Photo by Brad Bethell
Dancer Jan Ravnik
Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival is an annual festival featuring dance films that are under ten minutes. Mission: Gathering creators and lovers of screendance in one place to celebrate dance film and inspire each other.
Photo by Brad Bethell
Dancer Jan Ravnik
It was so good meeting some of the L.A. local filmmakers on Sunday. ☕️ Thanks for stopping by our socially distant Meet & Greet!
Thank you to our partners this year @maidenseedoils Baobab Body Oil ~ Small Shop ~ Hand Poured in L.A. Maiden Seed
@laurieshapiroart Mixed Media & Installation Artist ~ check out her virtual exhibition!
@oneelementcandle Natural Coconut Wax Candles ~ Custom Orders
@performativepopups One of a kind performances in unique locations.
WAKE won the Audience Choice Award for Program 2!
Congratulations @katiebeardfilm & @naomigturner @lemoonproductions
Dreams of Waking won the Audience Choice Award for Program 1!
Congratulations @aericmg & @tatianazamir ! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
Thank you to everyone who attended our 4th annual film fest! It was so amazing to share a total of 34 films to an audience that we normally would not be able to reach! We had 27 countries viewing our virtual fest. Such a unique experience as organizers! Thank you again!
One more virtual applause to all of the filmmakers for creating dance films for us to enjoy! 👏
Our group photo looks a little different this year!
It was an honor and an inspiration to listen to the participating filmmakers during our two Zoom Q&A sessions.
Thank you for joining us from all around the world!
Jennifer Akalina Petuch
Can Heinrich Toepffer
Ilana Peterman Brasil
Attending a film festival during a pandemic!
Thank you for sharing videos and photos of you watching @ladanceshortsfilmfest from home!
We saved them in our Instagram story highlights! It was so wonderful to have a sense of togetherness during these times. 💕
Thanks for sharing this creative video @shelleysillerdance ! 😄
Posted @withregram • @shelleysillerdance Really enjoyed walking five feet on the beige carpet to the premiere of #ladanceshorts2020!! 😂 Thank you so much @ladanceshortsfilmfest for curating these inspiring films, and for making this ART accessible to everyone at home during this creative DROUGHT!!! We can’t thank you enough!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
A virtual round of applause to the Program 2 filmmakers 👏👏👏
Thank you to all that attended Program 2! 💗
We are looking forward to closing our film festival weekend with a Q&A over Zoom @ 2 pm! 💻 🎉
BTS photo of She (Program 2)
Directed by @adelethomas_photo
Thank you to everyone who attended
Program 1 yesterday! 💗
A virtual round of applause to the filmmakers! 👏👏👏
We are looking forward to another day of great films as well as a Zoom Q&A @ 2 pm with the filmmakers from yesterday’s Screening. Links for both in our bio!
BTS photo of Alive (Program 1)
Directed by @cldorson
Today and Tomorrow! Yay! 🎉🕺
Thanks Dance Informa!
The fourth annual Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival, starting today November 13 until the 15th, features 34 international films, all for free and available virtually.
Find out more ⬇️
We are live! 🎉🕺
We hope that you enjoy our virtual programs! 💻📱📺📽
The screenings will be available all day for your convenience. If you would like to attend... Please go check out the links in our bio for free tickets.
Thanks for the image @susanwormley
2020 Official Selection - Control
To dance. To control another self-image of being lonely and vulnerable.
But Such a figure also comes to accept itself. To control oneself from time to time by dancing.
Wouldn't it be possible to move on with it?
It'll be alright if you just laugh. I was going to say, "Tomorrow will be fine." But I don't think I actually knew that solitude had become a host and was encroaching on me. When you find yourself feeling numb and numb gradually. I was even afraid that I couldn't do it anymore. Someday this feeling may swallow me up.
I think we should avoid this feeling of loneliness and not suppress it. Because human beings have this sense of solitude. And even this, I feel beautiful. Some of the things we're most attracted to are us.
There's something similar, something empty, something that's missing, something that's broken. a lonely ball that follows us.
These feelings of falsehood make us stronger, make us art, make us small.
It's like making you dance.
I'm the host of solitude, and I really sleep.
I hope you can control.
Directed by @saemi.kwak
2020 Official Selection - Atena/Nets
ATENA/NETS is a site-specific contemporary dance set in Jamestown, a traditional fishing community in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Rising stars in Ghana’s dance community, Julius Yaw Quansah and Sena Atsugah are enmeshed in the challenges of daily life. Drawing from Ghanaian customs and traditions, they cast a wide net, remaking their world. The soundtrack for ATENA/NETS was created by the New Global Ensemble, a collaboration of artists from the USA, Germany, and Ghana.
