Press Release: Annual Programming For CAPTURING MOTION NYC


Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA)

Announces Annual Programming For

Capturing Motion NYC

a High School Student Dance Film Competition and Workshop Series
  New York, NY – Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA) announces annual programming for Capturing Motion NYC, including a call for submissions and education opportunities for high school students in all five boroughs of New York City. This workshop-competition model offers a comprehensive approach for New York City high school students to learn about the process of making a dance film, from conception to presentation. Finalists are selected to screen at a special program at the 44th Annual Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the winning film screens in the Closing Night program. This year’s festival dates are February 12 – 16, 2016. DFA is committed to organizing youth programming and fostering the next generation of dance filmmakers as we enter our 60th anniversary year in 2016. DFA seeks dance film submissions 1-5 minutes in length that address the relationship between dance and the camera. Linking dance and film techniques in imaginative ways, films can be documentary, narrative or experimental in style. Any dance subject may serve as inspiration: social or street dance, dance in religious settings, professional dance, or non-dance images filmed so they evoke dance, choreography, and movement. Submissions open December 1, 2015 at 12:00am EST and close January 15, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Students may submit their films free of charge, but must reside or attend school in one of the five boroughs. We encourage teachers in dance, film, media, and the arts to share this call for submissions with their students. Invited panelists select finalists to participate in the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Finalists screen their films and participate in a special program moderated in past years by Ellen Bar, Director of Media Projects at New York City Ballet, and the winning film screens with the Closing Night program. DFA guides students through the phases of filmmaking and offers workshops to introduce budding filmmakers to the genre of dance film. Workshops are structured like a master class, typically providing students with up to an hour and a half of programming (modified based on the partner’s needs and schedule). These workshops focus on technical, artistic and practical challenges of creating a dance film. DFA works with high schools, after school programs, and arts organizations to create new educational opportunities.

Past high school programs that have offered Capturing Motion NYC workshops since our pilot year in 2012 include The Beacon School, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Brownsville Academy High School, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women.

Past partners for additional programming such as panel discussions, field trips, and after school programming have included Dancewave, the New Museum, and Abrons Arts Center.

Visit our website for official guidelines and submission information. Contact Brighid Greene, Programs Director, for more information or to schedule a workshop:

Capturing Motion NYC receives generous funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

  About Dance Films Association (DFA) is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. Currently, DFA is actively seeking to broaden its audience via new media initiatives and membership drives, to support cutting edge approaches to dance documentation, and to expand partnerships with schools, arts partners, media sites, and other institutions. Alongside the Dance on Camera Festival, DFA offers year round programming such as the Dance Film Lab, Dance Films Presents, and Capturing Motion NYC.
  Contact Brighid Greene, Programs Director Dance Films Association 252 Java Street #333 Brooklyn, NY 11222 (347) 505- 8649
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