Divulge Dancers' Film Festival 2019

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DIVULGE Dancer’s Film Festival (DF2) is a unique yearly event that offers dancers, choreographers and filmmakers a chance to DIVULGE their story with both on screen and live dance performances.


There is no other film festival like it that focuses solely on promoting the stories of dancers, their impact, and the influence they have in our community, as well as reveal their creative minds portrayed through motion picture.


DF2 is poised to feature short and feature-length dance movies, dance documentary, dance videos, narrative dance videos, and music videos. It prioritizes films that are done with captivating storylines, cinematography, and creative choreography.


This year’s event which will be held on November 23-24, 2019  at the historic and beautiful Barnsdall  Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, CA, is extra special.  We are in collaboration with Smush Dance International and South Coast Alliance. There will be live dance performances, dance workshops and cultural tour along with the film screenings.  


Everyone welcome to this unique and vibrant dance event - The Dancers' Festival.  

Further info: www.smushdance.com



DF2 is the first film festival that focuses more on the dancers’ narrative stories (i.e. what dance is to them, how dance changes and enriches their lives, what sacrifices they have made for dance, etc…) rather than on their artwork. There are numerous dance film festivals around the world, but this is the only one designed to focus on a dancer’s inspirations and motivations, not just their dance technique. It’s a collection of both artistic and highly emotional, personal stories from dancers all around the world, shared with the audience through music, movement, and of course film.






[Program and schedule will posted soon]



“Sound and Sole” by: Cara Hagan, USA (6:30)

Description: Arthur Grimes was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains. He is the only professionally working, African-American buck dancer in Boone, North Carolina. In this short documentary, Arthur recounts his dance journey from eager youth to professional master, gives us a glimpse into his performance experience, and demonstrates his deep love for Appalachian music, dance and history.


“Ruminate” by: Severine Re, USA (7:00)

Description: Ruminate is a short dance film about taking a chance on love regardless of what could go wrong.


“The Field” by: Holly Wilder, USA (6:55)

Description: Do you ever wish you could shut off all the voices in your head? Who are you when the voices go quiet, even if just for a moment?


“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.” -Rumi




“Walls of Limerick” by: Maire Dee, Ireland (7:31)

Description: This film is a statement on the psychological effects that harsh political borders have on people. It offers the viewer a window into the dancers’ internal worlds, where they go to escape from their bleak, oppressive reality. Gravity’s pull is constantly changing planes in this world and they have the freedom to articulate their feelings through movement. Both together and alone, they are able to express themselves and a bond is formed. As the distress and anxiety builds from external forces, their only way out is up the wall that both divides and supports them. With an army at their back and freedom in their hearts, the dancers struggle and fight to overcome the barriers in their way.


“Swing Time” By: Brian Hollins, USA (9:58)

Description:  Seeing a 1930s swing dance troupe on TV inspires a young couple to call their friends, step back in time, and dance their way across Art Deco San Francisco


“Akin” by: Stephan Valema, Netherland (3:23)

Description: Based on an interview given by Guy Ritchie, the following can be concluded. 
Every woman or man has two identities; the identity given at birth, deep within themselves, and an identity they feel is projected upon them by the outside world. There has to be a reconciliation between the two.  As we step into a moment in Jason Ritchie’s downwards spiraling life after he experienced a severe trauma, we quickly learn that within himself there is the solution to his pain. There is no outside world except for what he makes of it. He must become the master of his life, even through pain and failure. He finds this answer by accidentally passing out into a state of meditation and dance.


“Etch” by: Lewis Gourlay, UK (7:00)

Description: ‘Etch’ is a Screen Dance from choreographer and director Abby Warrilow. She brings a skilled team of professionals together to create an extraordinary, beautiful and unique piece of film. 


“Free” by: Ben Hartley, USA (11:30)

Description: A Young plantation worker is secretly taught to read and write by his masters wife. Using only the air as their blackboard, this random act of kindness provided an education that paved the way from slavery to freedom.

“The Stop” by: Liudmila Komrakova, Russia (4:57)

Description: After a dispute in the car, a woman exits and goes to the bus stop. There she meets another and it is love at first sight - then the driver returns..


“Sirens Tango” by: Lisa Le Lievre, USA (11:46)

Description: A series of men are lured to their destruction when they engage in a steamy tango with a seductive dance partner. With a lush musical score, Jazz Age costumes, and visually striking cinematography, this evocative short film uses the tango as a metaphor for life’s tempting interruptions.


“Still with me” by: Jayvee Salunga, USA (3:46) 

Description: A narrative dance music video about a woman dealing with the memory of her past love.


“Loaded” by: Heidi Duckler, USA  (9:57)

Description: Created for the Ford Theatre's loading dock and transformed by Duckler into an arresting site-specific work, LOADED focuses on our society as we contemplate the implications of erecting walls – both physical and psychological – Exploring how borders manifest in shared space. HDD dancers include Raymond Ejiofor, Lenin Fernandez, Micaela Taylor and Himerria Wortham with live music composed and performed by Justin Scheid and Sarah Belle Reid.




“Anasa” by: Thomas Delord, France/Belgium (4:03)

Description: The right to breath and to feel the fall. Earthquake. Inside or outside.  A connection through matter and its dissolution.  The earth, the stone, the sand, the sea. 
Bodies. Connected.  Dry flowers pushing out from the sand. Dissolving.  Filled bodies, unstoppable. Earth bodies, floating inside or outside.  The right to exist, to simply be.


