Flatlands Dance Film Festival

Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock MuseumEach fall, we present a variety of films and shorts dedicated to dance performance, dance for camera, influential artists in the field, and the social impact of dance across the world. The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is also host to a film competition for aspiring dance filmmakers.

We believe our festival exemplifies our commitment to promoting and expanding the role of dance in our community. As we strive to present stellar performances on our stages, we recognize the vast potential for the choreographic to infuse the cinematic.

This year's short film competition yielded the most submissions in our festival's history with over 460 submissions from 59 countries!

The 2018 Flatlands Dance Festival will take place August 31-September 1 at the Knight Auditorium in the Spurlock Museum  at the University of Illinois.


$5, students/seniors, $10, general admission per night. Tickets are sold at the door. Cash is preferred. 

August 31

6:55pm: Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art, Pre-festival screening

7:00pm: If the Dancer Dances, Feature Film

If the Dancer Dances invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio, where three former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company teach Cunningham's 1968 RainForest to the Stephen Petronio Company. One of this generation’s leading modern dance choreographers, Stephen is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into this great work. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centenary, the film throws light on the mysteries of dance-making, as it reveals what it takes to keep a dance alive.

September 1

7:00pm: Short Films Program

2018 FDFF Adjudicators: Jerry Carden, Lisa Dixon, Fabiola Elias

9241 (Spain), Akasha (Switzerland), All About You (USA), Benjamin's Brother-Room 505 (Israel), Between the lines (Canada), Competing for Sunlight: Ash (Austria), Elemental (USA), Flock Together (USA), Folds (Brazil), Islander (Kai Schumacher-A New Error) (Canada), Negotiation (USA), Shift (Hungary), Solus (Denmark), The Good Christian (USA), The Sun is God (UK), Tongue Tied Shrews (USA)

*films are not in program order

 If you have any questions about the festival or would like to be on our mailing list, please contact festival Director and Curator Rebecca A. Ferrell at rferrel@illinois.edu