Over 300 shorts and features were submitted from 47 countries including Andorra, India, Iceland, Venezuela, USA, Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and many more. The pre-selection committee from IMZ and BalletBoyz viewed and shortlisted the whole submitted content to determine the films to be presented to the Final dancescreen-Jury.

All the dance films in competition will be screened during FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival. They also stand the chance of winning one of the prestigious Awards for "Best Film", "Best Student Film" and 2016 as a special the "Technical Innovation Award (Muybridge Award)".

The dancescreen 2016 Awards Ceremony will take place within FRAME, Sun 12 June at 18:15 in Kingston upon Thames, UK.

A. Live performance relay and camera re-work

A Swan Lake

A Swan Lake

“I wanted to do something big and wild and different. Something with water!” said Alexander Ekman - and filled the Main Stage at the Oslo Opera House with 5,000 litres of water. In this full-length work created for the Norwegian National Ballet, the dancers are joined by actors, a soprano, musicians and 1,000 rubber ducks. Alexander Ekman is an award-winning choreographer, internationally accl...
Atvakhabar Rhapsodies

Atvakhabar Rhapsodies

With a kaleidoscope of visual and sound effects, Karl Biscuit and Marcia Barcellos take you into their imaginary world. Combining futuristic visions and fantasy tales, the two choreographers present sophisticated images in their shows, set in both past and future. In Atvakhabar Rhapsodies, they embark on a search for the filmmaker Emil Prokop. The latter disappeared during an expedition. The danc...
Being Kristina - Queen Kristina

Being Kristina - Queen Kristina

Being Kristina is a visual danceexplosion with classical ingredients and a modern touch. The story starts with the Young Queen Kristina inheriting the Swedish Crown just being 6 years old. Emotions, misdeeds, love and succés, all scenes are expressed in dance. The locations are the original Castles, churches, audience Chambers, ballrooms and baroque gardens of the 1600-teenager. This young girl ...
Juliet & Romeo

Juliet & Romeo

The world’s greatest love story the other way round: by beginning the account from Juliet’s perspective, things are turned upside down. The Swedish choreographer Mats Ek stages Julia & Romeo in Stockholm. Mats Ek’s take on this classic is both refreshingly funny and tearfully sad at the same time. The Royal Swedish Ballet excels in this dynamic choreography, which is paired to a contemporary...
Sacre

Sacre

Considered one of the key works of modernism, it is a hundred years after the genesis of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ that Sasha Waltz takes on the Mariinsky Theatre’s offer to engage with this extraordinary piece of musical and dance history. Its title translates to ‘The Rite of Spring’. The strikingly archaic, tension-charged and angular composition is characterised by a...

B. Animation

Dancin’ the Camera

Dancin’ the Camera

Dance film about a tap dancer who is exploring the mechanical world of the black-and-white film. The film will be played on a 35 mm camera from the twenties, the era in which tap dance made furore. The camera function as camera, decor and character. The camera and a pianist try to seduce the dancer to a duet....
Fall

Fall

FALL, bodies hold onto a backlight. A moving shadow, just one. Are the waves rising up and falling into themselves? or the sea when tows and leaves a fine film of shining on the shoreline? FALL, an experimental dance film. Unceasing fall when the dance is announced in the shadows, as they go within every framework revealing the tide inside that room. The outside light comes through a large window....
Little Dreams

Little Dreams

An independent dance animation about dreams, fears and aspirations. Made with over 4000 hand-cut characters Little Dreams shows someone trapped by both the past and their worries of the future. Stuck he creates a world from his memories and dreams which in-turn leads him to confront his fears....
Salt

Salt

Your parents are crystalizing into salt beings. How to create your own path in life and not setting into the same patterns and habits as your parents? Filmed in the amazing underworld of salt mines in Krakow in Poland, mixing stop frame animation, puppetry and dance....
The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers "Wide Open"

In one fluid point of view shot we watch as a woman undergoes a dramatic psychologically led transformation. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor and danced by Sonoya Mizuno. Directed by DOM&NIC with ground breaking visual effects by the Mill....