Directed by Mark Freeman
We always love a good BTS video! 🎥
Take a look at the making of dance film “She” Directed by Adele Thomas
Our 4th annual film fest starts this Friday! Yay!
Behind the scenes of She Credit: Marshal Chuppa Based on the goddess myth Inanna, 'She' is a short dance piece of the heroine’s journey to truth. Music…
2020 Official Selection - Teorema
Teorema means Theorem, an ancient greek word that means “meditation.”
Theorem also means "what you look at” and it is precisely through the act of observing the history of art that twelve dancers from 18 to 24 years old have created an intimate relationship between them and the space in which they were immersed. We tried to represent, together with choreographer Julie Bour, the uniqueness and expressive strength of every dancer, each with his/her own stylistic and expressive identity.
Directed by @massimiliano_bomba @calartsdance California Institute of the Arts
This Week! 🎉🕺
Virtual Film Fest Nov 13th-15th!
Get cozy on your sofa and enjoy our 2020 program!
Register for 2 Screenings! Free and available all day for your convenience! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/los-angeles-dance-shorts-film-festival-13815352219
🎞 Trailer by @miaorozco
Films featured in trailer
Underground by @junbaex @prizmvision
Making Men @antoinepanier
WEARNHEM @berto.villanueva @jurrienschobben @wearnhem
2020 Official Selection - Alive
A laundromat worker wishes there was more to her life, so she pictures herself dancing without inhibition throughout her day.
Directed by @cldorson Carissa Dorson
2020 Official Selection - A Hard day’s night
This film is a two-way street between architecture and modern dance. It was shot in the very famous Jean Daladier abandoned houses in Burgundy, France with the wonderful dancer and choreographer Thibaut Eiferman, former member of the Batsheva dance company in Tel Aviv.
This piece is about the containment, it's a story of isolation, the temptation to live in this condition and the strong will to extract from it. This is an introspective story through dancing that leads to a luminous ending.
Directed by @benjaminhoffman @mathieumondoulet
Dancer & Choreographer @thibauteiferman
2020 Official Selection - OLHE-SE (Look at Yourself)
Olhe-se (Look at Yourself) is a watercolor animation of female moves of funk carioca rhythm. The artist got in touch with the universe of homemade dance tutorials in Youtube, which teach variations of the so-called "quadradinho" move, and are now part of the pandemic activities, for the search of new expressions and body abilities – so as the extenuating work in handicraft animation. In times of isolation, working through the internet became an adaptation in the artist's process, who, until then, created animations from her own filmed footage. By looking at themselves, women can feel their potency in art, dance, and painting, and share what they know with other women, all connected through the ancestral drum of funk. By @ilanapatermanbrasil
2020 Official Selection - Collective Loss
“Collective Loss” was created from an awareness that we have all had something taken away during the Covid-19 pandemic… we are all processing a loss. This could be a paycheck, stability, a wedding, graduation, mental wellbeing, or an individual - be it from distance or death. This film explores the notion that while we are all impacted in different ways, it is okay to mourn, and to admit that something has been taken from you.
Directed by Alyssa Thompson
@lyssala_ & @lukeknezevic
New this year! We’ve added a couple of things to make this year’s Virtual Film Fest interactive!
Vote for your favorite film after the screenings on Nov 13th & 14th! One “Audience Choice Award” will be given per screening. The winner will receive $100!
Register for a weekend of 34 amazing films from around the world! FREE to watch and available by video on demand. Link in bio @ladanceshortsfilmfest
2020 Official Selection - Traces
A room, two strangers and a relationship between fantasy and reality. Directed by Alex Murrull @yaqdistribucion
2020 Official Selection - daydreaming
Imagination is set adrift among cityscapes and clouds in this film that combines dance, animation and time-lapse photography.
Directed by @petelitwinowicz
2020 Official Selection - Røtter
Speaking through gesture, a dancer falls back into the land she grew from.
