2016 Award Winners

2016 AWARD WINNERS

For the first time this year, SFDFF brought together a group of independent jury members to present awards at the beginning of the closing night local shorts program. Awards were given to the following films:

Best Documentary / Best Cinematography

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Inheriting a Legacy

Inheriting a Legacy (Herencia de un Pueblo)

(Peru, 2016) 12:02
Director: Carmen Roman
Choreographer: Carmen Roman

Set in the vibrant Peruvian town of El Carmen, this film highlights the people, town, and dance legacy of African descendants in Peru.


Best Director

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Ravages

Ravages

(Canada, 2015) 13:58
Director: Alan Lake
Choreographer: Alan Lake
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Ravages tells a kind of abstract tale, inviting the viewer to dive into the raw and fragile world of a symbolic epic where the human confronts what is perishable or unchangeable.


Best Visual Effects

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Disco

Disco

(Germany, 2016) 2:09
Director: Boris Seewald
Choreographer: Simone Schmidt, Althea Corlett

A handmade dance video of 1,250 paintings on paper.


Best Screendance Short Over 10 Min

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films2016, Shift

Shift

(USA, 2015) 11:00
Director: Rachael Lincoln and Amelia Rudolph
Choreographer: Amelia Rudolph

Bay Area vertical dance company BANDALOOP journeys across the Sierras using climbing technology to access back-country sites including a 2,900-foot dance wall. BANDALOOP challenges the boundaries of site-specific performance, re-imagining what dance can be and where it can take place.


Best Screendance Short Under 10 Min

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Maze

Maze

(UK, 2016) 6:02
Director: Eve McConnachie
Choreographer: Sophie Laplane

Two young people discover each other as they explore a labyrinthine and derelict Glasgow swimming pool.


Best Screendance Short Under 5 Min

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Rebellion & Johannesburg

Rebellion & Johannesburg

(Germany, 2015) 4:47
Director: Leila El-Kayem
Choreographer: Jessica Nupen
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A provocative dance film, based on a production of the same name, telling a story of xenophobia, violence, and resilience against the backdrop of the 2012 Marikane mining massacre in Rustenburg, South Africa.


Best Student Film

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016

Be Fabulous, First Stop: Sexitude

(USA, 2015) 5:09
Director: Meghan Ryan
Choreographer: D’Arcy Drollinger

Outfitted in neon spandex, fishnet stockings, and gold booty shorts, Sexitude dancers of all shapes, sizes, genders, sexual orientations, and fitness levels come to werk it.



2016 AUDIENCE FAVORITES

The following films were selected by audience survey as the individual screendance shorts program favorites:

Opening Night: International Shorts 1

2016 Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, MazeMaze

(UK, 2016) 6:02
Director: Eve McConnachie
Choreographer: Sophie Laplane

Two young people discover each other as they explore a labyrinthine and derelict Glasgow swimming pool.


International Shorts 2

Awards Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016Being and Nothingness

(Canada, 2016) 8:29
Director: Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla
Choreographer: Guillaume Côté
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A reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy. Featuring National Ballet of Canada Prima Ballerina Greta Hodgkinson.


International Shorts 3

Award Winners, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Personal PronounsPersonal Pronouns

(Slovakia, 2016) 15:27
Director: Andrea Sudorova
Choreographer: Jan Sevcik
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A cinematic poem about the many faces of love.


International Shorts 4

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Separate SentencesSeparate Sentences

(USA, 2016) 15:00
Director: Austin Forbord, Amie Dowling
Choreographer: Amie Dowling, Natalie Greene

Dance/theater film that addresses the cycle of incarceration in families by drawing upon individual experiences and physical memories of a cast of formerly incarcerated men and their sons.


Co-Laboratory Films + Local Shorts

Award WinnersFluidity

(USA, 2016) 3:34
Director: Syra McCarthy
Choreographer: Joseph Gapasin

Nothing is ever static.