Fiscal Sponsorship is proving to be a viable option for artists seeking to raise funds. In response, Dance Films Association offers Individual Members Fiscal Sponsorship for their dance film projects that are any stage in production. Ranging from feature length documentary projects to short experimental films, we believe that every idea should have the opportunity to become a fully realized dance film and understand that fundraising is always a huge factor. Through our Fiscal Sponsorship program, not only can dance film projects apply for grants that require non-profit status and collect donations that are tax-deductible, but DFA also provides consultation and builds a personal page for projects on our website to integrate our Fiscally Sponsored projects into the fabric of dance film.
Please contact us if you’d like to apply to Fiscal Sponsorship. Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email requesting to schedule a phone call or meeting to review your application. Please note, if your project is accepted, Individual Membership is required.
As fiscal sponsor, DFA receives a sum equal to 7% of funds dedicated to the film project and DFA makes payments to fiscally sponsored projects on a monthly basis. For example, payments made to the film project through DFA for the period between Sept 15th and Oct 15th would be issued to the film project on Nov 15th. All artistic and proprietary rights, title and interest in and to the project belongs to the filmmaker and the filmmaker may copyright the project in their name. In return, we ask to receive appropriate credit and that DFA’s logo will be included whenever possible on trailers and the final video.
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To support a particular project, send money via PayPal through the specified project donation button on each Fiscally Sponsored projects page. Or, write a check payable to Dance Films Association, earmarked for a specific project and mail it to Dance Films Association, 252 Java Street, #333, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Please note- For legal and accounting purposes, we need to notify you of our ‘variance power’ over funds donated to us in support of this project. Under our fiscal sponsorship agreement with each project, we retain full discretion and control over the use of such funds to accomplish the charitable purposes of the approved project. This power includes the unilateral right to redirect funds to a different beneficiary who can further the mission of DFA if for some reason the project cannot be completed.
Ballon is a short film that follows a ballerina caught in the cycle of all-night partying and cocaine-fueled rehearsals who must confront her addiction when she crumbles at a career-defining audition.
The film is a glimpse into 24 hours of this dancer’s chaotic world: striving for perfection, but driven by her addiction, she believes she can only [...]
A kind and charming woman awakens to a cold and dangerous dystopia, and then must battle to survive and find her lost love. In the process, she discovers that the wreckage surrounding her is not destruction at all, but a cycle in perpetual transformation.
RUN, a short dance film, is a rhythmical journey set in the [...]
My Andromeda is a loose narrative dance piece that follows the tale of two lovers and their journey through the universe. The project was shot in California’s national parks as well as Chapman university. The goal was to take away the footprint of man, and capture human movement in Nature. We used the wonderful settings [...]
AROVA explores the passion and dedication of Dame Sonia Arova, a Bulgarian Ballerina, who influenced the dance world a great deal. Among her many dance partners, she is known for partnering with Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, and Thor Sutowski.
Her training during WWII shaped how she would train other dancers. Wisdom, physical strength, and emotional endurance [...]
What is life like for a dancer when they can no longer dance? Inspired by Merrill Ashley’s departure from the New York City Ballet a an acclaimed principal dancer, this documentary captures the poignancy of this life turning point. After a struggle to find her next step, today Merrill Ashley travels around the world teaching [...]
ENI9GMA: The legend of Félix
A story of appropriation, glamour and madness
Documentary about Félix Fernández García, flamenco dancer from Seville hired by Diaghilev in 1917 to teach and dance flamenco for the Ballets Russes in the process of creation of The Three-Cornered Hat ballet in collaboration with choreographer Lèonide Massine, composer Manuel de Falla and Pablo [...]
Prolific choreographer George Balanchine was also a teacher who preferred to teach his dancers each morning himself, which he did for decades. In Balanchine’s Classroom is a portrait of Balanchine, the teacher, by those who knew him best – his dancers. This film explores the process of becoming a Balanchine dancer but it’s a human [...]
Born in the heart of the Amazon, trained in Rio de Janeiro, Boca Raton and Paris, Marcelo Gomes is one of the most sought-after male ballet dancers today. A Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Marcelo also performs with the world’s most prestigious ballet companies and star ballerinas.
Marcelo is a dancer [...]
The impact of commercial dance has never been greater than it is today. MOVE, the first all-access look from the inside out, is a powerhouse documentary film featuring many of the most influential dance artists in the world. Set in a sexy, fast-paced and dynamic universe, MOVE tells the story of the drive to survive [...]
Directed by Nan Melville, This painterly portrait of an idyllic dance village near Bangalore offers a taste of the Indian dance style, Odissi. Protima Bedi institutionalized classical Indian dance through the founding of Nrityagram; a “gurukul” where students could dance and live in close proximity with their master guru. The internationally renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble [...]
SACRAMENT follows five individuals as they are dragged into a cult ritual surrounding the birth and destruction of a mysterious god.