C1. Screen choreography - up to 5 minutes

Dancing City

Dancing City

Inspired by the perpetual motion of the City of Glasgow and those in it, Dancing City was part of Culture 2014 and involved over 200 Glasgow citizens working with a team of artists to create the possibility for all of us to view seemingly ordinary things in new ways....
In and Out of Control

In and Out of Control

Control, an older gentleman banker, is dropped off at his baroque Castle. Used to commanding the lives of many, he has a haughty demeanour, a stiff walk and waits for nobody's pleasure. A mysterious piece of information is whispered in his ear, which sends his world out of orbit. He reaches the limits of his control, where even the laws of physics seem suspended....
Lola

Lola

Lola is an anatomical decryption of a sculptured being, of Alexandre Munz’s body who’s minimalistic micro-movements are made visible and sensible through the use of camera effects. The body is decomposed, reconstructed and multiplies itself....
Mad Scene 2.0

Mad Scene 2.0

A Silicon Valley office is the setting for a twenty-first century mad scene. This film was created as part of San Francisco Dance Film Festival's Co-Laboratory project in which a choreographer and film director are paired and challenged with creating a short dance film in one week....
Neutrois

Neutrois

A short film on the subject of gender fluidity.
Shade

Shade

Shade plays on the idea of the Camera being the focus of creation. The idea was to choreograph the camera operator and then based on those actions to choreograph the dancer. The intention was to keep it simple and not to over-choreograph or think of anything too wild but to have a balance between the subject and the observer....
Shadow / Self

Shadow / Self

Shadow/Self is a narrative dance film that uses movement, music, design and light to explore the idea of the "inner critic" - the paralysing self-doubt that can inhabit the darker side of the feminine psyche. Created almost entirely by a group of female artists, including award-winning fashion designer Bianca Spender, choreographer Samantha Chester, performers Geraldine Hakewill and Elizabeth Blac...
Sintonìa

Sintonìa

A body lays motionless, in silence, after dawn. Then, suddenly, but in response to an unseen and irregular metronome, the body begins to move, led by its inner sound, a dialog of the original tones of all its parts. Initially the movement is uncertain. Then, gradually, more and more self-confident and quick. It seems like seeking its own movement, its harmony and vital rhythm, before starting some...
Spark

Spark

At the edges of boundaries, when opposing worlds collide; sparks fly. Light and shade. Slow and fast. Hope and pain. Tradition and innovation. Aural and visual. Classical and electronica. Opposing forces surround us. We live in constant contrast. A movement, a flow, a dynamic blend of dual aspects. There are times to follow and times to lead; moments to act and moments to be still. Things ar...
Tailored

Tailored

A tailor, his wife: a day like any other. Then she comes in. Suddenly a mistake, a glimpse… one more word and the elbows will touch. The rhythmic gestures of the craft becomes a dance, now. The motif on the dress takes the form of a movement that is tailor-made. But this glimpse of desire springing from the line of the mountains, like a pin, falls down after only one minute. It’s the effects ...
Tango Brasileiro

Tango Brasileiro

In 1930ies Rio de Janeiro the young Gabriela realises she has the ability to stop time.
The Song of GuQin – Hand Dance

The Song of GuQin – Hand Dance

One video from a series called "The Song of GuQin". It shows the beauty of a hand dance. The guqin is the modern name for a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favored by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement....
The Try Out

The Try Out

An unlikely candidate finds that things are not quite as they seem when he arrives to try out for a traditional Chora band. Pressed into playing a possessed tambourine, the world around him quickly spirals out of control....
Transcendence

Transcendence

A female dancer struggles to overcome her fear and limitations. In the end, she successfully overcomes the challenge as she realizes that those exist only in her mind.
Twitch

Twitch

TWITCH is a 5-minute experimental performance video incorporating contemporary dance, contortion and acrobatics. TWITCH chronicles the life-pulse of a creature in conflict: its stirrings/twitching/convulsions, its agonizing missteps and battle with demons; an ode to overcoming dark energies that lie within....

