk averse choreographer Robert Dekkers, founder and artistic director of Post:Ballet, are collaborating with commercial and music video director Marta Dymek.

The second team of “Co-Lab” artists pairs the contemporary dance company RAWdance’s artistic directors / choreographers Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith with filmmaker Shelley Lewis whose short films and commercials have garnered numerous awards.

The artists have begun meeting and workshopping ideas for their short dance films to be shot in just three days on location in San Francisco this September. Read More.

Summer Screenings

SFDFF On The Road, Audience Favorites| 2016 (AF16)

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If you missed seeing some of the best shorts programs from previous festivals, SFDFF’s acclaimed touring reels highlighting the best international shorts and audience favorites will be playing until September 15 at the 836M Gallery in San Francisco as part of French choreographer and filmmaker Redha’s exhibition, DANCE NO MATTER WHAT.