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Joie de Vivre Dance Film Competition


We launched the Short Dance Film Competition in 2014. It gives an opportunity for celebration and recognition of excellent films for screen that feature older people dancing. The judges are Bob Lockyer (ex BBC), Diane Amans (freelance dancer), Fergus Early (Greencandle Dance) and Jane Hackett (freelance choreographer previously Director of Creative Learning at Sadlers Wells). They are looking for films which work in their entirety - bringing sound and vision together to make a captivating film of less than 5 minutes in length.

PDSW International Joie de Vivre Short Dance Film Competition 2017

Celebrating films featuring older dancers
Deadline : 12noon Wednesday 21 June 2017 (Midsummer’s Day)
Send to Zannah Doan e:
Films welcomed from every country in the world.
Read the Criteria, Competition Details and Background Information before completing and
returning your Application.

Celebrating films featuring older dancers

The competition is now closed. Winners will be announced soon!


The winners of the Joie de Vivre Dance Film Competition 2016

Move About It by Anna Heighway (Winner Documentary category)

Sketching by Julia Warr (Gold)

It's only ever now by Damn Fine Dance & Molly Wright (Silver)

A Rare Glimpse by Jane Turner (Bronze)

Judges: Fergus Early, Bob Lockyer, Diane Amans, Jane Hackett

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all applicants!

How to grow old gracefully: A review of an evening with the Company of Elders, where the winners of the 2016 competition were screened (December 2016).

Move About It from Anna Heighway on Vimeo.

Sketching from julia warr on Vimeo.

It's Only Ever Now by Damn Fine Dance from Pavilion Dance South West on Vimeo.

A Rare Glimpse from Jane Turner on Vimeo.

As an artform dance has the potential to engage the whole person – not just muscles and bones. – Diane Amans, 2016 Joie de Vivre judge

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