“Jack be Nimble” by: Keely Song, USA (6:06)

Description : Dancing rendition of the beloved nursery rhyme "Jack Be Nimble".


“King” by: Chris Yang, Taiwan  (2:22)

Description: A dance cover for the song "King" by Charisma. A song describing women breaking free and being who they want to be.




“Danzantes” by: Juan Vicente Chulia, Spain (01:22:00)

Description: Danzantes is a documentary about Dance that expands the subject to a global, transversal cultural conversation. Dance as art, as therapy, as communication, as self expression in a film that takes a snapshot of what it means to dance in today's world.


“Level Up” by: Stephane Benini, France (12:06)

Description: A short documentary about Litefeet, a vibrant hybrid dance that was born in Harlem and the Bronx, which spreads internationally to Paris and Tokyo - where the Litefeet Nation run battles.


“Siéva” by: Jenni Nyberg, Finland (57:16)

Description: SIÉVA follows a group of young dancers showing how they use siéva to express their insecurities and dreams. For Moona, siéva speaks to her sense of herself as someone who is shrinking. Her lyrical siéva moves are both a vision of this shyness and a means of transcending it. Sointu’s dancing deals with the tension between our inner sense of identity and how outsiders see us, while Nala’s dancing deals with our hopes and anxieties. As a film, SIÈVA is a vision of a new form of street dance, a style that finds strength in self-doubt and power in gentleness. 


“Dancing 7 Cities” by: Nicholas Rowe, New Zealand  (54:40)

Description: Award-winning community dance artist Nicholas Rowe journeys through seven cities to explore how very diverse dancers respond to their urban landscapes. Filmed in Laos, Fiji, Lebanon, Italy, Palestine, Finland and Australia, this dance film weaves performances from marginalized community groups, to question how creating dances together can foster a sense of belonging. 


“Draw A Line” by: Benedict Mirow, Germany (01:22:00)

Description: The documentary accompanies Richard Siegal and Ballet of Difference during the rehearsals for On Body up to the celebrated world premieres in Cologne and Munich. It shows how the diverse troupe blossoms into one of the best modern dance companies of today. Mirow also shot in Lagos, Nigeria to trace the African roots of Siegal’s style with which he transformed the German dance scene. A film about artistic freedom, the rousing power of electronic music and the brutal passion, painful discipline and touching sensuality of dance.


“Beyond Hip hop” Ricky Carranza, Finland (01:05:00)

Description: An educational documentary about finding the real definition of hip hop dance in contrast to street dance.  It is an in-depth examination of the culture & its elements carefully conducted by a legendary former Soul Train dancer OG Skeeter Rabbit.   Hiphop dance culture is a vibrant and huge money-making business today, but, the world does not even know what to call it.  Is the proper term hip hop or street dance?  To the general public, it may not really matter.  But, to the dancers who profess this as lifestyle, definition and terminology are vital.  The popularity is increasing, but, the knowledge and understanding keep decreasing. It's time to look at this subject closely not only to honor and protect the welfare of its faithful followers, but, more so to help preserve the real essence of the culture .  OG Skeeter Rabbit goes back in time to examine the development, the core elements and the confusion surrounding the phenomena, 


DF2 is poised to feature short and feature-length dance movies, dance documentary, dance videos, narrative dance videos, and music videos. It prioritizes films that are done with captivating storylines, cinematography, and creative choreography.

All forms of performance are accepted (i.e. Monologue, dialogue, non-verbal, with or without music, animation, etc.) with original/copyright approved music and original choreography with free and creative expression using different dance styles:


Bboying, Locking, Popping, Hiphop, House, Vogue, Waacking, Krumping Mixed styles, 

Reggaeton, Choreography, MTV, Pop, K-Pop

Indigenous tribal/village dance 
Oriental dance


Ballet Jazz Modern/Contemporary Show dance, Tap, Irish dance, Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Latin mix, Belly dance

Pole dance, Any dance style that is yet to be discovered and promoted.







This is not a form of freestyle video or live performance. This Film must be done with original/copyright approved music and original choreography with free and creative expression using different dance styles.  We are seeking for artistic style, storytelling and cinematography. 


Official music video for original music. Video must be done with original/copyright approved music and original choreography. We are seeking for artistic style, storytelling, and cinematography. 


A full-length film can be fiction,non-fiction or artistic expression that is related to dance and or dancers.


This is not a live performance. The video has to tell a story or a message with the use of dance. The narrative story has to be expressed with choreography and other kinds of medium. Dance musicals are also welcome. Film must be done with original music and choreography. We are seeking for artistic style, storytelling and cinematography. 


A short film can be fiction, artistic expression, or documentary that is related to dance and or dancers that is worth telling. 


A  documentary that is related to dance and or dancers that is worth telling. 


-All films accepted to screen at the festival must be in NTSC, DOLBY DIGITAL SOUND. Films accepted to screen at the festival must be submitted on a thumb drive and sent by mail. In addition, the submitter must provide a tracking number of the parcel and a link to a backup copy of the film online. ** Due to theater requirements, the theater must have a physical copy of the film. 

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