International edition taking place 14 – 18 March in EYE

Cinedans – Dance on Screen Festival is an international festival celebrating dance films. Alongside a film programme of about 80 short and long international films and documentaries, Cinedans presents installations, lectures, network events and performances. The festival does not only show special dance films, but acts as a platform for reflection on the genre. Screenings are followed by Q&As with the filmmakers and workshops are being hosted by dance film professionals.

The backbone of the 15th edition of Cinedans is the international Shorts Competition. 41 shorts from all over the world compete for our Cinedans Awards, which will be announced at the Best Of screening on Sunday, March 18. Awarded prices include € 5.000,- for Best Dance Film and € 1.000,- for the second price. Selected dance films vary from classical ballet to urban jookin, from traditional Indian dance to performance art.

Dance shorts premiering at Cinedans include: Downhill by Swiss choreographer Andrea Boll and cameraman Chris Fawcett, Pilgrimage by Canadian filmmakers Marlene Miller and Philip Szporer, Bhairava featuring world famous Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa, Home by director and choreographer Miloushka Bokma, Time Subjectives in Objective Times by Finish director Kati Kallio, Recycle Project by Taiwanese director and choreographer Hsiao Yin Peng and the newest film of UK director Andrew Margetson with jookin legend Lil Buck.

On March 15, Cinedans is proud to present the premiere of a documentary about the unchallenged master of minimal dance: Een uitzinnige beheersing – Leven en dans van Krisztina de Châtel. Filmmakers Manon Lichtveld and Bas Westerhof traveled to Krisztina de Châtel’s birthplace Budapest to find the source of her ‘uncontrollable restraint’. Another premiering documentary is Gulliver, een reus in de Bijlmer, about an innovative educational project by choreographer Susanne Marx in collaboration with ICK Amsterdam. Additionally, Cinedans is proud to be showing Reset and Surrender. Reset follows choreographer Benjamin Millepied in the creation of his first (and last) choreography as artistic director of the prestigious Opera Ballet in Paris. Surrender is a documentary by creative director and photographer Phil Griffin. He followed artist Jan Fabre in the intense creative process of one of the most radical contemporary theater projects: Mount Olympus: To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy.

Following up on five editions of Point Taken, Mediafonds, NTR, Cinedans and the Nederlands Filmfonds initiated De Wolf Danst!. This interdisciplinary dance film project combines an artistically innovative documentary (40’) with a related, but independent dance film (10’). The four selected projects wil premiere on Sunday, March 18 simultaneously in three cinemas in EYE, before they will be broadcasted on national TV.

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