Big Dance Shorts in partnership with British Council and Channel 4 in association with BAFTA
Funded by the British Council and Channel 4, we are delighted to announce a new series of Big Dance Shorts, this time focusing on the creative relationship between Brazil and the UK and supported additionally by the Brazilian Government.
Big Dance is looking for film ideas that engage actively and creatively with dance. There will be a total of five film commissions, each lasting no more than three minutes.
Each film must reflect a UK-Brazilian collaboration, either by way of the citizenship or residency of the collaborators – be they film-makers, performers, composers or choreographers – or in the theme of the film. This could mean a Brazilian choreographer working with a British director, or a Brazilian composer (whether resident in the UK, Brazil or elsewhere) working with British performers or an entirely Brazilian team working on a film whose subject matter is entirely British.
The ideas must be capable of being achieved on a budget of £4,000 GBP and pre-cleared for television broadcast on Channel 4 and Brazilian TV as well as for non-broadcast and festival events throughout the world. The relationship between dance and film must be at the heart of each of the film ideas. They can be stories, abstract, about a character or an animation, but they must engage and excite a broad audience and be inspired by dance.
Please read our guidelines carefully before making your application, downloadable here:
Big Dance Shorts submission guidelines and T&Cs in English PDF
Big Dance Shorts Regulamento em Português PDF
You can download an English application form here DOC.
Você pode fazer download de um formulário de candidatura português aqui, DOC.
Big Dance Shorts 2012
Following an open submission process, which prompted over 170 proposals, a long list of 11 projects was selected to pitch to a Jury. The five chosen projects received £4,000 and a package of support to make their film, including guidance from experienced Executive Producers Ivana MacKinnon (The Scouting Book for Boys; Slumdog Millionaire; The Descent 2) and Andrea Cornwell (Last days on Mars, Micro Men, The Scouting Book for Boys).
As part of a package of support for the film production teams, BAFTA facilitated a series of mentor meetings to discuss the projects and talk more generally about longer term careers in the industry. The final five projects were screened as part of Channel 4's Random Acts season in July 2012. The details of each and links to view them online can be found below.
VIDA LONGA (Screening: Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 24:10) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/301)
Choreographer: Ponciano Almeida
Performers: Mestre Joao Grande & Mestre Ponciano Almeida
Production Mgr: Marketa Krivdova
Production Co.: Bertie Films Ltd.
Visually rich and culturally loaded, ‘Vida Longa’ is an intimate journey, a simple game, between one of the oldest and youngest Capoeira Masters in history.
SWIM (Screening: Friday, 13 July 2012 at 23:40) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/304)
Director: The Brothers McLeod
Choreographer: Struan Leslie
Producer: Greg McLeod
Production Co.: The Brothers McLeod
The ebb and flow of a journey to work.
THE HOLLOWAY LAUNDRETTE (Screening: Monday, 9 July 2012 at 23:40) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/300)
Director: Felix Harrison & Kate Prince
Choreographer: Kate Prince
Performers: Natasha Gooden & Robert Anker
Producer: Tom Booth
Production Co.: Contented Productions
In a sleepy laundrette a curious girl follows a mysterious young man through the door of a washing machine...
DOUBLE TAKE (Screening: Thursday, 12 July 2012 at 24:10) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/303)Director: Sam Hodges
Choreographer: Ben Duke
Performers: Michael & Jeremy Hodges
Producer: Sophie Vickers
Production Co.: Greene Light Films
Inspired by real-life events, DOUBLE TAKE is a story of family rivalry and reconciliation along a trail of forgotten memories.
THE CLICK (Screening: Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 23:05) (http://randomacts.channel4.com/#view/302)
Director: Heather Eddington
Choreographer: Pete Shenton & Tom Roden of New Art Club
Performers: Pete Shenton & Tom Roden of New Art Club
Production Co.: Tigerlily Films
Two men, Tom and Pete, embark on an epic physical journey evolving before your eyes. They seek to define and express the symbiotic relationship between rhythm and movement…or do they? This film is a witty and lighthearted wink at contemporary dance!