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Joie de Vivre Dance Film Competition


We launched the Short Dance Film Competition in 2014 to celebrate and recognise excellent dance for camera films that feature older people dancing. The competition is judged by experts from the field of film and dance and include: Bob Lockyer (ex-BBC), Diane Amans (freelance dancer), Fergus Early (Green Candle Dance Company) and Jane Hackett (freelance choreographer previously Director of Creative Learning at Sadler's 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.

Thank you to all applicants for getting their films to us over the summer - it was a tough competition but we’re pleased to announce that we have 2 award winning films for 2017 - drum roll please! 

The Joie De Vivre Film Competition 2017 Gold Award goes to Tilføyelser, a collaboration between choreographer Anna Hegdahl and filmmaker Håkon Walter Iverson and produced by Dance in Trøndelag. Taking inspiration from the Falstad Centre in Norway, the film gives a voice to the unspoken and acknowledges the complex and emotional history of the site, in particular during the Second World War. For further information check out

The Joie De Vivre Film Competition 2017 Silver Award goes to Still / Sparkling, a collaboration between choreographer Anna Golding and filmmaker Richard Tomlinson, with Grace and Growl Dance Company. The film tells the story of one woman and her ipod and the mischief she gets up to in her home town. It is guaranteed to make you smile! For more information check out

The films will be screened during our Autumn and Spring seasons – watch this space for more details!

"We’re thrilled with our two award winners. They have created visceral worlds for their characters to exist within, and both use their dancers to tell very human stories – from the darkness of the horrors that took place in the Second World War to the joy and humour found in our own daily soundtrack. These films represent both the simple and joyful aspects of life and the dark underbelly of the past. Thank you to everyone who applied, there was an incredibly high standard to choose from and we look forward to 2018!" Emma Abbey, Head of Engagement

Additional Credits/Acknowledgements:

Tilføyelser: The film is supported by the Norwegian Art Council, Fritt Ord, Sound and Image Foundation, Performing Arts Fund, The Norwegian Composer Fund, North-Trondelag county municipality, Sparebanken Midt-Norge, Kvernmo AS, Byggmakker Gipling AS, Inderøy municipality and Bergen municipality.


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


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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