Manifest Dance-Film Festival
The Manifest Dance-Film Festival launched in 2022 showcases the contemporary trans-disciplinary art of dance-film. While any film whose subject is dance qualifies as a dance-film, the festival’s focus is to explore a niche genre that experiments with dance as the primary narrative tool and involves close collaborations between dancers and filmmakers.
The aim of the event is to provide Indian audiences the opportunity to view a wide range of contemporary international dance-films. Along with screenings, there are talks, interviews and panel discussions on the genre, in an effort to facilitate critique. To compensate for some amount of the costs involved in filmmaking, financial aid and awards are given out in categories such as Outstanding Film, Choreography, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Music and Sound Design. There is a special focus on films from the Global South, especially dance-films based on heritage Asian forms.
The festival also includes the Manifest Dance-Film Incubator, a pioneering effort that develops short dance-films, from ideation to exhibition stage. It provides state-of-the-art equipment, expert mentoring and technical skills for original dance-film projects based on Indian forms. While the first edition focussed on Indian forms of dance, the second edition has been expanded to include both Indian and international mentors and participants. Its purpose, according to the organisers, is to “promote the production of dance-filmmaking.”
A total of 40 films from 20 countries were screened at the inaugural edition. Andrea Boll (Switzerland), Beatriz Mediavilla (Canada), Hyunsang Cho (South Korea), Justyne Li and Tan-Ki Wong (Hong Kong), Kendra Epik (Canada), Kimmo Leed (Finland), Martina Faux (Argentina) and Penny Chivas (UK) were among the dance-filmmakers whose works were shown at the Manifest Dance-Film Festival.
The festival will be held between 28 and 30 July in 2023.
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How to Reach Puducherry?
- By Air: Flights to Puducherry Airport are available from Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Chennai International Airport is located 135 km away. Chennai is well connected to many cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Hyderabad etc. Taxis can be hired from the airport to reach Puducherry.
- By Train: Villupuram, the nearest railway station, is 35 km away. Villupuram is connected to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Madurai and Chennai by regular train services. Taxi services are available from Villupuram to Puducherry.
- By Bus: Private tourist buses ply from Chennai, Madurai and Bengaluru to Puducherry. Buses also connect Puducherry to Thanjavur, Trichy, Chidamabaram and Coimbatore. There are frequent buses, almost every 15 minutes from Koyembedu in Chennai. Express buses take three-and-half-hours to reach Puducherry.
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