Directed by @dopevibrations Raven Jackson
Concept, Choreographer & Dancer @henrikkesandeboger
Cinematographer & Editor @felipevaraderey
2020 Official Selection - Burden
"Burden is an excerpt within the feature-length film project Kapsule, created and directed by multi-hyphenate movement and visual artist Lawrence Fung. Fung's in-depth research on environmental psychology and perception has led him to investigate his movement practice in relation to the vast variety of landscapes that he has experienced throughout his travels. The Burden chapter explores American psychologist Harold Proshansky's Theory of Place Identity as an attempt for Fung to reflect upon his past and worldview of a teenager living in the fast-paced, concrete jungles of Hong Kong. The film was shot and reimagined in the streets of Toronto and its mood was inspired by the Matrix (1999) where civilization is blindly controlled and manipulated by a hidden force and a selected group of individuals glitch to find an alternative. Will they prevail or succumb to the status quo?" Directed by @krakenstillandfilm
This Month!!! Happy to offer this for FREE this year and super excited to reach a global audience! The link to register is in our bio @ladanceshortsfilmfest 🍿
2020 Official Selection - Golden
In GOLDEN, a woman discovers, after years of domesticity, that her emotional and sexual vibrancy are as powerful as ever. As dream-like sequences reveal the self she has been and the self that she can become, her musings lead to a passionate self-declaration. Directed by Kate Mitchell @katemitchell9259
2020 Official Selection - For The Time Being
"For the Time Being" is a film shot in the Portland Rose Test Garden over the course of a year as three friends experience the four seasons moving backward and forward in time. An exploration of our relationship to nature and our place in the world, the trio moves through the process of sleep, awakening, discovery and decline among the stalwart trees and shedding roses of the Pacific Northwest.
Directed by Heidi Duckler @hdd_nw heidi duckler dance
Dancers @heidi.duckler @sleepytut @whatihadheardwas
2020 Official Selection - Between the Lines
An individual finds herself in isolation and navigates internal barriers while searching for an exit. Directed by @terranova_dance Jen Guy Metcalf
2020 Official Selection - NILYNDA
NILYNDA, Andy Lin in reverse, is a short dance film about gender identification. As humans, we are constantly confronted of being categorized and stereotyped. Many factors play an importance when it comes to identity. In this film, you see the beauty and strength of a young man who tries to find his place in a world of 7 billion humans. Directed by @jillcrovisier
Awesome! Thanks, Dance Informa for featuring our festival! We are so excited to have viewers from around the world watching from home this year! https://www.danceinforma.com/2020/10/27/enjoy-la-dance-shorts-film-festival-from-the-comfort-of-your-home/
The Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival will be offered for free and virtually from November 13-15, and will feature 34 films.
2020 Official Selection - BEEHIVE (do you want me to bee)
Beehive aims at focusing on the critical part bees plays in the biosphere as a deeply interconnected system. As pollinators, the bees make every sort of flowers and trees grow. Without them we are all lost. In a rocky and steep beehive two worker bees do not dance their lives away; quite the opposite, their hectic buzz raises cries – and moves – of alarm. The dancer bodies, transfigured into alien though intimate creatures of our imagination, dialogue in flying, express power, vital energy, inscrutable beauty and rage against human blindness. Eventually they scatter pollen as if they’d scatter seeds of life and conscience regeneration. It is sharp and insightful visual suggestion, bursting with energy and hope for a better future, accompanied by the razor-sharp use of natural and artificial lights and a soundtrack that gives rhythm to the bee-dancer bodies as the very beating heart of our fragile world.
Directed by Luigi Coppola
LINEAdARIA Contemporary Vertical Dance -
2020 Official Selection - She
Based on the goddess myth Inanna, 'She' is a short dance piece of a heroine’s journey to truth. We follow along as a young woman enters into the dark underworld where she must first face her own shadows... before being truly free. And just as the goddess Inanna had to strip away the layers of her ego, so too must She. In this short film, a blend of dance and cinematography are used to tell the modern tale of Inanna.
Directed by @adelethomas_photo Adele Thomas
2020 Official Selection - The Sum Of All Parts
A playful short dance film connecting five dancers through geometry and geometric patterns creating a dynamic moiré effect.
A dance performance has inherent physical limitations, which choreographer Lukas Timulak and designer Peter Bilak try to overcome in their playful short dance film for five dancers, where they create a tiny dance performance specifically for the screens, creating a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts with the use of geometry and geometric patterns.
Directed by Lukas Timulak & Peter Bilak
Make Move Think
2020 Official Selection - Y’U, had things to do in the other world
“I am vertical. But I would rather be horizontal. I am not a tree with my root in the soil Sucking up minerals and motherly love. ” - Sylvia Plath
A woman traces her own death and has delusions within her visceral rivers; her imaginary has no backbone. She longs for her own absorption back to earth, while rejoicing in the recognition of her essence within a dream world.
She does not know the reason for her desire ... Maybe it originated in her roots.
Directed by Joyce Islas, Mariana Fernández, Julio López & Sebastián Rojo
Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival is a festival featuring dance films that are under ten minutes. The First Annual Film Festival took place in Los Angeles, California in June of 2017. Mission: Gathering creators and lovers of screendance in one place to celebrate dance film and inspire each other.
Photo: Brad Bethell Dancer: Alina Bormotova