Max Cauthorn joins post-screening discussion

Max Cauthorn joins post-screening discussion at SFDFFWhat is it like to pursue a dream to be a professional dancer? What sacrifices are made, and what role does a mentor play in helping a young student become a professional dancer? Max Cauthorn who recently joined the company at San Francisco Ballet after intensive training at the San Francisco Ballet School with be joining the post-screening discussion of THE DANCER. More Info>>

SFDFF presents Lords of BSV at Docfest 2015

Lords of BSV screening at Docfest

SFDFF & Docfest present "Lords of BSV"

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn is the birthplace of Brukup, a new dance form that has provided BSV members Blackie and Poba an escape from the streets. All they care about is dancing and working to keep kids off the streets by showing them how to turn anger into the art of dance. As fame is within their reach, with millions of hits on Youtube and TV production companies wanting to film their every glide, each member vows to live and die in Brooklyn. More Info>>


Saturday, June 6, 7:00pm
Roxie Theater

Monday, June 8, 7:00pm
Vogue Theater

Wednesday, June 17, 7:00pm
Roxie Theater

SFDFF presents Filmmaking Workshop with Ben Estabrook

Summer 2015 Filmmaking Workshop

SFDFF Presents: Summer 2015 Filmmaking Workshop

photo: Elena Zhukova, dancers: Michael Montgomery and Laura O’Malley

SFDFF presents a two-day screendance production workshop taught by local dance filmmaker Ben Estabrook. This workshop will guide students, through a hands-on approach, to investigate two different approaches to shooting dance film: structured vs. improvised. The workshop culminates with a film shoot that will give students the opportunity to apply both a structured and improvised methodology to shooting a set piece of choreography.

The students will prepare for the shoot by analyzing some of the field’s best works that exemplify either approach. They will also learn the different tools that a director has at her or his disposal to manipulate the camera such as a dolly and jib, affordable alternatives to the Steadicam, and new technologies that allow for dramatic aerial shots. Learn More>>

August 22 & 23 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Z-Lab in Zellerbach Hall Room 170, UC Berkeley Department of TDPS
Price: $250 General / $175 Students


SFDFF Co-presents Bestias Danzantes in Santiago, Chile

Co-Presentation in Chile

SFDFF Co-presents Bestias Danzantes in Santiago, Chile
SFDFF will be co-presenting a program of brilliant and diverse films from different parts of the world as part of Bestias Danzantes in Santiago, Chile. Check this link for info about the films that are going to be screened this Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9.

La Passion Noureev 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Free Public Screening 4/29

La Passion Noureev, 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

In celebration of International Dance Day and Bay Area National Dance Week, SFDFF will present highlights from our 2014 festival, including award-winning screendance shorts and La Passion Noureev, a documentary by Fabrice Herrault compiled from rare footage and interviews with iconic ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev in his prime.

Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 29, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Koret Auditorium
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California 94102

SFDFF Recommends: Ballet 422

SFDFF Recommends: Ballet 422

SFDFF Recommends: Ballet 422

From first rehearsal to world premiere, BALLET 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. BALLET 422 illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world’s great ballet companies.

Opens February 13, 2015

Opera Plaza Cinema
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, California 94102
Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704


SF IndieFest & SFDFF Co-Present

SF IndieFest & SFDFF Co-Present

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker David Collier and co-director Suzanne LaFetra have crafted a stirring, up-close documentary that follows a group of Oakland teens who find liberation and support through dance. These dynamic young people face the very real challenges of poverty, alienation, HIV, sexual abuse, and gang violence but are dedicated to telling the truth— even if it hurts. FREE captures their struggles as they turn the courage, determination, and stamina required in their daily lives into a contagious joy.

Plays with SFDFF’s award-winning short documentary STAND by Melanie D’Andrea

For program info and tickets, click here


February 7, 1:00 PM
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street, Oakland, California 94612

February 8 & 14, 12:30 PM
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94103

STAND, 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Krump Comprehensive Workshop

Krump Comprehensive Workshop at ODC, 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Saturday, November 8th 4:00-5:30pm at ODC. More Info>>

“Fudd” and “Krucial”, two of the leading Krumpers in LA, the root city of KRUMP, will teach a comprehensive workshop that breaks down the 4 basics as well as “labbing” (development of movements building upon each other), character development (harsh, feminine, etc.), and the incorporation of other dance styles. After a performance by Fudd and Krucial, there will be a short discussion about the historic and dance roots of KRUMP. These roots demonstrate the creation of KRUMP’s well-known cathartic release, called “The Get Off”.

Following class, students can join the Krumpers on a walk through the Mission to enjoy the screening of their film STAND at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival at the Brava Theater Center at 7:30pm.