SFDFF Fall 2023 Festival
2023 Fall SFDFF
2023 Fall SFDFF
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2023 Programs
2023 SFDFF with poster from Call Me Dancer documentary film
2023 Programs
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2023 Programs
2023 SFDFF with  film still from Oceano by Dai Matsuoka
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2023 Fall Festival

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. From October 5 – 8, SFDFF will be co-presented with ODC. All programming will take place in person at ODC Theater, along with streaming access to select programs on ODC Connect, ODC’s video streaming platform. At the close of the Festival an invited jury will announce its selections and give awards in six categories.

AWARD WINNERS / FESTIVAL SPONSORS / PHOTO ALBUMS / DIGITAL PROGRAM / ARTIST Q&As

For detailed information on individual programs, and to purchase tickets, click on the images below.

In-Person Programs, Sept 22 - Oct 4

SFDFF 2023 Spotlight Shorts
Take a tour of diverse dance styles as smoldering jazz, flamboyant drag, athletic street dance, and world-class ballet come into conversation across the globe.
57 minutes
Friday, September 22 @ 7pm
Lucasfilm Theater

Opening Night: Spotlight Shorts

SFDFF 2023 Flower Misty Copeland
Flower is a short episodic film series starring world-renowned ballerina and trailblazer Misty Copeland that tells a powerful story through dance and movement.
(United States, 2022) 28 minutes
Sunday, October 1 @ 7:00 PM
Brava Theater
Contemporary / Urban / Ballet

Flower

SFDFF 2023 Catharine Clark Gallery
Experience the expansive power of imagination and remarkable creative drive in this collection of short experimental screendance works.
56 minutes
Wednesday, October 4 @ 7:30pm
Catharine Clark Gallery

Experimental @ Catharine Clark Gallery

SFDFF at ODC Theater, Oct 5 - 8

SFDFF 2023 Narrative Shorts
Get lost in storytelling with this seamless fusion of dance, dialogue, acting and cinematography.
64 minutes
Thursday, October 5 @ 6pm
ODC Theater

Narrative Shorts

SFDFF 2023 Dancing In A-Yard
“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.
(United States, 2023) 72 minutes
Thursday, October 5 @ 7:30 PM
ODC Theater
Documentary

Dancing in A-Yard

SFDFF 2023 Screendance 1: 10 Under 10
Discover screendance with this selection of 10 works under 10 minutes
60 minutes
Friday, October 6 @ 6:00pm
ODC Theater

Screendance 1: 10 Under 10

Doc Shorts
Five documentary shorts capture real-life stories in a compact form colored by the intimately personal language of movement.
75 Minutes
Friday, October 6 @ 7:30pm
ODC Theater

Doc Shorts

SFDFF 2023 Screendance 2: What's the Story
Delve into unconventional storytelling in this selection of five experimental shorts with narrative threads.
62 minutes
Saturday, October 7 @ 1:30pm
ODC Theater

Screendance 2: What’s the Story?

SFDFF 2023 Screendance 3: Screenscapes
Dive deeper into screendance with these four international works.
64 minutes
Saturday, October 7 @ 3:30pm
ODC Theater

Screendance 3: Screenscapes

SFDFF 2023 Call Me Dancer Documentary
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 .
(United States, 2023) 80 minutes
Saturday, October 7 @ 7:00
ODC Theater
Documentary

Call Me Dancer

SFDFF 2023 Raising Voices
SFDFF’s 5th annual Raising Voices shorts program spotlights moving stories told through movement, poetry, and music from artists who harness dance as cultural expression and activism.
52 minutes
Sunday, October 8 @ 1pm
ODC Theater

Raising Voices

SFDFF 2023 Love A State Of Grace
Filmed over four days in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, “Love, A State of Grace” is a multifaceted immersive meditation on vulnerability, courage, and loving attunement to our common humanity, told through the mesmerizing art of aerial dance.
(United States, 2022) 34 minutes
Sunday, October 8 @ 3:00pm
ODC Theater
Live Performance Capture

Love, A State of Grace & futile/gestures...

SFDFF 2023 Bay Area Shorts
SFDFF continues its annual tradition of supporting local artists with this closing night celebration of dance, film, and community.
50 minutes
Sunday, October 8 @ 6:00pm
ODC Theater

Bay Area Shorts–Part 1

SFDFF 2023 Bay Area Shorts Part 2
SFDFF continues its annual tradition of supporting local artists with this closing night celebration of dance, film, and community.
50 minutes
Sunday, October 8 @ 7:30pm
ODC Theater

Bay Area Shorts–Part 2

Streaming on ODC Connect, Oct 5 - 15

SFDFF 2023 Streaming Dancing The Archive
What is an archive? This program explores the possibilities from the merging of multi-media documentation to the reframing of personal practice
43 minutes
October 5 - October 15
Streaming on ODC Connect

Dancing the Archive – Streaming

SFDFF 2023 Streaming Live Performance Capture
Each of these three films takes a distinct approach to capturing the ineffable vitality of live performance.
92 minutes
October 5 - October 15
Streaming on ODC Connect

Live Performance Captures – Captured Liv...

SFDFF 2023 Streaming Raising Voices
SFDFF’s 5th annual Raising Voices shorts program spotlights the work of traditionally under-represented artists and amplifies their powerful messages of social justice and belonging.
52 minutes
October 5 - October 15
Streaming on ODC Connect

Raising Voices – Streaming

SFDFF 2023 Streaming Telephone
“Telephone” is an activist screendance documentary celebrating emotionally rich, poetic audio description for dance, which allows blind and visually impaired people to be included fully in the joy of artistic expression.
(United States, 2022) 43 minutes
October 5 - October 15
Streaming on ODC Connect

Telephone

SFDFF 2023 Streaming Just Short Of Reality
“Just Short of Reality” is a series of interlocking shorts that show the mundane serendipities of everyday life through the genres of surrealism, silent film, and dance.
(Canada, 2022) 36:45 minutes
October 5 - October 15
Streaming on ODC Connect

Just Short of Reality – Streaming

2023 SFDFF Fall Festival Sponsors