HIGHLIGHTS: October 2022 DANCE Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: UNTIL DOWN
Best Documentary Feature: ON GUARD: A Story of American Youth
Best DOC Short: PIGMENTS: DOWN BY THE BAYOU
Best Short Form Short Film: PICTORIAL WAY
Best Long Form Short Film: CANA
Best Performances: PRIMORDIAL
Best Direction: BE STILL
Best Cinematography: BO|U|NDS
Best Sound & Music: a place we go, together
Best Nature: ARRIVAL BY HORSE
Best Production Design: REMAIN
Best Experimental: THE CELL

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

UNTIL DOWN, 73min., Spain, Dance
Directed by Horacio Alcala
Behind the scenes we are witnesses to Giselle’s misery: she sees her interior self broken and falling into a lonely and eternal dance that leads her to madness and death. She then descends to the underworld, leaving her soul forever dark in the eternal night.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


ON GUARD: A Story of American Youth., 92min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Randal Allen Otto
On Guard is a coming of age story as told through the eyes of five teenage women of color growing up in an era unlike any other.
Set in the border city of El Paso, TX – a region thrust into the forefront of political issues plaguing the nation – the film takes viewers into the hierarchal hallways of Bel Air High School where a determined, all-female team of students are brought together by their passion for the unheralded, All-American sport of Color Guard.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


REVERIE, 9min., USA, Dance
Directed by Brian Bowers
The past can be an unreliable narrator, and the future is simply a shifting reflection of where we are right now. Driven by choreographed movement, original music and sound, REVERIE is an experimental visual narrative that seeks to question and explore. An ensemble dance casts guides us through the delicately narrated introspective, inner dialogue that an emerging artist is having with time itself. Is it true, what they say, that life is but a dream

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


a place we go, together, 12min., UK, Dance
Directed by Danielle Jones, Jaka Škapin
Bringing visibility to the artistry of dancers with Parkinson’s through an intimate and jubilant look at life, the body, and the domestic space.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


REMAIN, 3min., New Zealand, Dance
Directed by Kit Reilly
“Remain” explores themes of solitude and subtlety within the naked body. It exists in an abandoned space where small shifts in movement create tides of energy that swell and reignite a sense of hope. This project was self filmed during a Covid-19 lockdown and is part of the 9 part dance film series “Turbulent Kingdoms.”

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PICTORIAL WAY, 3min., France, Dance
Directed by Laura Bonnefous
To give life by color, to make live the bodies and their emotions is the stake of this poetic and dreamlike film.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BE STILL, 5min., USA, Dance
Directed by Nicole Manoochehri
An improvised dance film in collaboration with dancer Mélissa Guérin-Torres, Paris-based composer Arnaud Drieu and award-winning cinematographer Steven Fadellin.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PRIMORDIAL, 4min., USA, Dance
Directed by Madison VanDerLinde
A movement based film depicting the love story between Life and Death. Unable to be together, Life and Death send each other gifts, humans, to express their love for one another. An explanation for existence on Earth.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


CANA, 14min., USA, Dance
Directed by Ana Maria Alvarez
This film is an investigation of movement within a natural landscape, of rich textures and textiles in motion, and of the mystery of ritual. It provides a window into a private world of a group of women, dancing together unselfconsciously among natural landscapes and dressed in lusciously colored textiles. Throughout the film, sugar cane is ripped, bitten, and swung about as a meditation on this indulgent substance—echoing themes of vice and virtue.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PIGMENTS: DOWN BY THE BAYOU, 8min., USA, Dance
Directed by Dawn Richard
Pigments is accompanied by a short film that features the dance students of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and was helmed by Richard and her longtime collaborator Monty Marsh. For her directorial debut, Richard intentionally casted students who had builds, skin tones, or hairstyles that might seem “unconventional” to most prestigious dance companies. She then allowed each dancer to select the piece that spoke most to them, and filmed their performances with an all-local crew.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BO|U|NDS, 5min., France, Dance
Directed by Emeline Rochefeuille, Jakub Jakooubek
A short story about breaking out of constrictions, a never-ending quest of self-expansion. Our perception of Love, entwined with the values of curiosity, courage and connection to others…freedom.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE CELL, 22min., Taiwan, Dance
Directed by Po Cheng Tsai, Meng Hsueh Ho
In The Cell , Po-Cheng Tsai and the tanzmainz ensemble dedicate himself to the many facets of a single personality. A cell can be a prison, but it can also be the beginning of a great whole. A cell has all potentials, destructive as well as creative. And it can be a

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


ARRIVAL BY HORSE, 12min., UK, Dance/Documentary
Directed by Robyn Pete
A dancer finds herself in a new practice – with horses. This film documents her process as she finds her authentic self through equine facilitated therapy.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


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