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Submissions Open Feb 1, 2018

Submissions for the 2018 festival will reopen on February 1. SFDFF will be announcing expanded entry categories and will once again be offering cash award prizes. Check back in early January for complete details.

2015 Filmmaking Workshop, presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival

2017 Screendance Workshop

With Ben Estabrook at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center

The goal of the six week workshop is to expand the students’ ideas of what is possible with screendance and to develop their unique voice as a dance filmmaker. Primarily, we will focus on how to formulate a concept for a dance film and how to plan for translating that vision to film. Given that the students will all come from a background in dance with varying degrees of knowledge of filmmaking, the workshop will establish a basic foundation of film theory and terminology to give the students a better understanding of how the medium of film works. Throughout the workshop, students will participate in hands-on exercises with the camera to develop a better understanding of how the camera sees dance and how to creatively exploit its unique perspective. We will also analyze seminal works of the field that highlight directing and editing choices that manipulate time and space in ways that illustrate what is possible with film. Students will learn how to communicate with filmmakers, and we will discuss strategies for building successful collaborations with filmmakers.

Experience with video production is not required. Student must have access to a still camera and video camera (can be a smartphone in both cases) and a way to edit video (iMovie or equivalent). Weekly assignments will require time outside of class to complete.

Click here to find out more about the 2017 Screendance Workshop at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center.

Saturdays, November 4 – December 16, 2017 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, 26 Seventh Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco

Price: $175 | REGISTER NOW


Live Performance Capture Films

For the first time, SFDFF has designated a special venue to screen live performance capture films. Alexander Ekman’s “Swan Lake” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the Dutch National Ballet’s “Mata Hari” and “The Ninth Symphony by Maurice Bejart” will all be screened on Saturday, October 21. More Info.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Location: Variety Club Preview Room, 582 Market Street | Suite 101 | San Francisco | CA | 94104

SFDFF Presents: Summer 2015 Filmmaking Workshop

Dance Film Class at UC Berkeley

SFDFF Presents: Summer 2015 Filmmaking Workshop

photo: Aleksey Bochkovsky

SFDFF Tech Director Ben Estabrook will be teaching a new class called “Film Production for Dance and Movement” at UC Berkeley this summer. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of filmmaking techniques with a focus on screendance. By the end of this hands-on class, students will have created a short dance film using the provided video production equipment and editing facilities. Previous video production experience and enrollment in a university or college are not required. More Info

July 17 – August 4, 2017

MTWTF 9:00AM–12:00PM and 1:00PM–4:00PM
Location: UC Berkeley


SFDFF presents Filmmaking Workshop with Ben Estabrook

photo: Elena Zhukova


Dances for Camera 2017


In celebration of International Dance Day and Bay Area National Dance Week, SFDFF and San Francisco Public Library presented highlights from the 2016 festival with films by bay-area filmmakers followed by the documentary Kick Ball Change, which offers a window into the creative, crazy, and inspiring mind of Maxim Kozhevnikov, five-time professional world champion in latin ballroom dance. More Info>>

SFDFF Presents, Alive and Kicking Special Screening

Alive and Kicking Screening

SFDFF Presents, Alive and Kicking Special Screening

To all our Lindy Hoppers and swing dance fans, please join us for a wonderful evening watching one of the most infectiously fun and informative films you’ll see on the culture of the current swing dance world. There’s no way the viewer can keep still or not feel the joy of Susan Glatzer’s film Alive & Kicking.

Come dressed in your favorite outfits as we’ll give out prizes for best outfits, shoes and poses – we’ll have a photographer on site.

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Tuesday, April 4 | 8:00 – 10:00pm

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco


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The Running Tongue SFDFF

The Running Tongue at Catharine Clark Gallery

The Running Tongue SFDFF

SFDFF expands its festival reach by partnering with Catharine Clark Gallery. SFDFF’s presentation of the film installation The Running Tongue from UK Choreographer Siobhan Davies and Filmmaker David Hinton, is part of BOX BLUR | Dance, Word and Performance in Concert with Kambui Olujimi’s What Endures, an ambitious gathering of artists and dance organizations curated by Catharine Clark celebrating dance.

Read more about the entire BOX BLUR exhibition and participants.

Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom

SFDFF Festival Fundraising Kick Off

SFDFF Festival Kick Off

SFDFF will kick off the 2016 festival with the U.S. premier of Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom. This close-focus dramatized documentary tells the extraordinary story of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West at the height of the Cold War. Filmed in St. Petersburg and Paris, the film is narrated by those involved in the events, including first-time testimony from key participants, and includes performance re-enactments by Bolshoi star Artem Ovcharenko.

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Also on the program is In the Countenance of Kings, a short film adaptation of Justin Peck’s new work for San Francisco Ballet.

Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom

Directed by Richard Curson-Smith
(UK, 2015) 90 min
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue