2019 Programs
Welcome to the program lineup for the 10th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. This year we are celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary. We are excited to bring to you a rich lineup of feature length dance films and short programs that reflect our growth over the last decade and also gives a nod to how we envision our future.

Festival Dates: October 18 - 25.
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2019 Festival Programs

Welcome to the program lineup for the 10th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Join us in our tenth year of sharing dance films. We feature dancers from all over the world who use this art form to celebrate life, reflect  on current events, and give expression to our innermost thoughts.

Feature Length Films

Queen & Béjart: Ballet For Life
Ballet for Life was a unique collaboration between three huge cultural brands: Queen, Versace and the visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart. At its heart is the loss of two legendary performers, Freddie Mercury and dancer Jorge Donn, both of whom died of AIDS in the early 1990s.
Lynne Wake
Maurice Béjart

Queen & Béjart: Ballet For Life

Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Nacho Duato, SFDFF 2019
… a masterpiece which, according to critics, has reached heights deemed hitherto impossible on the landscape of modern arts.
Andreas Paeper
Nacho Duato

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

Mari
Drama, dance and death innovatively collide in Georgia Parris’ life-affirming debut feature starring renowned contemporary dancer Bobbi Jene Smith. ★★★★ “Stirringly adventurous… A startling level of achievement.”The Guardian
Georgia Parris
Maxine Doyle

Mari

Lil Buck: Real Swan, SFDFF 2019
In the ghetto where Lil Buck grew up, violence and poverty are everywhere—but dance is keeping people alive and proud.
Louis Wallecan
Lil Buck

Lil Buck: Real Swan

Akram Khan’s Giselle | 2019 SF Dance Film Festival
One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is the first full length work choreographed by Akram Khan. < br /> < br /> ★★★★★ – “Staggeringly beautiful” —Daily Express
Akram Khan
Akram Khan

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Betroffenheit, SFDFF 2019
Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, the award-winning Betroffenheit is a boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance that explores the psychological states of trauma, grief and addiction.
Jeff Tudor
Crystal Pite

Betroffenheit

Orphee et Eurydice, SFDFF 2019
Staged by acclaimed director-choreographer John Neumeier and produced in collaboration with The Joffrey Ballet
Matthew Diamond
John Neumeier

Orphée et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of C…

Répétition(s) | 2019 SF Dance Film Festival
A rare and privileged glimpse as two star dancers embrace the challenge of having one week to learn and rehearse choreographer Ohad Naharin’s B/olero.
Catherine Ginier-Gillet, Luc Pagès
Ohad Naharin

Répétition(s)

Thierrée / Shechter / Pérez / Pite, SFDFF 2019
An evening with the Paris Opera Ballet under the sign of contemporary dance, directed by Cédric Klapisch and Miguel Octave!
Cédric Klapisch, Miguel Octave
James Thierrée, Hofesh Shechter, Iván Pérez, Crystal Pite

Four Choreographers of our Time at the P…

From Knee to Heart | 2019 SF Dance Film Festival
Documentary portrait of the career of Spanish dancer and choreographer Sol Picó
Susanna Barranco
Sol Picó

From Knee to Heart

Tchaikovsky Pro Et Contra, SFDFF 2019
The ballet itself is the result of Boris Eifman’s years-long contemplation of the great composer’s personality and creative world.
Boris Eifman
Boris Eifman

TCHAIKOVSKY PRO et CONTRA

SFDFF 2019 Romeo and Juliet
Reimagined as a narrative feature and shot on location in Budapest, this film by International Emmy Award-winning directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt brings the Shakespeare classic, and Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s celebrated choreography to the big screen.
Michael Nunn, William Trevitt
Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Romeo and Juliet Ballet Boyz

Dancing on Icebergs
See the intense fragility and austere beauty of the polar landscape, while witnessing the current crisis it is facing from climate change.
Corey Baker

Dancing on Icebergs

Shorts Programs

Virtual Reality Room, SFDFF 2019
Immerse yourself in dance as you virtually step inside the frame with this exhibition of 360°/VR films. SFDFF’s 2019 VR ...
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Virtual Reality Experience Room

Brava Kick-Off Shorts, SFDFF 2019
SFDFF kicks off a four-day run at Brava Theater SFDFF kicks off a four-day run at Brava Theater with a ...
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Brava Theater Kick-Off

Four Corners of The World
Four films from four countries — Columbia, Iran, China, and India — demonstrate the timelessness of the world’s most universal ...
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Four Corners of The World

Women on the Move, SFDFF 2019
A unique collection of female-directed films that brings to light the many facets of womanhood. We meet women challenged with ...
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Women On The Move

Raising Voices, Social Justice, SFDFF 2019
Weaving mini documentaries and experimental shorts spanning a wide cross-section of the dance community, Raising Voices celebrates the work of ...
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Raising Voices

Northern Exposure
From the casually playful Finnish directors of SFDFF’s 2017 award-winning short Cold Storage, comes Fram, a documentary about two friends ...
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Northern Exposure

Kids Dance Flix Festival Preview
Presenting a matinee program of short animated and live-action dance films for young audiences. Followed by a live performance by ...
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Kids Dance Flix

SFDFF Closing Night 2019, Bar Area Shorts + Festival Awards
For the festival's closing night, seventeen short films by Bay Area artists will be screened in this annual event celebrating ...
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SFDFF Closing Night 2019
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