Make sure to mark your calendars for the 11th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival, October 18 - 25.
Miss any of our previous Digial Season screenings? Not to worry, check out any of our past events like Raising Voices, Solo Settings, or An Evening with Post:Ballet on our Digital Season page.
Welcome to Dance Film SF
Founded in 2010, Dance Film SF is a nonprofit organization that brings dance to new audiences through the presentation and development of dance-based media. In addition to presenting the award-winning San Francisco Dance Film Festival, DFSF’s year-round activities include special screenings, panels, and filmmaking workshops. Through our touring and outreach programs, we send highlight reels to international screens and dance media into local schools. DFSF also produces original dance films through our Co-Laboratory program, matching top choreographers with professional filmmakers and creating the time, space, and budget for them to collaborate.
Join us for our 11th annual Festival, bringing together over 75 dance films from around the world. Streaming online wherever you are October 18-25 through Marquee TV. With our twelve programs of feature length films and curated collections of shorts from around the globe , we are honored to present a lineup that reflects this unique moment in time as well as providing new insights to stories about people and places we thought we knew. VIEW 2020 PROGRAMS
Festival Content Spotlight
In Conversation With Chita Rivera
Join us for a chat with the one and only Chita Rivera! We were so pleased to interview her on our festival-opening red carpet and are thrilled to now share the full video with the public. Rivera appeared in three SFDFF 2020 documentaries: Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon, and Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance.
Benjamin Freemantle Performance Video
One of the highlights of SFDFF 2020 was our special screening of the Finding Me shorts program at Catharine Clark Gallery featuring a performance by San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Benjamin Freemantle. In this video, go behind the scenes of the evening and watch his full performance! Video by Freely Mad
2020 Festival Award Winners
2020 Award Winners
We’re truly thrilled to share the award winners for our 2020 Festival! Our independent award jury selected winners in each of the following categories. As this announcement comes on the last day of the festival, you still have until 11:59pm PST tonight (Sunday) to watch the award winners and all other films! We’ve discounted our festival pass to for the final day of the festival. Book now and enjoy!
In 2019 the SF Dance Film Festival introduced its first Embodiment award to acknowledge the achievements and influence of artists or organizations who have significantly contributed to the diverse, rich and interconnected community of dance and filmmaking. SFDFF is pleased to give the 2020 Embodiment Award to YAK Films for their significant role in bringing worldwide recognition to street dance.
Artists bring people together, no matter the art form. From live dance, to concerts, theater, and film screenings, people gather to experience the power and hope of artistic expression. Under the current crisis, these experiences are painfully disrupted. Yet, with your help, we at Dance Film SF are determined to weather the storm and continue to find unique ways to bring people together to celebrate the beauty and power of dance through film. Please donate now—we need your help more than ever to help keep us afloat as we prepare for an exciting 2020 fall festival.
2020 Festival Trailer
SFDFF is pleased to give the 2020 Embodiment Award to YAK Films for their significant role in bringing worldwide recognition and appreciation of street dance to the larger cultural landscape.
We are pleased to present the awards for the 11th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. The six awards were chosen by a group of independent jury members.
To enhance our fantastic lineup of films, we’ve created signature talks to accompany select programs. Join hoofer Jason Samuels Smith, the creative teams behind Revisor, Uprooted and more!
Join us for our 11th annual Festival, bringing together over 75 dance films from around the world. Streaming online wherever you are October 18-25 through Marquee TV. Learn more about
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