Past event


DCW 2020 will screen 50 dance films selected from 325 Submissions from over 40 countries over three days of screenings featuring Los Angeles, U.S., North American and World premieres. The Opening Night program January 9, 2020 will feature two special guests, Edouard Lock, founder of the legendary Canadian dance company La La La Human Steps, and renowned screen dance artist, author and producer Katrina McPherson, from Edinburgh Scotland.


Thursday 1/9

8:30 pm

Opening Night Special Film Screenings and Q&A featuring guests Katrina McPherson and Edouard Lock

Preceded by a screening of CalArts School of Dance’s One Another


Friday 1/10

6:30 pm

“In the Anchor Print” Experimental Short, Leandro Navall, 6:46 Argentina

“Wounded, Not Conquered” Experimental Short, Troy Brieser, 2:49 U.S. (CA)

“Screaming Shapes” Experimental Short, Sophia Stoller, 6:06 U.S.

“Kopitoto” Experimental Short, Lisa Kusanagi, 6:15 Japan

“The Dérive” Experimental Short, Tanin Torabi, 7:39 Iran

“The Wait Room” Experimental Short, Austin Forbord, 15:00 U.S.

HOME” Experimental Short, Project Home Productions, 17:26 U.S. (CA)

“Save Your Self” Narrative Short, Craig Baurley, 5:30 U.S. (CA)

“Bhairava” Experimental Short, Mouvement Perpetuel, 13:45 Canada


8:30 pm

“Cinderella Games” Narrative Short, Daniel Alicandro, 6:29 Great Britain

KOTA” Experimental Short, Project Home Productions, 7:23 U.S./Japan

“Unspoken Spoken” Experimental Short, Fin Walker, 17:39 Great Britian

“Dialectics” Experimental Short, Denis Stulnikov, 3:00 Ukraine

“Making Men” Short, Antoine Panier, 20:00 Belgium

“If I Sound Happy, That’s Your Mistake” Short, Derrick Belcham, 11:59 U.S. (CA)

From There to Here” Short, Janique Robillard, 17:55 U.S.

“But First” Narrative Short, Dance Film SF, 5:22 U.S. (CA)


Saturday 1/11

12 pm

“Juan of the Witches” Doc Short, Andrew Houchens, 18:14 Mexico

“Three Dances” Documentary Feature, Glória Halász, 76:00 Hungary

“Parkinsons Dance” Doc Short, RUTGERS Filmmaking, 5:23 U.S.

“Swarming” Experimental Short, Carrie Richter, 4:00 U.S. (MO)


1:30 pm

OME” Experimental Short, Camila Arroyo, 3:38 Mexico

“Cielo” Short, Will Johnston, 9:14 U.S. (CA)

“From Knee to Heart” featuring Sol Documentary Feature, Susanna Baranco, 83:00 Spain


3:30 pm

“Humana” Short, Paulina Rutman, 5:35 U.S (CA)

“Kreatur” featuring Sasha Waltz Company Feature, Bettina Borgfeld, Jochen Sandig, 90:00 Germany


5:30 pm

Special Curated Program - DARE 2 DANCE IN PUBLIC. Winners Announced Dec. 17th!


7:30 pm

“PungJeong.Gak (A Town with a Blue Hill” Experimental Short, Joowon Song, 15:28 Korea

“Goldfish” Short, Rain Kencana, 3:00 Germany

ALI” Experimental Short, Rain Kencana, 13:29 Germany

“About Face” Short, Melissa Higgins, 6:14 U.S.(CA)

SISTERS” Narrative Short, Hidde de Vries, 15:00 Finland

“Maids” Short, Sofia Castro, 5:00 Argentina

MASS” Narrative Short, Fu LE, 10:00 France

“Family Portrait” Short, Jingqiu Guan, 10:44 U.S. (CA)

FÖLD - Sculpted in the wind” Narrative Short, Marzio Mirabella, 11:36 Italy

“I See My Life Through Your Eyes” Experimental Short, Kim Saarinen, 12:00 Finland


9:30 pm

“Vestiges” Short, Mary Fitzgerald, 6:56 U.S. (Arizona)

“Some ways to get rid of a body” Narrative short, Ria Bäckström, 22:37 Finland

“Bloodroot” Narrative short, Or Schraiber, 5:40 Israel

“Don’t Miss It” Experimental Short, Teddy Tedholm, 4:58, Great Britain

“Skin I’m In” Experiemtnal Short, Cody Buesing, 3:13 U.S. (NY)

“A Dance For Ren Hang” Experimental Short, Jeremy Chua, 9:25 Singapore

*Program order subject to change




World-renowned choreographer Edouard Lock, will be our Opening Night special guest at the Dance Camera West Film Festival 2020 on January 9, 2020. Lock began his choreographic career at the age of 20 and founded La La La Human Steps in 1980. Over the years Mr. Lock has been invited to create works for some of the world’s leading dance companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet, the Het Nationale Ballet of Holland, The Nederlands Dans Theater, the Cullberg Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He co-conceived and was artistic director for David Bowie’s world tour, Sound and Vision. He also collaborated with Frank Zappa on the Yellow Shark concerts. Other musical collaborations include Gavin Bryars, Einstürzende Neubauten, Steve Albinni (Shellac of North America), David Lang, Iggy Pop, Kevin Shields (My Blue Valentine), David Van Tiegham, and the West India Company. At the invitation of Robert Carson and the Paris Opera, Mr. Lock choreographed “Les Boréades” composed by Rameau and performed by his company LHS at Le Palais Garnier. His works have garnered many awards, including the Chalmers choreographic prize, the New York Dance and Performance Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the National Arts Centre Award, the Benois de la Danse choreographic award given in Moscow, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Premio Positano Leonide Massine Award, The Molson Prize given by the Canada Council for the Arts and an honorary doctorate granted by the Université du Québec. Various films have been made on Mr. Lock’s work including Le Petit Musée de Vélasquez directed by Bernar Hébert, and the documentary Inspirations by British director Michael Apted, which also included Roy Lichtenstein, Tadao Ando and David Bowie amongst others. The film adaptation of Amelia, directed by Edouard Lock, had its American premiere at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and its European premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film won its category at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Prague International Film Festival and the Rose d’Or Festival in Switzerland, as well as winning two I.C.E. and two Gemini Awards for best direction and best editing. Mr. Lock was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec and Officer of the Order of Canada.

Katrina McPherson’s 30-year practice is informed by her background in dance and video art, as well as her wide experience as a director of arts programmes for television. Her collaborative screen dance works include the recent Paysages Mixtes|Mixed Landscapes (2019)we record ourselves (2016), The Time It Takes (2012), and she directed ground breaking dance films such as Moment (1999) and Pace (1995).  Katrina is an Associate Artist at Dance Base in Edinburgh and a Dance North Artist. Katrina is the sole author of Making Video Dance – a step-by-step guide to creating dance for the screen, published by Routledge in 2006, with a new edition released in 2018. She is currently Associate Professor of Screendance at the University of Utah, USA.