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!
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS WITH A BOLD LINEUP OF TRULY INDEPENDENT FILMS
The unstoppable festival, for two decades a champion of independent filmmakers, takes over the TCL Chinese Theaters with 75 world premieres, 36 west coast premieres, and opening and closing night films from DWF alumni.
The fiercely independent film festival Dances With Films (DWF) announced today its 2017 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for its 20th annual edition. Opening the festival on June 1 are two alumni projects: filmmaker David Heinz’s modern musical, AMERICAN FOLK in its Los Angeles debut and the world premiere of Tamar Halpern’s intellectual thriller, MISSING IN EUROPE. Another DWF alumni project, AUSTIN FOUND, by director Will Raée, closes the festival with its world premiere on June 11.
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.
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.
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!