Hong Kong | 2018 | 13'37
This is a game Shing Lee played with the dancer who is his brother, Joseph Lee. “Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” A quote from East Coker, Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot who inspired the creation of this film.
Producer: Elysa Wendi
Director: Shing LEE
Videographer: Shing LEE
Choreographer: Joseph Lee
Performer: Joseph Lee
Israel | 2018 | 14'12
Ayala wants to prove that she's a real dancer, but keeps failing at doing so. Just as she withdraws inward in a manner of shame and disappointment, the emerging exuberance of Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem around her shows her she has something else to offer - her special dancing point of view. Between a cinematic narrative work and a dance film, "Prove it" presents a journey which moves from despair to acceptance. The piece moves between the narrative story and the expressive language of the dance world, and sometimes can "fall between the chairs" of genre. It searches a place in the narrative as well as in the experimental, while sometimes finds a home in both worlds. Altogether, it refines the means of cinematic expressions in order to make the language of dance accessible to the public and assimilate it into our everyday life. Thereby, on one hand, the work will be of artistic value, but at the same time will move and touch people's hearts by a unique and compelling storytelling. Below is one of the lector’s reviews at Gesher Multicultural Film Fund who gave the film a Post-Production grant: "A wonderful, refreshing, original, exciting and humane work. A beautiful idea with a successful performance. The work creating a kind of visual dictionary that helps to transform the everyday movements of all of us into magic. In doing so, it brings the vitality back to the original purpose of art - to help us look at the world as it is, and allows its enchanted rawness to penetrate us."
Producer: Anna Somershaf
Director: Hadas Neuman
Videographer: Adi Mozes
Choreographer: Orian Michaeli
Bar Sade, Alice Dor-Cohen, Shaul Ezer Shir,
Israel | 2017 | 8'
Same old me, lying down, trying to get up, slowly I can’t. Not today. Too heavy… That’s what you said yesterday. You’re weak. Etta is playing. Is it the radio, is it me? I get up, I fall. I walk around. I fall. I fall heavier. I want to crash, I want to suffer, I don’t want help, I don’t need help. I need to fall to be able to continue. I’m scared to be alone... Listening to Etta, realizing that I have the power, I have the control. It’s a game, so play it! Throw yourself! I’m throwing myself, I’m falling, crashing over and over... Walking with no purpose. Fighting against Etta “When the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips, revealed the tears that was on my face” No tears, I know I can control it but I don’t know how. That’s funny. Keep falling. No! Get up you’re losing it! I’m losing my mind. Everything comes out... Do you wanna hear a poem?
Producer: Tomer Zirkilevich, Ronja Haering
Director: Tomer Zirkilevich, Juan Enrique Vilz
Videographer: Juan Enrique Vilz
Choreographer: Tomer Zirkilevich
Performer: Ronja Häring
Competing for Sunlight: Oak
Austria | 2017 | 6'
‘Oak’ is a contemporary take on the ancient human understanding of the Oaktree as a gateway into other realities.
Producer: Dagmar Dachauer
Director: Dagmar Dachauer
Videographer: Kilian Immervoll
Choreographer: Dagmar Dachauer
Dagmar Dachauer, Knut Vikström Precht
Let's Talk About It
Poland| 2017 | 5'
We are experiencing an increasing conflict between people who are for and against helping the refugees in Europe. Countless media manipulation, one-sided articles and videos regarding the subject and unfounded dialogues on TV only make people more and more confused. “Let’s talk about it” was created to confront those two opposite opinions and present arguments on both sides equally letting the people take their own stand on this. Taking an inspiration from a dialogue written by a Polish writer Piotr Kolasiuk, Bartek Woszczynski directed and choreographed a short dance film which is a physical response to this current topic.
Producer: Bartek Woszczynski
Director: Bartek Woszczynski
Videographer: Pawel Stepniak
Choreographer: Bartek Woszczynski
Katarzyna Kubalska, Szymon Osiński
A LAST ONE IN COLOR
Austria, Japan, Africa | 2017 | 4'53
In a minimalistic setting, where gender and color melts between the movement of two bodies, the loop of a relationship gets dissected and exposed through the sense of touch.
Producer: Aksel Stasny, Manaho Shimokawa
Director: Aksel Stasny, Manaho Shimokawa
Videographer: Aksel Stasny
Choreographer: Thamsanqa (Thami) Majela, Manaho Shimokawa
Performer: Thamsanqa (Thami) Majela, Manaho Shimokawa
Denmark | 2017 | 4'29
SOLUS is a short dance film created from a questioning of striving; the striving to achieve and the striving to create the images and stories about ourselves that we want the world to see.
With a subtle and poetic approach, the choreography revolves around this theme and slowly unfolds more and more layers for the audience to interpret. All roles are performed by the same dancer, which serves as an experiment on synchronicity and being alike as well as it serves as a subtle and symbolic comment on our time.
SOLUS is the latest in a series of artistic comments on society by Danish choreographer Simone Wierød, who uses her choreographic practice as a tool to understand and debate the present time.
Producer: Simone Wierød
Director: Simone Wierød
Videographer: Tim Panduro
Choreographer: Simone Wierød
Performer: Anna Stamp Møller
Taiwan | 2017 | 4'27
The multi-dimensional space echoed. We are wandering, blindly exploring at night. Humping disciplines of the 19th century tamer, inflamed swellings eroded by mosquito. The soul returns to the matrix, roars in bright green jungle. I fled. A triangle sign flashed as efforts were in vain. Back turned a faint sneer of satisfaction on my face.
Producer: Yi-Chi Chiu
Director: Yi-Wei Lo, Hua-Yang Lee
Videographer: Yi-Chi Chiu
Choreographer: Yi-Wei Lo
Han-Shin Kan, Kuan-Ying Su, Ray-Yu Lin
H H H
USA | 2018 | 3'03
A perfect white woman stands on a bare ground, headless and thoughtless. Despite their efforts to resemble her, two women realize the hopelessness of their situation. They create a ritual to change their destiny, to replace plastic with skin. To be a mannequin is appealing. Giving in to the temptation of the ideal, of the sculpted body and opinionless mind, is sometimes asked of us. We are taught that the world will accept us if we are more accommodating, more available, more less of ourselves. But through our relentless flaws we are inevitably faced with how impossibly far we were willing to go to become plastic. We honor this effort.
Producer: Thibaut Eiferman
Director: Thibaut Eiferman
Videographer: Rohan Ali
Choreographer: Thibaut Eiferman
Rebecah Goldstone, Genna Moroni, Thibaut Eiferman
Greece | 2018 | 6'11
The intervention of the human race in the environment can also start affecting its own population. Dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives by wildfires in Attica, Greece on July 23 2018.
Producer: Vasilis Arvanitakis
Director: Vasilis Arvanitakis
Videographer: Vasilis Arvanitakis
Choreographer: Vasilis Arvanitakis
Performer: Vasilis Arvanitakis