C2. Screen choreography - up to 15 minutes

Body Language Zone

Body Language Zone

Body Language Zone consist of four dance film episodes. The humorous body language consultant gives body language guidance in different variations in the office environment. Each episode has a different approach to express body language. The episodes are: Zone 1: Body Language Consult. Zone 2: Touching Instructions. Zone 3: Body Language Management. Zone 4: Guaranteed Free Flow....
Dali's Demons

Dali's Demons

Inspired by the demonic forces, unusual creative practices and characters, both real and fictitious, that drove Salvador Dali to the great heights and depths of his surreal lifetime. Legend has it that Dali used to hold a key or a spoon over a tin plate. He would hold it there until he fell asleep, thus dropping the object. The key would strike the tin pate rousing Dali and he would begin paint...
Every-One

Every-One

This film is devoted to the ordinary man, “to a common hero, an ubiquitous character, walking in countless thousands on the streets. This anonymous hero is very ancient. Slowly the representatives that formerly symbolized families, groups, and orders disappear. We witness the advent of the number. It comes along with democracy, the large city, administrations, cybernetics. It is a flexi...
Hidden Skin

Hidden Skin

The Film revolves around a performance by two sub-body butoh performers, The film celebrates vulnerability. Hidden Skin is to confront fear, hope, underlying emotions, ego and other hidden life characteristics. The dogma about feelings that penetrates in our society is getting more and more pronounced with time. Everybody’s supposed to be just happy and joyful, or just not feel anything. But wit...
Lay Me Low

Lay Me Low

Lay me Low opens a communal space of experience through mourning by bringing people together in song and movement: individual voices are woven together to make one song, steps are taken in rhythm to make one walk. Lay me low is a traditional Shaker song performed by 10 dancers, musicians and singers and it cuts right to the heart to communicate a universal feeling of loss while evoking a paradoxic...
Lights

Lights

The last days of disco, the classic end-of-night brief encounter and the wondrous effects of inebriation on self-confidence. Lights is a contemporary take on the film musical genre. The idea : "how it feels from the inside but looks from the outside" are the guiding principles of this piece. From the song - the concept, the layers of deconstructed choreography, the kinetic vs floating camera wor...
Mourning

Mourning

Artist-ghosts arrive to a mourning ceremony, where they say good-bye to the passed away with absurd performances. We slowly realise that they are the ones who don't exist anymore. "It is with deep sorrow and a sunken heart that we announce that we do not exist anymore. Following a protracted bout with illness, we unexpectedly stretched out in a comic twist. We are grateful for your visiting us...
She/Her

She/Her

Dance film about power relations and the underlying emotions of a mother-daughter relationship. While mother Ella is located in reality, daughter Nora is situated in a fantasy world. The story starts with an everyday, realistic scene in a restaurant, where Ella and Nora dine together. Then, the story moves to Nora’s fantasy world, and finally returns to reality. ...
Solo Finale

Solo Finale

A woman and a man meet in an abandoned opera where they embark on a magical pas de deux between time and space.
Son du Serpent

Son du Serpent

Son du Serpent tells the story in road movie style of a modern African man and his frantic search for his wife, who has disappeared. Yearning for his beloved, he strays into a supernatural reality – knowing it’s possible that he has lost her to this invisible world....
Step

Step

Through her entire life, Rose has followed her passion for dance by using it as a singular method of communication essential to connect with her surroundings.
You

You

You is a solo dance monologue. Choreographed verbal and physical slapstick is turned on its head to reveal a darker truth about the human condition and the nature of relationships. Re-created from the original work by Nigel Charnock and part of an ongoing project to explore his archive....

