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Dance Film SF Congratulates Festival Winners

Dance Film SF congratulates the 2019 Festival Award Winners from its recent 10th anniversary San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

  • Lil Buck: Real Swan | Copyright: © Dance Film SF / Versatile Films

    Lil Buck: Real Swan © Dance Film SF / Versatile Films

  • Betroffenheit | Copyright: © Wendy D Photography

    Betroffenheit © Wendy D Photography

  • Sisters | Copyright: © Daphne Lucker

    Sisters © Daphne Lucker

Out of over 120 films which screened at the recent 10th Anniversary San Francisco Dance Film Festival, the festival's independent jury selected six films that outstandingly demonstrated depth, artistry, and innovation in dance film.

Best Student Film: THE ACT OF BREATHING ($500 USD)
The film questions physical existence and movements as dance on screen through the metamorphosis of a body.
Director/Choreographer: Hana Yamazaki | Hungary

Best Art/Experimental Film: THE DÉRIVE ($500 USD)
Follows a dancer moving through Tehran, capturing passerby responses and reactions. Since dance is prohibited in Iran, this action is a bold statement of personal freedom.
Director/Choreographer: Tanin Torabi | Iran/Ireland

Best Live Performance Capture: BETROFFENHEIT ($500 USD)
This boundary-stretching theatre/dance work explores the psychological states of trauma, grief and addiction.
Director: Jeff Tudor/Choreographer: Crystal Pite | Canada/United Kingdom

Best Screendance Under 10: ABOUT FACE ($500 USD)
Reframes the school to prison pipeline and the role of fathers.
Director: Yoram Savion/Choreographer: Drew Dollaz | United States

Best Screendance Over 10: SISTERS ($500 USD)
Three sisters grow up in a broken home and must survive by trusting their special bond.
Director: Daphne Lucker/Choreographer: Emma Evelein | The Netherlands

Best Documentary: LIL BUCK: REAL SWAN ($1,000 USD)
In Lil Buck's hometown, violence and poverty are everywhere—but dance is keeping people alive and proud.
Director: Louis Wallecan/Choreographer: Lil Buck | France

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