We can now announce the curators’ choice award for films submitted to the UK Awards category.
Canning Town is a dance film shot beneath its street lights, capturing desolate cityscapes that will soon no longer be there. House prices continue to rise and the redevelopers of East London are steadily encroaching from all sides. Fabiola Santana and her Mother Leah moved to Canning Town from Portugal in 2008. In 2018 they moved out. This film honours those 10 years by making a dance with the forces of union and separation – between two lovers, a mum and daughter, a country and its continent.
The film was selected by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Gitta Wigro from the films submitted to the UK screendance awards category.
The panel felt the film was an atmospheric psycho-geographic examination of a particular time and place in British history and pushed the screendance form in to new territory. Congratulations to the creative team Will Dickie, Fabiola Santana and Will Hanke.
Responding to the award the directors sent this statement. “Thank you to everyone at screen dance for hosting Canning Town, and for this super award! We were really thrilled to see our work amongst many high-quality films from around the world. We are so disappointed to have not been there with you to meet in person. At the same time, many of our friends and family from far and wide were able to experience the festival with us, which was great. We would like to give a special mention to Will Hanke for his camera work, and Fabiola’s mother Leah for her contribution and her love. We hope that we can offer this making process to other towns, cities, street corners and dancers in future. And continue to listen to public space with our bodies. Do get in touch with us if you have any comments or questions, we’d love to hear from you. WilL & Fabs x”
The panel felt a special mention in this awards category should also be made for the film ‘Swivel’ by Lois Norman
We can now announce the curators’ choice award for films submitted to the International Awards category.
The city of Venice with its lagoon is an example of a historic city that is at great risk of being swallowed by water. “Intertidal. Barene” is aimed at raising awareness of the issue that this ecosystem brings with it. A precise dialogue with the environment, consisting of natural elements and put in relation to the elements created by humans. The dancing language comes from a specific relationship with the location and perception through the lens of the camera.
The film was selected by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Gitta Wigro from the films submitted to the International screendance awards category.
The panel felt the film was an unhurried eco poetic portrayal of a fragile environment, guided by camera and choreography to raise awareness of urgent issues without the film seeming polemical. Congratulations to the whole production team for gaining 2 awards at the festival.
DRAMATURGY, PRODUCTION: Confluenze ARTISTIC DIRECTION, PERFORMER: Anja Dimitrijević DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, EDITOR: Laura Santini MUSIC COMPOSER, FOLEY ARTIST: Michele Deiana CHOREOGRAPHER: Paloma Leyton PROJECT ASSISTANT, CHOREOGRAPHER: Lucrezia Stenico COSTUME DESIGN: Anja Dimitrijević, Paloma Leyton, Laura Santini AUDIO PRODUCTION: Emanuele Frison (V.E.R-V.) GRAPHIC DESIGN: Alessandra Marin
They sent us a statement in response to the award. “Very delighted to receive this important recognition! We would like to thank all the people who helped us in the process of spreading awareness on this ecological topic through movement and film. The lagoon of Venice is a very dynamic ecosystem that has to deal with a continuous challenge to survive. We intend the concept of a city as not only the island of Venice, but as the whole lagoon. The lagoon area is also home to a vast biodiversity, including many bird species at risk of extinction. The Venetian Lagoon is the most enduring of the world due to the historical management of humans, and now it is facing a very delicate moment over a climate change epoch. In “Intertidal. Barene” the dancing body explores the liminal zones by shifting the focus on its delicate islands of salt marshes that might be still conserved. It searches for a de-anthropocentric dialogue where the body is embedded into a horizontal connection to the environment. The music becomes a multi-layered language that explores and evokes this reality and perceived condition. “
The panel would like to give a special mention to the films “Jah Intervention” , “4” and “Navigation” for their outstanding skills and impact in the programme.
The clear favourite voted for in the UK Audience choice award was “Bunny” Directed by James Copeman and Choreographed by Sophia Melvin. They responded to the announcement – “We made our funny little film to entertain… so we’re thrilled to hear that BUNNY did just that!”
You can see the trailer here:
The International Audience choice award was a much tighter contest but “Intertidal, Barene” was a front runner from the opening. Directed, produced and choreographed by this Italian arts collective Confluenze.
Happy to announce we are still running this event in collaboration with Summerhall in Edinburgh despite not being able to use their screening facilities.
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In response to the recent COVID-19 crisis and a reassessment of necessities for international travel Screen.Dance is planning new digital screening and live streaming platforms for the festival. Keep tuned for announcements!
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