Unable to see the Dance Camera West Festival 2021 extraordinary collection of 31 dance films back in January of this year? Well, Dance Camera West (DCW) has supplied you with a second chance! It was just announced that the DCW 2021 Virtual Film Festival will run March 31 to April 30, 2021 on OVID.tv. Once this period has passed, many of the films will continue to be available to OVID subscribers and any generated revenue will go directly to the filmmakers. Viewing is priced at $12 and is available for purchase here.

“The DCW 2021 Festival collection features five programs of dance films ranging from group dances in remote natural landscapes, urban spaces and studios around the world, to introspective solos that invite you to share space with dancers sheltering at home. A must-see for all fans of dance, this stunning homage is a way to experience it from a cinematic perspective.” DCW press release – March 30, 2021

The DCW festivals have always been presented in theaters or other in-person venues, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, DCW created the January Drive-In showings of the films and this virtual festival on OVID.tv to continue its mission to create revenue for artists through live events and distribution.

4 (Sweden) - Directed by Mariana Palacios and Adrian Del Arroyo - Dancers Sabine Groenendijk and Benjamin Behrends - Image courtesy of DCW

4 (Sweden) – Directed by Mariana Palacios and Adrian Del Arroyo – Dancers Sabine Groenendijk and Benjamin Behrends – Image courtesy of DCW

The 31 finalists whose films made their World, U.S. and/or LA premiere were selected from over 250 international entries. The DCW press release states that “the virtual festival also includes the bonus collection Body Buildings by Outstanding Achievement Award winner Henrique Pina (Portugal), whose films Beast and Dusk were screened at the January Drive-In. Other award-winning films include Outstanding Achievement winner Adi Halfin (Germany) Earth Odyssey and Lost Horse, The Best of the Fest Award winner Robbie Synge (Scotland) Forest Floor, Garry Stewart (Australia) The Circadian Cycle, and Best Screen Adaptation Award winner Hofesh Shechter (England) Clowns. There is also a collection of short documentaries.”

As someone who had the opportunity to watch many of these dance films, I highly recommend that you not miss this second chance that DCW and OVID.tv have provided.

Film Synopses and biographies of all films can be found HERE.

About DCW:

Since co-founded by current Executive/Artistic Director Kelly Hargraves in 2000, Dance Camera West has connected diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing thousands of entertaining, challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Dance Camera West aims to foster groundbreaking talent and to encourage new work in the area of dance film by supporting creation, presentation and distribution of films. DCW presents an annual international festival held at renowned arts venues throughout Los Angeles, and informative and educational events throughout the year, to bring dance to the world beyond the stage and through the language of film.

About OVID:

OVID.tv is an innovative subscription streaming service launched with a collaborative effort between Docuseek, LLC and eight founding content partners. Today OVID works with thirty different content partners from around the world.

OVID is committed to openness and transparency, and publishes its title, partner, usage, and subscriber data on its recently launched blog, metafilm: metafilm.OVID.tv

OVID is available in the U.S. and Canada. New subscribers can sign-up for a free 14-day trial. After that, subscriptions are just $6.99/month or $69.99 for an annual subscription.

Written and compiled by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.

Featured image: International Dance: Los Angeles – “PAS DE QUOI” (Portugal) Directors: Paulo Filipe Monteiro, Choreographer: Amélia Bentes – Courtesy of TRK