Leeds International Screendance Competition

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by antonydunn on October 7, 2014

Yorkshire Dance is delighted to partner with the Leeds International Film Festival to launch the Leeds International Screendance Competition, the only current screendance competition in the UK.

We received 126 applications to this first edition of the Leeds International Screendance Competition as part of the Leeds International Film Festival Short Film City programme.

Leeds-based filmmaker Andy Wood put together a short-listing panel comprising Gitta Wigro (Co-Director of Independent Dance), filmmaker Simon Fildes (Goat Media) and Yorkshire Dance Artistic Director Wieke Eringa.

There was a huge variety of international work with some outstandingly fresh ideas and beautifully produced films, and the panel created a long-list during a very intensive day in September.

The programme of short films will be shown at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, on Monday 17 November, 8.30pm, when the winner of the competition will be announced. The winner will be decided by an expert international jury and awarded a cash prize of £500.

The screening will feature a real breadth of contrasting approaches to screendance with work that is moving, engaging and provocative. From entangled tango to kooky street dance, from a busy highway to a black screen, come and be challenged and enthralled. Eleven short films from ten countries.

“Sometimes featuring dancers and sometimes not,
sometimes narrative and sometimes not,
what unites these shorts is their engagement with choreography,
either in their content, the edit, or ideally both.”

Andy Wood

The jury will include Silvina Szperling (video-dance maker and curator/Founder Director of Festival VideoDanza BA) with others to be announced.

We hope that this screendance competition will become an important date for filmmakers internationally in years to come whilst energising audiences in Leeds for this very rich medium.

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