FIFTH WALL FEST envisions the future for dance on camera, through the lens of the present and the potential it holds.
Filmmakers and artists of the films below make up the winning entries from the FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2020, awarded and recognized for their excellence and innovation in the craft of dance filmmaking. Spurred by the idea of providing opportunities for introspection and creative pursuit during the era of COVID-19, these films exhibit a space for artistic experimentation between dance and film regardless of physical bounds.
SAGARIKA DEBNATH • PRAKRITI SHARDA
Grand Jury Prize
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, ARNA?
Japan Foundation Prize
National Artist for Dance, Philippines
Alice Reyes is the visionary founder of the first resident dance company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Her outstanding performances on stage alongside the sheer diversity of her choreographic talent has paved the way for dance to become among the country’s respected careers and distinguished professions, making Filipino dancers an indispensable part of our cultural heritage. In June 20, 2014, Alice Reyes was declared National Artist for Dance by President Benigno S. Aquino III through Proclamation No. 807.
Photo by Jojo Mamangun
Cinemovement, Hong Kong
Jumping Frames International Video Dance Festival, Singapore
Elysa Wendi is a Singaporean dance artist and filmmaker based in Hong Kong. Since 2008, she has been experimenting on choreographic ideas with the medium of film, performances and curatorial projects. Wendi co-founded Cinemovement in 2015, a platform facilitating the creation of dance films through a laboratory setting and cultural exchanges and joined Jumping Frames International Video Dance Festival (Hong Kong) as programmer in 2018.
Dance and Media Japan • International Dance Film Festival, Japan
Naoto Iina is a videographer, director, dramaturg, visual scenographer and producer. He founded Dance and Media Japan, as well as the International Dance Film Festival. Iina is also an Associate professor of Tokyo Zokei University and lecturer at Za Koenji Theatre Academy. He has been working on cross-genre works with video, dance and texts, and is currently in charge of direction, composition, filming and editing of the online Butoh program "Re-Butoooh" (NPO Dance Archive Network).
mAPs • DAN.CIN.LAB, France
After a double curriculum in dance and management, Anna Alexandre began her career in administration and artistic production within several international dance companies. From 2009 to 2015, she founded Stéla – DesArts//DesCinés (DAN.CIN.FEST) in Saint-Étienne, and the Festival’s International Dance Short Film Competition. She participates in the foundation of the Studiotrade, as well as the Mediterranean Screendance Network to further encourage the circulation of artists, works and ideas. In 2019, Anna launched the DAN.CIN.LAB platform, with a brand new international festival dedicated to Social Cinedance.
Photo by Chrysanthi Badeka
Cinematica Festival, Italy
Simona Lisi is a dancer, actress, choreographer, independent dance aesthetics researcher and songwriter. She acquired a Philosophy Degree, PG Degree in Contemporary Dance at LCDS London, and got certified as a Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator. The multidisciplinary artist has created dance-theatre pieces, cultural projects, and awarded-winning videodance films.
Her theoretical research deals with the body as a generator and transformer, often in the context of new technology and visual studies. Since 2013, Lisi has been the Artistic Director of Cinematica Festival, spearheading the International Cinematica Videodance Competition. Cinematica has been honoured with the EFFE Festival Label of European Festivals Association.