C3. Screen choreography - over 15 minutes

A Short History of Madness

A Short History of Madness

Through the lens of modern dance, the scenes in A Brief History of Madness guide us through the history of how mental illness has been treated in Quebec from the end of the 19th Century to the present. In evocative spaces, solitude takes on various guises, from the whiteness of mental institutions to the gaze of a woman mesmerized by a traffic light, or the depths of a teenager’s bedroom. Gestur...
Malta Kano, TX

Malta Kano, TX

Malta Kano, TX tells the story of a couple in crisis where husband and wife seem unable to tame each other anymore. Somewhere along the line, communication was lost while codependence prevailed. Through gesture and dance, the film explores the tragic yet beautiful metamorphosis one undergoes in the quest to preserve love. Malta Kano,TX emanated from the collaboration between choreographer Dom...
Symmetry

Symmetry

Symmetry is a dance-opera film, in which Cern scientist Lukas is thrown off balance, while working on the theory of everything and the smallest particle. Through Claron’s singing he rediscovers love, in an endless landscape. She takes him back to the moment before the big bang, when time didn’t exist; a love with no end......
The Wake

The Wake

Drama Queen. Diva. Looking for attention. Looking for an audience. Looking for it. In Ireland, we silence women in the courts, silence women in the health-care system, silence women in the church, silence women on the national stage... but this silencing also happens at home, in the house, in the body. We tell each other stories in order to live, writes Joan Didion. So, what happens when we ...

D. Documentary

Graceful Girls

Graceful Girls

This is a story about Brianna Lee, 23 year-old school-teacher and Calisthenics lover, and her lifelong dream to finally win Calisthenics’ most prestigious title, the ‘Most Graceful Girl’ competition. After placing second three years in a row, and being controversially stripped of the State Title, she knows this year is her last chance to win. With the help of uncompromising, legendary coach ...
Grazing the Sky

Grazing the Sky

"Grazing the Sky" takes a revealing look at the incredible physical exploits of circus acrobats, and finds compelling stories of men and women confronting adversity – including the real risk of severe, debilitating injury. The price of life in the limelight includes years of study and practice, an iron discipline, an ongoing commitment to learning new skills, and constant travel far from home. ...
Reborn

Reborn

Reborn is a portrait of a star dancer coming back from injury. Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, reveals the brutal reality of being a top ballerina and performs a mesmerising piece of original choreography....
Rudolf Nureyev Dance to Freedom

Rudolf Nureyev Dance to Freedom

A single event made Rudolph Nureyev the most famous dancer in the world. On june 16th 1961, Nureyev defected in Paris at the height of the Cold War. Dance to Freedom recreates those dramatic events. It’s a story of Love and Betrayal, Ballet and Espionage; told by those who took part in it, and whose lives were changed forever. Before the world’s cameras were trained on Nureyev, Dance to Freed...
Symmetry Unravelled

Symmetry Unravelled

The documentary explores what art and science have in common and where they differ. The stars of the dance and opera film, choreographer Lukáš Timulak and Soprano Claron McFadden, alongside renowned scientists such as Robbert Dijkgraaf and John Ellis discuss these topics and what people in these very different professions can learn from each other. Furthermore, it allows the viewer to take a loo...

S. Student

Dali's Demons

Dali's Demons

Inspired by the demonic forces, unusual creative practices and characters, both real and fictitious, that drove Salvador Dali to the great heights and depths of his surreal lifetime. Legend has it that Dali used to hold a key or a spoon over a tin plate. He would hold it there until he fell asleep, thus dropping the object. The key would strike the tin pate rousing Dali and he would begin paint...
Lola

Lola

Lola is an anatomical decryption of a sculptured being, of Alexandre Munz’s body who’s minimalistic micro-movements are made visible and sensible through the use of camera effects. The body is decomposed, reconstructed and multiplies itself....
Neutrois

Neutrois

A short film on the subject of gender fluidity.
Sintonìa

Sintonìa

A body lays motionless, in silence, after dawn. Then, suddenly, but in response to an unseen and irregular metronome, the body begins to move, led by its inner sound, a dialog of the original tones of all its parts. Initially the movement is uncertain. Then, gradually, more and more self-confident and quick. It seems like seeking its own movement, its harmony and vital rhythm, before starting some...
Transcendence

Transcendence

A female dancer struggles to overcome her fear and limitations. In the end, she successfully overcomes the challenge as she realizes that those exist only in her mind.
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