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


SFDFF Co-Presents Mr. Gaga


SFDFF is pleased to Co-present Mr. Gaga at the Jewish Film Festival.

Inspiring and tough, charismatic yet prickly, Ohad Naharin is Mr. Gaga, Israel’s rock star choreographer and the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Raised on a kibbutz in the 1950s and only receiving his first formal training at the age of 22, Naharin is a larger-than-life, picaresque hero, whose biography resembles a Who’s Who of modern dance. Naharin invented his own playful and exploratory style of movement called Gaga and returned to Israel where he went on to create some of the most provocative and physically demanding choreography of the 21st century. Mr. Gaga is a fascinating look at the life and work of one of the most unconventional figures in the contemporary world of dance. More Info

Mr. Gaga

Directed by Tomer Heymann
(Israel, 2015) 95min
Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 11:30 AM – Castro Theater
Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 11:30 AM – Roda Theater

SFDFF receives 2016 Isadora Duncan "Izzie" Award

SFDFF Receives 2016 Izzie Award


SFDFF is proud to announce its selection as a Special Award Honoree for the 2016 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. The ceremony was held March 21 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, known locally as the “Izzies,” are awarded annually to acknowledge exceptional creative achievements in the performance and presentation of dance. Awards are given in nine categories to honor the dancers, choreographers, designers, composers, dance companies, dance scholars and other individuals who have made important contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving dance community. Read More.

SFDFF receives 2016 Isadora Duncan "Izzie" Award