2017 Schedule

2017 Festival Schedule

Thursday, October 5, 6:00 PM
Thursday, October 5, 6:00 PM
Fundraiser Kick-Off
SFDFF invites you to join us in celebrating ABT principal dancer Marcelo Gomes and the west-coast premiere of Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer
Thursday, October 12, 4:00pm
Thursday, October 12, 4:00pm
Enter the Faun: Screening & Workshop
SFDFF partners with UCSF/Reel Abilities & the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science to present the documentary film Enter the Faun
Thursday, October 19, 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 19, 7:30 PM
Opening Night: International Shorts I
The festival opens with a selection of dynamic international shorts, featuring an exciting new crop of films that push the art form forward.
Friday, October 20, 3:00 PM
Friday, October 20, 3:00 PM
Discovering DV8's Nigel Charnock
UK filmmaker Graham Clayton-Chance presents, via Nigel Charnock’s personal archives, a journey through this influential artist’s life and daring works.
Friday, October 20, 4:30 PM
Friday, October 20, 4:30 PM
Body As Archive
Documentary film by Michael Maurissens based on research that considers ways in which the dancer’s body can be regarded as archive.
Friday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Friday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Fire and Ashes, Making the Ballet RAkU
World premiere of Fire and Ashes, Making the Ballet RAkU. The film illuminates the collaboration of great contemporary masters at the zenith of their careers.
Friday, October 20, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 20, 7:30 PM
In Search of Lost Time
In this collection of personal narratives, filmmakers explore the ephemeral nature of memory, finding the quiet spaces between life’s pivotal events.
Friday, October 20, 9:00 PM
Friday, October 20, 9:00 PM
Rebels on Pointe
The first-ever cinema verité documentary that intimately follows Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male, drag ballet company founded in 1974.
Saturday, October 21, 1:00 PM
Saturday, October 21, 1:00 PM
After You're Gone
A renowned ballet dancer discovers that he will soon lose the ability to walk. Before this happens, he sets out to choreograph a final ballet and reconcile his life.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1-8 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1-8 PM
Live Performance Captures
Variety Preview Room

SFDFF brings important new works from Europe to San Francisco for the first time. Includes work by Alexander Ekman, the Dutch National Ballet and Maurice Béjart.
Saturday, October 21, 1:30 PM
Saturday, October 21, 1:30 PM
Light
Dance, memory and music collide in a visual and aural landscape in this film about women propelled into the unknown who risk their lives and everything they have for freedom.
Saturday, October 21, 3:30 PM
Saturday, October 21, 3:30 PM
Documentary Shorts
Five documentary shorts in which people from around the world overcome obstacles, question social norms, and create new communities through dance.
Saturday, October 21, 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 21, 6:00 PM
Shorts II: Female Filmmakers
Shorts program dedicated to the work of female filmmakers. Features diverse films ranging from humorous to political, softly contemplative to highly athletic.
Saturday, October 21, 8:30 PM
Saturday, October 21, 8:30 PM
Shake the Dust
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones, this documentary pays tribute to the art of breakdancing and its influence on young people around the world.
Sunday, October 22, 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 22, 4:00 PM
Shorts III: Dancing the World
Ten films from ten countries bring dancers through urban streets, across architectural spaces, and deeper into their own physicality.
Sunday, October 22, 6:30 PM
Sunday, October 22, 6:30 PM
Closing Night: Local Shorts + CoLab Films + Festival Awards
The 2017 festival wraps with local shorts, premiere screenings of our two new Co-Laboratory films, and filmmaker awards.
September 9 – October 28
September 9 - October 28
Art/Experimental Films @ Catharine Clark Gallery
The Catharine Clark Gallery co-presents a program of visually playful and technologically experimental dance films that are well suited for a gallery experience.
OCTOBER 19 – OCTOBER 22
OCTOBER 19 – OCTOBER 22
Virtual Reality Experience Room
Immerse yourself in dance as you virtually step inside the frame with this exhibition of 360°/VR films.
October 19 – October 22
October 19 - October 22
Installation: Poetry of Motion
Installation of international films featuring poetic narratives, atmospheric moods, and cinematic visuals.