The Contact Dance International Film Festival 2019
celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. It provides a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. The Festival runs every two years on the odd years and is presenting its fourth season June 28 to July 1, 2019.

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2017 Jury Awards

Contact Dance Every Body by Olya Glotka danced away with the Gold Jury Award at the Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF). The film features StopGap Foundation founder Luke Anderson as he dances using his wheelchair to gracefully lift his dance partner
Laura Storey as they intertwine tenderly in the galleries of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Olya Glotka is a young, self-made filmmaker who is in search of ways to empower people and make the world a better place through the power of filmmaking and dance.

Parcon NYC #1: Subway Stops won the Silver Jury Award, filmed by Parcon NYC: Andrew Suseno, Javaka Steptoe, Cecilia Fontanesi, Richard Inkyu Kim, and Dean James Beckwith. The film captures the story of an everyday subway ride home for a Latinx girl from the Bronx. The environment around her comes alive with dancers performing a genre that fuses parkour with contact dance improvisation called parcon. Martin Henson and Satoko Sugiyama are independent filmmakers with hundreds of films and television commercials to their name. Parcon NYC is a collective of artists, movers and healers dedicated to inclusion and investigating human connection with others and place through weight sharing, balance and touch.

The Bronze Jury Award was awarded to Wake Me Up, a short film that started as a school project at the International Baccalaureate school, Fairview International School in Kuala Lumpur after two young girls, Sonia and Leila, discovered contact dance improvisation. The result is a delightful and honest portrayal of friendship that epitomizes contact dance improvisation's openness to all levels.

Audience Choice awards

Wednesday night:
Contested Landscapes by Puja Jones with dancer Amy Tessler & Chris Aimone

Friday night:
William and Eloise Duo on a Chinese Pole « Next generation » by TSF company with dancer and creators Héloïse Bourgeois and William Underwood

Saturday night:
Sigur Rós - Valtari
Written & directed by: Christian Larson with Dancers: James O'hara & Nicola Leahey. Choreography by: sidi larbi cherkaoui. Cinematography by: mattias montero. Costume designer: lydia kovacs Produced by: noreen khan.

Award from the AD

Emerging Filmmaker award goes to Olya Glotka