San Francisco Dance Film Festival Shorts


WASP – Working Art Space and Production launches the first series of special screenings with the most appreciated dance films in the world, co-presented by dance film festivals from Europe and USA. The screening are part of I.D.M.P.A. (Innovative Directions in Multimedia and Performing Arts), in the frame of GROWASP – Ground for Research an Education, a program organized by 4culture and WASP-Working Art Space and Production with the purpose of providing new perspectives for the young artists with or without professional studies and the desire to integrate them in the international context of contemporary art development by offering training sessions in fields which are not available in the institutionalized educational system. I.D.M.P.A. is coordinated by choreographer and artistic director Simona Deaconescu.

Sunday March 22, 7 pm
, takes place the first dance film screening from the series, co-presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival. In the line-up you can find films selected and awarded at SFDFF, innovating in matter of concept, aesthetics and technique used.


Powerful and narrative these films are going to keep you breathless, exposing fundamental issues related to war, morality, identity and growing up.

  • RULES OF THE GAME / Canada & USA, 2014 / 8:25 / Directors: Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman

    RulesoftheGame© Joshua Fraiman

    Trust dissolves between four factory workers under the unremitting surveillance of the management.

  • Awarded “Honorable Mention” for “Best Screendance Short up to 10 minutes”

    Click here for trailer.

  • MARTIALITY, NOT FIGHTING / China, 2012 / 10:30 / Directors: Marianne Kim, Cheng-Chieh Yu / Choreographer: Cheng-Chieh Yu


    Shot in Guangzhou, China “Martiality, Not Fighting” follows a young dancer performing the role of conscientious objector. He moves through the pedestrian and the abstract to deliberate the question “to fight or not to fight.”

  • SHIFT / UK, 2014 / 4:14 / Directors: Del Mak, Patrick Ryder / Choreographer: Del Mak


    Ever wanted to do something different? When life becomes a routine, step out of the ordinary and follow your dreams. “Shift” follows a white-collar worker who escapes the confines of his working environment, exploring & dancing freely through the outside world.

    Audience Favourite at “Screendance Matinee”

  • 9 / USA, 2013 / 15:00 / Director: Kimberly Warner / Choreographer: Emily Bartha


    Standing on the threshold between innocence and experience, a young ballerina teeters between light and dark, order and chaos. “9″ is a coming of age tale about the mysterious and sometimes frightening initiations that usher us into our becoming.

  • FREEFALL / UK, 2012 / 5:00 / Directors: Sima Gonsai, Babis Alexidis / Choreographer: Lee Fisher

    Freefall are one of the only companies in the West Midlands, UK that is comprised of performers with learning disabilities. The dancers’ unique imaginations allow choreographers and filmmakers to explore new creative possibilities.

  • INTRINSIC MORAL EVIL / Holand, 2013 / 10:45 / Director: Harm Weistra / Choreographer: Fernando Dominguez


    “Intrinsic Moral Evil” seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the dancers play a game with the viewer’s perception: is it a memory, a dream? Is it about losing of friendship? The layered story invites the audience to make its own interpretation.

  • Innovative and futuristic as a concept and technique used, these films are going to amaze you as they are at the border of dance and performance.

  • GLOBE TROT / USA + 25 countries, 2013 / 4:35 / Director: Mitchell Rose / Choreographer: Bebe Miller


    An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 54 filmmakers on all seven continents each shoot one second of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller.

    Awarded ”Best Editing”

  • SAMBA / USA, 2014 / 2:40 / Directors: Andrea Lerner, Rosane Chamecki / Choreographer: chameckilerner


    In their new video “Samba,” the Brazilians Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner filmed a single samba dancer in extreme slow motion. What you see will change forever the way you perceive the body and it’s motion.

    Awarded ”Honorable Mention” for “Best Screendance Short up to 5 minutes”

  • A DAY IN THE LIFE / USA, 2013 / 4:57 / Director: Stephanie Salts / Choreographer: Stephanie Salts


    What if your shoes could tell your story for you?

  • AMAUROS / Switzerland, 2014 /2:08 / Director: Nicole Seiler / Choreographer: Nicole Seiler


    Audio description makes films accessible to visually impaired audiences by describing the visual elements of the work. By removing the visual elements of film, one can conjure an imaginary dance.

  • These films create a special relationship between the body and the material and psychological space.

  • GLACE CREVASSE ET DERIVE / Canada, 2013 / 9:42 / Director: Albert Girard, Chantal Caron / Choreographer: Chantal Caron

    glace© Richard St-Pierre

    This film is a metaphorical piece about death and the perpetual cycle of life. Set along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, the drifting blocks of ice caught in the river’s current represent the flow of time.

    Awarded ”Best Screendance Short over 10 minutes” .

  • SILENT PLACES / Romania, 2013 / 12:00 / Director and Choreographer: Simona Deaconescu

    SilentPlaces© Oleg Mutu

    Five strangers are gathered in an unwelcoming space, fighting together for a way out, tired by their confused thoughts, trying to regain strength over their altered bodies. The camera bursts into the heart of the dance whilst the music copes with the cruelty and the fever of everyday warfare.

    Awarded ”Honorable Mention” for “ Best Screendance Short over 10 minutes”

  • ROOMS / USA, 2013 / 6:03 / Director: Paul Sarvis / Choreographer: Paul Sarvis


    A solo in a bare room conjures another presence—real, imagined, or remembered. Images of family, shelter, entrapment, youth and age collide and fold into one another.

  • RAWHIDE / USA, 2014 / 6:00 / Directori: Eric Garcia, Kat Cole

    Rawhide© Peggy Peralta

    A woman in a fur coat encounters a voyeuristic yak.

  • Attendance is free of charge. The participants from The GROWASP program have priority.

    This screening is a special event organised by WASP – Working Art Space and Production and co-presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival. It is strictly forbidden to record or photograph any of the films from the schedule.