UC Berkeley Dance And Film Course

Moving Images: Dance and Film

Interested in learning more about the history of dance-based films? SFDFF Artistic Director Greta Schoenberg and 2013 Co-Laboratory filmmaker John Haptas will be guest lecturers this fall at Kathryn Roszak’s course, Moving Images, Dance and Film, offered at UC Berkeley. More Info>>







SFDFF Co-Presents Trash Dance

Trash Dance Film PosterSFDFF is pleased to co-present the screening of Trash Dance as part of SF DocFest. Choreographer Allison Orr joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.” Screens with Bookin’More Info>>

Roxie Theater
Saturday, June 14 | 4:45 pm & Thursday, June 19 | 7:00 pm


West Coast Premiere

Vivian at Barre

Join SFDFF, in association with San Francisco Ballet and Ballet San Jose, on Wednesday, May 14 for the West Coast premier of Secundaria. For more information about the film, read the Huffington Post REVIEW.

A film by Mary Jane Doherty

Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco 94115 | MAP
Wednesday, May 14 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
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All That Jazz

All That Jazz at SF International Film Festival

All That Jazz

SFDFF co-presents All That Jazz as part of the SF International Film Festival, which returns April 25-May 9. Roy Scheider stands in for writer/director Bob Fosse in Fosse’s dazzling, self-lacerating and clearly autobiographical musical, a Best Picture nominee about a celebrated choreographer/director who fantasizes about his mortality as he juggles his many women, the edit of a movie and rehearsals for a new stage production. Read More>>

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Sundance Kabuki Cinema
Sunday, April 27 | 12:30 pm

Friday, May 2 | 8:30 pm

History of Dance on Screen

Free Screening

In honor of Bay Area National Dance Week, San Francisco Public Library in partnership with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to screen the dance documentary A History of Dance on Screen by Reiner Moritz. After a brief intermission we will show an eclectic selection of screendance shorts from SFDFF’s 2013 festival.

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco 94102 | MAP
Saturday, April 26 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | Free Admission



Cinematheque Dance Film Screening

Jeremy Moss: Chroma

Jeremy Moss: Chroma

San Francisco Cinematheque, in association with SFDFF, presents the world premieres of two dance films, Pull/Drift by Margaret Rorison (with performance by The Effervescent Collective) and That Dizzying Crest by Jeremy Moss, with choreography and performance by Pamela Vail of collaborative dance group, The Architects. In addition, this program will include Moss’ Chroma and other films. More Information>>

San Francisco Cinematheque

CROSSROADS 2014 Program 5
intimate immensities: ritual takes form and my beating heart bounds with exulting motion

Victoria Theater
2961 16th Street, San Francisco 94103
Saturday, April 5 | 3:00 pm.


SFDFF Receives Goldies Award


San Francisco Dance Film Festival is honored to receive a 2014 Goldie Award from the SF Bay Guardian. Goldies (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) winners are selected by a group of SF Bay Guardian editors and contributors to award work that stands out for being provocative, influential, inspiring, and even awe-inspiring.

25th Annual Goldies Awards
Friday February 21, 2014, 8:00-11:00 pm.
Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom Street, San Francisco

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Co-Laboratory Funding Announced

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation

SFDFF is delighted to announce the receipt of a $20,000 grant from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation to help support the second round of the Co-Laboratory. This “laboratory” is an opportunity for three teams of local artists — professional filmmakers, choreographers, dancers and composers — to create three short dance films in one week. The final results will be screened at our festival and also submitted to other festivals around the world. More>>



And The Winner Is…

If you saw even a fraction of the films at the Festival you will appreciate that choosing a winner is truly a challenge. But the Jury took on this difficult job and now we have our winners:

Best Film Award ($5,000)
Best Documentary


282_The Six Seasons (c) Gilles DelmasThe Six Seasons

(FRANCE, 2012) 51min
Director: Gilles Delamas
Choreographer: Akram Khan

The Six Seasons successfully integrates the dance and narrative content highlighting personal, cultural geographical and artistic worlds. The use of original music and digital effects completes the vision.
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Best Student Film Award ($2,000)
Best Category C2 — Screendance Films Up To 15 Minutes



166_Momentum (c) Aline ReinsbachMomentum

(GERMANY, 2012) 7min
Director: Boris Seewald
Choreography: Boris Seewald

Inventive, original, honest, and witty, Momentum has great energy and refreshes the genre with youthful vigor. Seewald demonstrates a confident use of the film medium to convey the power and depth of the dance experience. View Film

Best Category A — Live Performance Relay



003_C(H)OEURS (c) Javier del RealC(H)OEURS

(GERMANY/SPAIN, 2012) 100min
Director: Andreas Morell
Choreographer: Alain Platel

C(h)oeurs recreates the qualities of the live performance, capturing the essence of the theatrical experience. Through all levels of production, the film demonstrates unflinching commitment to the integrity of the work.

Best Category B — Camera Rework



043_How Like An Angel (c) Danny HigginsHow Like An Angel

(UK/AUSTRALIA, 2012) 47min
Director: Robert Hollingworth, Yaron Lifschitz, Circa

How Like An Angel is an inspired and original work that combines movement, light, camera and location to create a poetic and powerful vision. It is a mature work that creates a lasting resonance.

Best Category C1 — Screendance Films Up To 5 Minutes



105_Written in the Margins (c) RJ MunaWritten in the Margins

(USA, 2012) 4min
Director: RJ Muna
Choreography: Wendy Rein, Ryan T. Smith

Written In The Margins is a minimalist work that is choreographed in the editing room as much as in the studio. It is concise, sophisticated and well crafted.

Best Category C3 — Screendance Films Longer Than 15 Minutes




(AUSTRIA/SLOVAKIA, 2010) 19min
Director: Peter Bebjak
Choreography: Yuri Korec, Helene Weinzierl

Cinematic in its vision, Voices tells a difficult story through the body, which is minutely choreographed in a confined space. The director draws sensitive screen performances from the dancers, which lead the viewers into their internal world.

Jury members

Jury members: (left to right: Lynette Kessler, William Trevitt, Muriel Maffre, Michael Nunn, Ellen Bromberg). Photo by Michelle Iki

Jury members: (left to right: Lynette Kessler, William Trevitt, Muriel Maffre, Michael Nunn, Ellen Bromberg). Photo by Michelle Iki

IMZ Proctors

Astrid Hafner–Auinger
Katharina Jeschke