Tees Dance Film Fest 2015


TEES DANCE FILM FEST 2015 – Thursday 14th May

A programme of exciting dance films from all over the world will be screened at Mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Big Screen andTeesside University.

The evening event at Mima features the official selection of the best films of TDFF and includes a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado.

All events are free.

TEES DANCE FILM FEST Special Selection featuring a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado (USA)

Visually stunning dance films from all over the world.

Time: 6.30pm – 9pm / Reception from 6.30pm and screening from 7.00pm, AudienceAll ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima

Click here to book your place.

View the programme of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema here.


DANCE SHORTS- International dance films inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures 

Pass by at the Centre Square to view short dance films created by young makers and professional videographers

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Big Screen, Centre Square, Middlesbrough


INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILMS SCREENING  – innovative, experimental and quirky 

Drop in to this informal event featuring a rolling programme of exciting dance films from all over the world.

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima



Created in caves in the UK, on the Great Dunes in Colorado, and in the challenging environment of ice, snow and geothermal fields in Iceland, this installation invites you to experience constrasting landscapes.

Featuring Choreographer-Videographers; Ana Baer, Heike Salzer, Jessica Smith

Time: 3.15pm – 3.45pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13, Phoenix building, Teesside University


PRESENTATION by internationally acclaimed videographer, Ana Baer

Creating a screen dance in a natural environment: Improvising, adapting and everything in between.

TDFF’s special guest speaker is award-winning, Mexican video-choreographer Ana Baer. Ana teaches as Associate Professor at Texas State University and has collaborated with many dance luminaries internationally.  Her work encompasses a variety of dance for camera work, as well as interdisciplinary performances and choreography.

Time: 4pm – 5pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13 Phoenix Building, Teesside University, Stephenson Street



Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland


Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland
– Örvarpið TV/Film Award Iceland

Strönd has been selected to be part of the exciting Short Film Festival Örvarpið

TV/Film Award of the National Icelandic TV broadcasting station at Bioparadis, Reykjavik, Iceland, on 7th March 2015.

Watch the trailer.

TEES DANCE FILM FEST – Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy Artistic Directors of Tees Dance Film Fest


Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy are Co-Artistic Director of Tees Dance Film Fest

At TDFF we are interested in interdisciplinary projects that merge choreography and innovative filmmaking.

TDFF aims to provide a platform for young artists as well as professional artists to screen their original works in order to reach a wider more varied audience. Our vision in offering this platform is to develop further relationships and networks with other dance film artists and interdisciplinary dance professionals, whilst also creating a sense of opportunity and community spirit among people interested in dance film works and the arts.

This year’s edition of TDFF will take place at Mima-Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, on Thursday 14th May 2015.




Deadline for submission: 1st March 2015

We are interested in ways in which filmmakers explore the genres of creative experimental choreography and filmmaking.

Films can include real life dancers, animation and digital elements but must fuse dance and filmmaking in original and innovative ways.

The 2nd exibition of Tees Dance Film Festival will take place on the 14th of May 2015 and will feature two categories:

1. Dance Films created by Professional Artists

  • Professional films must be no longer than 15 minutes
  • Dance film submissions in this category should be engaging and creative, inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures

2. Dance Films created by Young Artists 14-25 years.

  • The film must be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Films that capture the body in new and exciting ways e.g. on location, site specific, fragmentation of the dancing body, non-linearity

Please note that dance films that show dance performance for the proscenium stage or documentary style will not be considered.

PLaRM lecturer works on Tower of London Poppy installation films

Since spring 2014, associate lecturer Peter Wilkinson has been producing video content for the Historic Royal Palaces and the Tower of London, documenting the creation and installation of their well publicised art installation and commemoration, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by ceramic artist Paul Cummins.

Two films have been created so far and have been published on Youtube and Vimeo, with more work to follow in the future. The installation involved the creation and planting of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London – one poppy for each British and Colonial fatality during the First World War.

The two films can be seen here:

Making the poppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58aX_EBwzr4

Installing the poppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VZPoyTiJJc


Screendance Festival in Brazil


63° 24’ 10” N 19° 6’ 49” W  a Screendance by Heike Salzer and her company Salts, has been invited as the only British/Icelandic entry for the main screening at The I Mostra Internacional de Dança: Imagens em Movimento a Céu Aberto – IMA 2014, in Ribeirão Preto city and São Paulo state, 24th-26th October 2014.

It will also  be part of the Archive of the Video Library Centro Cultural Palace (Palace Cultural Center)

Directors and Choreography: Heike Salzer & Ingi Jensson

Dancer: Saga Sigurðardóttir

Camera: Sigurður Þorfinnur Einarsson

Editing: Heike Salzer

Sound: Jack Laidlaw-Music & Heike Salzer

Year of completion: 2014

Country of production: Iceland & United Kingdom

Tees Dance Film Fest at Billingham Festival


Holly’s Tees Dance Film Fest has been invited to present a fantastic programme of dance videos at the International Billlingham Folklore Festival. You can see the videos everyday downtown Billingham from 10-16.00!

To keep up to date with future events follow Tees Dance Film Fest on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/teesdancefilm  or Twitter @teesdancefilm


Multimedia performance by Malaysian student Huey Teng


Huey Teng third year BA Dance student performed a stunning multimedia performance as part of her final project. She collaborated with a student from Computer Animation who developed her dance as an animated visual dance which was projected on the stage. A beautiful and original set design!

The performance was so successful that Huey has also been invited to perform her piece at this year’s Billingham International Folklore Festival.

Dance Lecturer films in Iceland

1901973_818407061508912_794490465_nDance lecturer Heike Salzer spent a week of artistic research filming in Iceland. The work will feed into an artist residency in April at Texas State University, San Marcos. Collaborating with Icelandic visual artist Ingi Jensson and UK North East based musician Jack Laidlaw she will create a choreography using live performance and video projection.

If you like to see more follow Saltsart on twitter, like the facebook Salts page, the website http://www.salts.nl/

Dance video created by dance lecturer Heike Salzer at Dance Film festival


The video rými/plads (space), which Heike  has created together with the Icelandic visual artist Ingi Jensson is part of the International Dance Film Edinburgh 13 Festival which celebrates dance and film in all its forms in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The video Rymi ,which was created in Iceland and Denmark and will be streamed online as part of the Dance Bites programme which is the online series of short programmes of films from around the world. These tasty morsels will range from short dance documentaries to bite sized programmes of short dance films.

Online Streaming will take place from Monday 4th – Sunday 10th November 2013