BA Dance student organises first ever Tees Dance Film Fest: Post from Perform@tees

For my Final Year Creative Project I decided I wanted to do something which was a little bit different; which is why I chose to organise a dance film festival.

During second year I completed a dance for the camera module which was something extremely new and fascinating to me as I had never seen any screen dance films before. For that reason I thought it would be a great idea to give film makers a platform to screen their work to a public audience and also give the audience the chance to explore a different route into Dance.

During the process I collaborated with fellow dance students, Teesside University graphic design student Victor Dina and also Middlesbrough Council, it was a great experience for me to work with so many different people – I also managed to receive support from Tees Valley Dance for my event.

It was the first ever dance film event to be screened in Middlesbrough Centre Square and screened films by both amateur and professional filmmakers from all over the world including John T. Williams who’s films have been presented in over 50 film festivals throughout South America, Europe, Asia and the United States, Oliver Murray and Georgia Parris. The event which took place on Thursday 22nd May also featured a live solo performance by third year Teesside dance student Huey Teng.

With support from Middlesbrough Council the event was able to take place on The Big Screen in Middlesbrough Centre Square, this was a great space to host the event and I was happy that I was able to bring a bit of culture to the town that evening.

I think Tees Dance Film Fest has the ability to become an annual event as it was a great success and I thoroughly enjoyed organising it!

Many thanks to Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Dance, Writers Block Big Screen, Victor Dina, Samantha Dixon, Jessica Smith and Phillip Brown for their support on this project.

Holly Bellamy

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