Frame: The London Dance Film Festival to Launch Next Year

FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival is a major new event to be produced by BalletBoyz and the International Music + Media Centre (IMZ Vienna) which will take place in the UK next June. In partnership with the international dancescreen competition, FRAME will feature cutting-edge new films alongside established favourites in a programme of events designed to appeal to a broad audience.

Screenings of feature length films alongside competitive shorts will be accompanied by a public programme of events alongside industry workshops and panels led by prominent figures in broadcasting, music, and dance. The three day celebration of the best of dance in film will be supported by BBC Arts and patrons such as former Royal Ballet ballerina and TV presenter Darcey Bussell and bestselling author and TV writer Lynda La Plante.

BalletBoyz co-founders and artistic directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt said: "As dance and film-makers we are really excited to announce the launch of FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival. We are thrilled to be working with dancescreen and a host of great partners to bring the best of dance on film from around the world to our home town of Kingston. We believe that this is a rich, diverse and constantly evolving genre and one that deserves more exposure".


Thursday June 9th Festival Gala opening at the Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Friday June 10th Dance industry panels, workshops and discussions

Saturday June 11th Film screenings, outdoor events in Kingston market place, family and children's shows and events

Sunday June 12th Awards Gala at the Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames: screenings, announcement of competition winners plus a special live performance from BalletBoyz.


Filmmakers will be invited to submit work for consideration between November 2015 and January 2016; details will be announced shortly. The chosen work will feature in various programmes during the festival and will be eligible for the following awards:
Best Screen Choreography
Best Music Video
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Live Performance Relay & Camera Re-work

Best Editing
Best Technical Innovation

Best Student Film
Best Film


Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - Artistic Directors

Michael and Billy met when they were dancers with the Royal Ballet; during their 12 years with the company they danced all the principal male roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Mayerling and many more and created roles for choreographers Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon and more. They co-founded BalletBoyz in 2001 and immediately made a huge impact on the dance scene creating the TV documentaries BalletBoyz and BalletBoyz II and curating the 4Dance season for Channel 4. Since then BalletBoyz has become one of the UK's top five dance companies making exciting, entertaining, award-winning art for stage and screen. The company tours nationally and internationally; their increasing number of awards include the Olivier for 'Broken Fall' (2004), the Rose d'Or and International Emmy ('Strictly Bolshoi' 2007), Golden Prague Grand Prix (BalletBoyz: The Rite of Spring 2010), and the 2013 Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Company. BalletBoyz have pioneered the use of film and technology in performance and in 2016 will be the first dance company to release a full length feature film.

Joe Bateman - Festival Director

Joe has over 20 years experience in events, festivals and programming including adjudicating on many panels for film festivals, funding bodies and creative initiatives. Graduating from Guildford School of Acting he joined Picturehouse Cinemas to work on film exhibition. In 1999 he joined Curzon Cinemas developing the role of Head of Special Programming & Events then in 2004 he moved to The Hospital Club where he was responsible for developing the film and event programmes. In 2007 he was appointed Festival Director for Rushes Soho Shorts. He currently works independently with various organisations including the BFI, BAFTA and others.

Christine Hartland - Festival Producer

Christine founded the independent film production company, Patchwork Productions in 2004 and has produced a number of feature films including the award-winning 'Verity's Summer' (Best Actress/London Independent Film Festival 2012, Best Cinematography/Cannes in a Van) and 'Life Just Is' (Gold Kahuna Award/Honolulu Film Festival, Jury Award/Mexico Film Festival 2013). Christine has been working in corporate events for over 15 years and in 2001 launched the networking platform Mosaic. She was part of the 2009-10 Guiding Light Mentoring scheme with producer mentor Damian Jones.

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