2021 Festival Programs

Discover the Lineup for the 12th Annual SFDFF

We are honored to release the lineup for the 12th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. From October 15-24, 2021, global audiences will enjoy streaming access through Marquee TV alongside select in-person screenings in San Francisco, continuing availability for new online followers while marking a joyous return to theaters.



Coppelia feature film Michaela DePrince at SFDFF 2021
A modern fairytale, told without words, Coppelia is a visually opulent adventure that blends live action ballet with charming animation. With Michaela DePrince in the leading role as Swan.
Saturday, October 16, 2021 @ 5pm
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason

Dance Heals: BOXBLUR at Catharine Clark ...

Dance Heals KQEDArts Amit Closeup SFDFF 2021
In-person screening and performance at Catharine Clark Gallery. This mixed shorts program is part of an ongoing series of self-discovery and healing through dance
Sunday, October 17 @ 7:30pm
Catharine Clark Gallery


Promo image for Black Magic by Rashaad Newsome Live Capture at SFDFF 2021
A dancing celebration of the LGBTQ+ community
Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Brava Theater


Bay Area Shorts Program Juliet McMains Milongueando still SFDFF 2021
A showcase of new dance film work by Bay Area Artists
Sunday, October 24, 2021 @ 7pm
Brava Theater


Feature Length Films


Ailey, dance film documentary, scoff - 2021
Filmmaker Jamila Wignot examines the life of visionary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey.
Jamila Wignot
Alvin Ailey
Documentary | Contemporary

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Ma...

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters
Beginning in 1980s New York City, this film chronicles the love story between dancers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, and the diverse dance company they founded
Rosalynde LeBlanc & Tom Hurwitz
Bill T Jones
Documentary | Contemporary

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra
Meet Bangarra’s early founders, three young Aboriginal brothers, who turned the newly born dance group into one of Australia’s leading performing companies and created the opening ceremony of the Australian Olympics
Wayne Blair & Nel Minchin
Stephen, David and Russell Page, Bangarra Dance Theatre
Documentary | Contemporary

Isolation to Creation

Isolation to Creation
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Works & Process at the Guggenheim produced performing arts creative bubbles so artists could work safely.
Nic Petry
Ephrat Asherie Dance, Jamar Roberts, Les Ballet Afrik, Music From The Sole, The Beatbox House, The Missing Element, and "Seven Deadly Sins"
Documentary | Contemporary


Natyam tells the story of Sitara, a passionate classical dancer who has been dedicated to her craft since the tender age of 6.
Revanth Korukonda
Sandhya Raju, Sai Venkata Ganagdhar, Manognya Balaraju, Aayana Dance Company, Viswa Raghu, Trishita Dengupta, Rishi Sharma, Sowmya Kautia, Rohit Behal, Michael Tej Raj, Javeed Sheik, Mohit Baid, Nithin K Venu
Narrative Feature | Bolllywood

Documentary / Mixed Shorts Programs


Dance to Your Own Beat Howard documentary shorts SFDFF 2021
In these five extended shorts, dancers find their groove in very different ways.

Dance Heals

Dance Heals Shorts KQEDArts ICCD308 Amit Closeup SFDFF 2021
An ongoing series of self-discovery and healing through dance.


Leaving Legacies Shorts Program How She Moves SFDFF 2021
Masters pass on their craft to their descendants in these four documentary shorts.


Raising Voices 2021 Woven SFDFF 2021
An ongoing platform for activism and expressions of identity through dance.

Screendance Shorts Programs


Tabeo by Ryan Renshaw in Screenscapes Shorts Program at SFDFF 2021
Surreal landscapes found within and without.


The Next Stage Shorts Program Diorama SFDFF 2021
Stars of the ballet world take to the screen with daring new contemporary work.


Experimental Shorts Program True Sound Facade SFDFF 2021
Animation and experimental film explored through analog media and technology.


Fibonacci by Tomáš Hubáček from Into the Wild Shorts Program at SFDFF 2021
Dancers launch themselves into the great outdoors.


Film still from "MeTube: August sings 'Una furtiva lagrima'" by Daniel Moshel dancefilm at SFDFF 2021
Cowboys, circus freaks and intergalactic nerds find a place in the world.


Short-n-Sweet Shorts Program Funda Erzade Inner Fil Still SFDFF 2021
Fun and quirky mini dance films from the mall to the moon and back.