JUNE 1 – 11, 2017
Dances With films, now in its 20th year, champions the unflinching spirit at the very core of the independent film scene. While the vast majority of film fests rely heavily on celebrity, we have relied on the innovation, talent, creativity and sweat equity that revolutionized the entertainment industry. And that reliance continues to prove successful with alumni moving on to write, direct and produce celebrity-studded vehicles, star in blockbuster movies and television series, produce multi-million dollar films and create hit TV shows. Oh…. and we even have several OSCAR® nominees… In a world of homogenized, formulaic film festivals, DWF continues to defy the rules.
DANCES WITH FILMS READIES TO OPEN FOR ENTRIES
The 20th installment of Dances With Films will open its doors for submissions in the next couple weeks as it sets its sights on the ever expanding festival to roll out in 2017. Last June brought tremendous growth to the festival having its 5th year at the Chinese Theatres as it launched Dances With Pilots, a TV and Webisode division. That division along with the 4th installment of Dances With Kidz! (films made for kids and films made by kids) will continue to expand DWF’s championing of top work from the independent scene.
DEBUT FEATURE OF MICHAEL DAVID LYNCH SET TO OPEN
“We first viewed this film and laughed out loud at the sold out screening at the Dances With Films Festival in June,” said Bill Vergos, Vice President of Operations for Freestyle Digital Media. “We knew it was a perfect fit for us and we aggressively pursued it.” Freestyle Digital Media, the recently-acquired Digital Film Distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired the North American rights to the highly-anticipated comedy DEPENDENT’S DAY. The film, directed by Michael David Lynch, debuts on VOD through Freestyle Digital Media on October 18, 2016.
2016 DANCES WITH FILMS AWARD WINNERS AT CLOSING FESTIVAL GALA
“VIRTUAL REVOLUTION” And “NEXT STOP” taking top prizes
(LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13, 2016) The Dances With Films, the paradigmatic Film Festival in Los Angeles announced their Awards winners at Sunday’s Awards Gala and the closing night of its 19th Festival edition. This year’s Dances With Films (DWF) showcased an exceptional and diverse group of filmmakers premiering 161 films, with the competitive lineup including 16 narrative features and 31 short films. The 47 competitive films line-up with a record 47 premieres – 22 World, 3 North American, 1 US premieres, 15 West Coast, 2 California, 1 Los Angeles, and 3 Southern California.
LIFE OF THE PARTY – directed by Jeff Lorch, won DWF’s 2016 Short Film Challenge sponsored by Blackmagic Design.
10 filmmakers were given the opportunity to create a 2 minute short film during the festival using a little inspiration from our favorite spirit… Hendrick’s Gin.
All the films were shot with Blackmagic URSA Mini cameras – the world’s lightest handheld Super 35 digital film camera!
THE BREAK-IN, which signed a deal at the 2015 festival, opens in theatres in Sweden this coming January!… plus will be available on DVD/VOD throughout the U.S. and Canada. Congrats to filmmakers Marcus Ovnell and Jenny Lampa! On top of that – they are rumored to be working with fellow DWF alum Zack Parker on some upcoming projects. The Break-In