News: Big Dance - Short Films

Tuesday 28 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

Five short films made by choreographers and filmmakers are being commissioned by Big Dance and Channel 4, in association with BAFTA. The films will be broadcast on Channel 4 and screened to live audiences across the country during Big Dance Week (7 – 15 July).

The winning teams (from a total 170 proposals) were announced today.

Place Prize winner Ben Duke is collaborating with director Sam Hodges on Double Take – which is “inspired by real-life events, a story of family rivalry and reconciliation along a trail of forgotten memories.”

Zoonation’s Kate Prince will be working with director Felix Harrison to make On the Otherside in which “a curious girl follows a mysterious young man through the door of a washing machine in a sleepy laundrette”

Struan Leslie (Head of Movement at the RSC) works with The Brothers McLeod on Swim , promising “the ebb and flow of a journey to work”.

Pete Shenton and Tom Roden (aka comedy/contemporary dance duo New Art Club ), collaborating with director Heather Eddington are almost certain to deliver “a witty and lighthearted wink at contemporary dance!” in The Click

Vida Longa , choreographed by Poncia Almeida with director Bertie will be “an intimate journey, a simple game, between one of the oldest and youngest Capoeira Masters in history.”

The selection was made by a jury including Tabitha Jackson, Arts Commissioning Editor Channel 4, choreographer Akram Khan, director Kevin Macdonald, producer, BAFTA Chair, Nik Powell and Jacqueline Rose , Director Big Dance. Each project, which go into produciton this Spring, will receive £4,000 and a package of support to make their film, including guidance from executive producers Ivana Mackinnon and Andrea Cornwall.

Jacqueline Rose said: “We were delighted with the scale and quality of the proposals we received for Big Dance Shorts. Within our partnership with Channel 4, we wanted to create a touchstone for new ideas that we hope will lead to more opportunities for choreographers to step into the broadcast medium. We are immensely grateful to the amazing array of senior figures in film and dance who have agreed to help these artists to achieve their work and get it shown nationally.”

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