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92Y Harkness Dance Center presents the Mobile Dance Film Festival Online!

92Y Harkness Dance Center presents the Mobile Dance Film Festival Online!


92Y Harkness Dance Center


92nd Street Y


Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:00pm daily through August 31, 2020


92Y Harkness Dance Center

92Y announces the third annual 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festival — the only dance film festival featuring works shot entirely on mobile devices — July 25-August 31. The Festival explores the magic that happens at the intersection of choreography, camerawork and editing—revealing new dimensions in movement and offering intimate access and up-close perspectives on the physical and spatial dynamics of dance.

An international jury of dance filmmakers chose 30 films as Official Selections out of more than 152 submissions from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Russia Uruguay and the US. The Official Selections include the Festival’s first-ever animated mobile dance film.

New to this year’s Festival: 13 “Quarantine Screen” selections. The submission period for this year’s Festival was still open when COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns began and out of necessity, filmmakers needed to utilize social-distancing practices and techniques such as Zoom and FaceTime, Tik Tok’s “Don’t Rush” challenge, and split-screen dueting. MDFF creator Andrew Chapman realized it would be difficult to measure these films against the more “traditional” techniques available to pre-pandemic artists and created a separate category.

The Festival also includes a separate screening of the new documentary Bent But Not Broken starring dancers with scoliosis, shot on mobile devices during the pandemic. This is the first documentary for the Festival and is followed by a discussion with the film's director Paige Fraser, choreographer Rena Butler and MDFF creator Andrew Chapman. 

The MDFF premiere place on July 25 and runs through August 31, with five programs of screenings, all available for $5.

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