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.
ALUM RIZ STORY’S A WINTER ROSE SET TO OPEN
A WINTER ROSE – written, directed and produced by two-time alum Riz Story – is now open in theatres! The film world premiered at DWF18 as it opened the festival. With 4 original songs hitting the BILLBOARD Hot Singles Chart Top Ten List, the film is a crowd pleaser!
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, debuted on VOD through Freestyle Digital Media on October 18, 2016.
DANCES WITH FILMS IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES!!!
The 20th installment of Dances With Films is now open for submissions as the festival gears up, setting 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.
BEACON POINT SIGNS DISTRO DEAL!
BEACON POINT signs distro deal with Uncork’d Entertainment! Congrats to Eric Blue and his crew at BlueLantern Films and be sure to catch BEACON POINT in early 2017!
THE OYLER HOUSE FINDS DISTRIBUTION
The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat went on to sign with First Run Features for distribution, and is currently close to signing some new deals in the 4K/UHD space. Since then I finished and sold a new film, Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders, which hit #1 on iTunes’ documentaries when it was released in February. I’m starting festival submissions now for my newest doc, Happy, about a WWII fighter ace who was burned in a crash, but recovered to assistant direct numerous Hollywood classics.
Many new filmmakers creating short films are always on the look out for “Oscar Qualifying film festivals” – but did you know that having your film in such a fest simply because of it’s qualifying status is pretty meaningless and that – if you’re lucky enough to get into DWF – you probably have a better shot at getting qualified? Here’s why.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
DWF was named as one of the 10 U.S. film festivals you should know about according to Culture Trip! Some pretty awesome festivals on this list!
TWO DOCS CONSIDERED!
FOOLS COMING TO VOD
Since winning the Audience Award at Dances With Films (2015), FOOLS has gone on to screen at seventeen film festivals, and win awards at five. FOOLS won Best Alternative Feature at the Garden State Film Festival; Best Feature Film at the Tulsa American Film Festival; Best IL/WI Film at the Beloit International Film Festival; and a Jury Commendation at the Durango Independent Film Festival. It will be available on VOD later this year.
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!