Flatlands Dance Film Festival

Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum

A Note from Jan Erkert, Head of Dance at Illinois

We deeply appreciate the folks who brought the Flatlands Dance Film Festival to life—Mark Rhodes brought the initial idea to the Dance Partners Advancement Committee (Fran Ansel, Diane Baker, Kathleen Conlin, Mary Perlstein) and Becky Ferrell became the director in 2015. In 2019, we welcome Laura Chiaramonte as our new FDFF director!


Each fall, we present a variety of films and shorts dedicated to dance performance, dance for camera, influential artists in the field, and the social impact of dance across the world. The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is also host to a film competition for aspiring dance filmmakers.

We believe our festival exemplifies our commitment to promoting and expanding the role of dance in our community. As we strive to present stellar performances on our stages, we recognize the vast potential for the choreographic to infuse the cinematic.

This year's Flatlands Dance Film Festival will be August 30-31, 2019, at the Spurlock Museum

Friday, August 30: Feature film screening, 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 31: Short Films Competition screening, 7:00 pm

Tickets per screening: $10 general, $5 student/senior. Tickets are sold at the door 30 minutes prior to each screening. 

La Chana

The festival opens on Friday, August 30, with the festival's feature-length film, La Chana. With depth, humor, and pathos, La Chana, directed by Lucija Stojevic, celebrates the charisma and flair of a self-taught gypsy flamenco dancer who in the 1960s-80s rose to international stardom. Filled with footage of spectacular flamenco dance and music, this film brings us under the skin and into the irrepressible spirit of this eccentric woman with an uncanny gift for rhythm who, despite all odds, enjoys a comeback in her late 60s.

Short Films Competition

Saturday, August 31, will be the adjudicated Short Films Competition, highlighting 16 short dance films from a variety of countries. A panel of local community members adjudicated 712 submissions from 69 countries.