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92Y Announces Mobile Dance Film Festival 2021

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MDFF 2021 features three Official Selection programs with a total of 36 films plus a 17-film Student Film Program.

Dance is back at the 92nd Street Y with the fourth annual 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festival - the first in-person dance program since the pandemic shut 92Y's doors in March 2020. The MDFF - the only dance film festival featuring works shot entirely on mobile devices - explores the magic that happens at the intersection of choreography, camerawork and editing, revealing new dimensions in movement and offering intimate access and up-close perspectives on the physical and spatial dynamics of dance.

MDFF 2021 features three Official Selection programs with a total of 36 films plus a 17-film Student Film Program. All programs screen in person at 92Y on Saturday, July 31 beginning at 1 pm ET. They premiere online at that time and are available to stream through midnight Sunday, August 15. In person and streaming tickets are at 92y.org/mobiledancefilmfestival

The complete schedule is below.

An eight-member international jury pooled from 2020 Official Selection filmmakers chose 36 films as Official Selections out of more than 312 submissions from around the world, up from 152 last year. Countries represented include Chile, China, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, Switzerland, Venezuela and the US.

This year's MDFF features a new Student Film category - with 17 selections from 91 submissions - and the inaugural Mobile Dance Film Festival Filmmaker Scholarship - an unrestricted $1,000 for one high school senior who submitted a film, presented with generous support from the Reed Adkins Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation. The new Student Film Category selections are presented in a program of 17 Student Films chosen by the MDFF jury.

"Every year, I am blown away by the commitment and artistry of our Mobile Dance Film Community," comments MDFF creator Andrew Chapman. "This year, I am feeling especially humbled by the submissions in our new Student Film Category. After an extremely challenging academic year, these students created art - great art - for this festival. I am grateful for the opportunity to present their work and offer support to them and all of our filmmakers."

MDFF 2021 Schedule:

IN-PERSON PROGRAMS - SATURDAY, JULY 31
Tickets here 92y.org/mobiledancefilmfestival

Student Film Program - 1 pm - 2:15 pm ET
17 Selections. Runtime 60 minutes
$10

Official Selection Program I - 3pm - 4:15pm ET
15 Official Selections. Runtime: 60 minutes
$10

Official Selection Program II - 5pm - 6:15pm ET
11 Official Selections. Runtime 60 minutes
$10

Official Selection Program III - 7pm - 8:15pm ET
10 Official Selections. Runtime 60 minutes
$10

VIRTUAL SCREENING - SATURDAY, JULY 31 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 15
All programs available to stream On Demand for $10
Tickets here 92y.org/mobiledancefilmfestival

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS PROGRAMS AND IN PERSON SCREENING TIMES (additional filmmaker country information TBA)

STUDENT FILM SELECTIONS - July 31, 1 pm ET
Andrea Burr - BLOOM/FADE -
Aradia Sessoms - In the Pale Moonlight -
Benjamin Versoy - did we ever really talk? -
Brynn Mishko - Bloom - USA
Celeste Montoya - Inner Reflections - USA
Ethel Deidre Daniel - Levithere - Malaysia
Josh Pickney - Mechanical Emotions -
Katerina Belmatch - snow - USA
Kellsee Lynch - Pretty Hands Club - USA
Kierra Williams - My Black Voice - USA
Leah Schinsing - A Pigment of Your Imagination - USA
LeeAnn Smith - Forgotten. - USA
Linxin "Kisa" Li - New World -
Miranda Shaughnessy - Shift -
Nurit Rosenberg - Balance -
Yuxi Jiang - TRACE - China
Zhihan Yang - Refresh -

OFFICIAL SELECTION PROGRAM I - July 31, 3 pm ET
Akira Uchida - THAT THAT THAT - Canada
Cora Gasparotti - iUtoo - Italy
Eduardo Hernandez - Rancho La Merced - USA
Erika Gilmore - Everybody Lost Somebody -
LIUGANHUA - Children of the Stars -
Liu TianYi - Grain - China
Marta Sousa Saraiva - Blurry Boundaries -
Oluwaseun Usman - A Lucky Generation - Nigeria
Santiago Rivera - Skeletons in my Closet -
Sarah Emery - Trinity - USA
Seattle Dance Collective - ALICE -
Sinéad McDevitt - Silvaticus -
Taylor Donofrio / Donofrio Dance Co. - SWELL -
Wang JingMengLin / Banana Theater GGDC Dance Troupe - View - China
Yupei TANG - Inception -

OFFICIAL SELECTION PROGRAM II - July 31, 5 pm ET
Ana Maria Otero Borjas | Tente empieDanza Teatro - Las Mujeres de Mi Familia - Venezuela
Andrea Boll - DOWNHILL - Switzerland
Danza Restless - Restless - Chile
Elena Bolelli and Nunzia Picciallo - CUT -
Enrique Villacreses and Kyla Thomas - If We Were... - USA
Kaldi Makutike - THERAPY SESSION - South Africa
Katherine Henly and Andrew Harper - It's in a Dream! -
Kazuma Motomura - Coroninja Episode #1 -
Maksym Kotskyi and Elena Mesheryakova - 30 Seconds to Fastiv -
May Kesler / Keslerdances - Good as Gold - USA
Robin Bisio and Kaita Lepore Mrazek - The Errant Sea - USA

OFFICIAL SELECTION PROGRAM III - July 31, 7 pm ET
Alia Kache - Breathe -
Aria Roach - Tomato Season - USA
cubique presents - Alone Together - Switzerland
Hermes Chibueze Iyele - Untold Stories - Nigeria
Marta Renzi / Rhode Island College - A Different Day - USA
Miro Magloire / New Chamber Ballet - Soon - USA
Plunge Co. - ShAke it up Baby NoW -
Sadi Mosko - Beached -
Sarah Rehm - Now in Technicolor - USA
Sebastián Mieres Herrera - Aislamiento 1 - Chile

2021 MDFF Jury - All Official Selection Filmmakers from MDFF 2020:
Ayumi Toyabe - Japan / Hungary
Haseem Bivins - USA
Iphul Asyhari - Indonesia
Krystal Bates - USA
Luli Brindisi - Argentina
Stephanie Perez - USA
Valentina Cayota - Uruguay
Nicola Hepp - Netherlands / Sweden


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