Flatlands Dance Film Festival

The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is dedicated to supporting and presenting Dance Cinema, a medium which explores and innovates the intersections between filmmaking and dance making. The festival builds educational platforms, encourages dialogue and promotes a diverse range of cultural perspectives from around the globe.

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FDFF recognizes the vast potential where choreography and the screen reside together. Dance at Illinois supports and presents this medium because the moving image reflects the very nature of motion itself, the meeting point of filmmaking and dance.  Dance Cinema provides greater access for audiences and provides more opportunities for visual/movement artists to utilize technology from a choreographic perspective. 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). In 2019, we welcomed Laura Chiaramonte as our new FDFF director.

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  • Showcase 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.
  • Host a film competition for aspiring dance/film makers.
  • Encourage dialogue
  • Generate programming that promotes diverse perspectives: Each year, the festival will focus on specific themes and subject matter and showcase international and national artists in dance, performance, visual art, cinema, and media arts.
Bella Lewitzky dancing

Ninth Annual Flatlands Dance Film Festival

The Ninth Annual
Flatlands Dance Film Festival
Director: Laura Chiaramonte

Feature Film:

Saturday, August 27th

7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St.
Urbana, IL 61801

$10 general admission
$5 students and seniors

Seating is limited

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