Big Dance Shorts in partnership with British Council and Channel 4 in association with BAFTA
Funded by the British Council and Channel 4, Big Dance Shorts has returned, this time focusing on the creative relationship between Brazil and the UK and supported additionally by the Brazilian Government.
Five new dance films will be made between now and May 2014 to be broadcast on Channel 4 next summer and screened to live audiences across the UK and Brazil during Big Dance Week 2014.
Each film reflects a UK-Brazilian collaboration, and the relationship between dance and film is at the heart of all the ideas. The selected projects are:
THE TRY OUT which marks choreographer/director Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre Temple’s first commission for television. The Try Out is a funny and surreal story around a Brazilian Choro-style band
MEMORIAS to be filmed on location in São Paulo; a moving collaboration between film-director Bertie, Brazilian filmmaker Azul Serra, choreographer Ponciano Almeida and the Guarini Dance Company
NEITHER HERE OR THERE Sergio Cruz, Andre Portasio and choreographer Tamarin Stott look at questions of belonging and displacement between UK and Brazil, working primarily with leading ballet dancers Junor Souza and Fernanda Oliveira
STREAM Jonzi D, Margaret Williams A free-style love triangle to be filmed on a journey through the streets of Rio de Janeiro, with hip hop at its heart
DANCING WITH GHOSTS a lyrical archive-based film from Billy Cowie and Gabriela Alcofra combining British and Brazilian film clips from 1930s with a contemporary dancer.
The five Big Dance Shorts commissions were shortlisted by a panel of experts drawn from UK/Brazil’s film and dance worlds with final selection made during the Rio International Film Festival and at BAFTA.
The winning films will go into production this autumn with the full support of experienced industry experts and produced by MJW PRODUCTIONS LTD, one of the leading makers of dance-film in the UK and Dança em Foco festival in Brazil, an international dance film festival based in Rio de Janeiro. Big Dance Shorts offers an exciting high profile platform for choreographic and directorial talent on screen.
The completed films will be broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 during Big Dance Week as part of the Random Acts strand and in Brazil in summer 2014 before going on to numerous screenings as part of Big Dance’s nationwide programme of events.
Big Dance Shorts 2012
Following an open submission process, which prompted over 170 proposals, a long list of 11 projects was selected to pitch to a Jury. The five chosen projects received £4,000 and a package of support to make their film, including guidance from experienced Executive Producers Ivana MacKinnon (The Scouting Book for Boys; Slumdog Millionaire; The Descent 2) and Andrea Cornwell (Last days on Mars, Micro Men, The Scouting Book for Boys).
As part of a package of support for the film production teams, BAFTA facilitated a series of mentor meetings to discuss the projects and talk more generally about longer term careers in the industry. The final five projects were screened as part of Channel 4's Random Acts season in July 2012. The details of each and links to view them online can be found below.
VIDA LONGA (Screening: Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 24:10) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/301)
Choreographer: Ponciano Almeida
Performers: Mestre Joao Grande & Mestre Ponciano Almeida
Production Mgr: Marketa Krivdova
Production Co.: Bertie Films Ltd.
Visually rich and culturally loaded, ‘Vida Longa’ is an intimate journey, a simple game, between one of the oldest and youngest Capoeira Masters in history.
SWIM (Screening: Friday, 13 July 2012 at 23:40) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/304)
Director: The Brothers McLeod
Choreographer: Struan Leslie
Producer: Greg McLeod
Production Co.: The Brothers McLeod
The ebb and flow of a journey to work.
THE HOLLOWAY LAUNDRETTE (Screening: Monday, 9 July 2012 at 23:40) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/300)
Director: Felix Harrison & Kate Prince
Choreographer: Kate Prince
Performers: Natasha Gooden & Robert Anker
Producer: Tom Booth
Production Co.: Contented Productions
In a sleepy laundrette a curious girl follows a mysterious young man through the door of a washing machine...
DOUBLE TAKE (Screening: Thursday, 12 July 2012 at 24:10) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/303)Director: Sam Hodges
Choreographer: Ben Duke
Performers: Michael & Jeremy Hodges
Producer: Sophie Vickers
Production Co.: Greene Light Films
Inspired by real-life events, DOUBLE TAKE is a story of family rivalry and reconciliation along a trail of forgotten memories.
THE CLICK (Screening: Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 23:05) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/302)
Director: Heather Eddington
Choreographer: Pete Shenton & Tom Roden of New Art Club
Performers: Pete Shenton & Tom Roden of New Art Club
Production Co.: Tigerlily Films
Two men, Tom and Pete, embark on an epic physical journey evolving before your eyes. They seek to define and express the symbiotic relationship between rhythm and movement…or do they? This film is a witty and lighthearted wink at contemporary dance!