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New Competition Supports and Showcases Emerging Artists in Dance and Film

CalArts@ Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition welcomes dance media in any dance style or genre.  

Valencia, CA, November 25—The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and Dance Camera West have joined forces to launch the CalArts@ Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition.  

For the competition, artists are invited to submit dance media in a wide variety of categories including  screendance, short films, feature length, documentary, animation and interactive dance media. Finalists’ projects will be featured at Dance Camera West’s 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival in Los Angeles on June 6, 7 and 8, 2014.

Created to recognize and support talented young dancers and filmmakers, the competition will benefit two categories of entrants—high school students (grades 9-12) and college students. Students of all ages, within those categories, and academic backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Submissions of dance media are welcome in any dance style or genre.

The winning high school film is eligible for a $5,000 CalArts scholarship prize and the winning college film receives a substantial cash prize. Both winning films will be screened as part of the 13th Annual DCW Festival happening in Los Angeles in June 2014. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2014.

Highlighting the expertise of both partners—the Emerging Artists Competition unites Dance Camera West’s dedication to the promotion and development of the vibrant art of dance media with CalArts’ internationally acclaimed blend of technical excellence and innovative artistry.

“I am pleased that CalArts is partnering with Dance Camera West to promote state-of-the-art dance media—especially when it comes to supporting emerging artists in the fields of filmmaking and dance,” said Stephan Koplowitz, Dean of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. “The screening and competition offer great opportunities to apply CalArts' long experience with cross-disciplinary work to help and encourage young dancers and filmmakers.”

Steve Anker, Dean of CalArts School of Film/Video noted, “With its focus on student level dance films, the competition is unique in the country—showing how collaboration between mediums spurs new directions and perspectives in the work.  This synthesis of film and dance advances CalArts’ mission to embrace hybrid forms of the arts. 

For more info visit: http://www.dancecamerawest.org/submit.htm 

Dance Camera West (DCW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media.  DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace.  Even more importantly, Dance Camera West utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.

Last edited by fbotha on Dec 04, 2013
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