SFDFF Fall Festival 2023
Fall 2023 San Francisco Dance Film Festival presents CALL ME DANCER
Fall 2023 San Francisco Dance Film Festival presents CALL ME DANCER
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Flower A FILM BY Misty Copeland
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Welcome to Dance Film SF

Founded in 2010, Dance Film SF is a nonprofit organization that brings dance to new audiences through the presentation and development of dance-based media. In addition to presenting the award-winning San Francisco Dance Film Festival, DFSF’s year-round activities include special screenings, panels, and filmmaking workshops. Through our touring and outreach programs, we send highlight reels to international screens and dance media into local schools. DFSF also produces original dance films through our Co-Laboratory program, matching top choreographers with professional filmmakers and creating the time, space, and budget for them to collaborate.

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SFDFF presents its 14th annual Festival. From September 22 – October 15, international and locally produced dance films will be featured in various San Francisco theaters and streamed online. Learn more about our programs and purchase tickets.

San Francisco Premiere of Flower

SFDFF announces the San Francisco Premiere of Flower on October 1 at the Brava Theater. This short episodic film series starring and produced by world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland, is set in Oakland, California, and was created with artists from the Bay Area community including local dancers. Music for the film is by Grammy-winner Raphael Saadiq with choreography by Alonzo King and Rich + Tone Talauega. The program will feature a Q&A with Misty Copeland, Alonzo King and Lauren Finerman. Learn More / Buy Tickets

Experimental - Wed, Oct 4

Experience the expansive power of imagination and remarkable creative drive in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival’s Experimental Shorts program at the Catharine Clark Gallery on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30PM. Learn More/ Buy Tickets

Narrative Shorts - Thurs, Oct 5

SFDFF 2023 Narrative Shorts

Get lost in storytelling with this seamless fusion of dance, dialogue, acting and cinematography. In this selection of six short narrative films, the universal language of dance colors a diverse array of scenes, atmospheres, and characters—each in under 15 minutes. Learn More / Buy Tickets

Featured Films

A magical journey from the streets of Mumbai to the stages of New York, Call Me Dancer is the story of perseverance, rebellion, passion, family, culture, and an unlikely friendship . Learn More

“Dancing in A-Yard” is an intimate look into the lives of ten men in a rehabilitative dance program in Los Angeles County’s California State Prison at Lancaster. By dancing and telling their stories together, these men and their instructor challenge toxic masculinity and confront stigmas faced by incarcerated people. Learn More

Babatunji Johnson live performance, Coppelia opening night with Michaela DePrince, Amit Patel live performance

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2023 Digital Program

2023 Digital Program

View the printed program book for the fall 2023 Festival. From September 22 through October 8 we’ll be gathering in person with 14 programs.

SFDFF 2023 Award Jury

2023 Award Jury Members

We are pleased to announce our 2023 SF Dance Film Festival Award Jury. These jury members were selected for their deep expertise in dance, film, and culture, and will select winners in six categories

Queer Dance Film Festival, SFDFF Community Partner

Queer Dance Film Festival

SFDFF is proud to be a community partner for the 2023 Queer Dance Film Festival! Join us on Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 2-4pm at the iconic New Parkway Theatre to witness the beauty and diversity of queer dance

SFDFF Co-Presents Peafowl at SFFilm

SFDFF Co-Presents Peafowl

SFDFF Co-Presents “Peafowl” by Byun Sung-bin. Professional Waack dancer, Myung makes a pilgrimage to her hometown to lead her father’s funeral ritual, decades after she left in the face of family and community transphobia

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