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Chirstinn Whyte’s Review of LIFF

Leeds International Film Festival has been a high profile presence on the major circuit for almost three decades. Traditionally screening programmes across an eclectic range of fields, from animation to sci-fi, the festival last year dipped a toe into the under represented – in British festival terms, at least – genre of screendance.

This initiative could be viewed as being either exceptionally brave, or extremely foolhardy, in a climate of diminishing state funding and recent loss of all other domestic festivals. Over the last ten years, well-established ventures in Brighton, London, Liverpool and Edinburgh have been extinguished in turn like lit points on a map, leaving LIFF as sole torch-bearer for a genre experiencing international academic and artistic acclaim, but which has traditionally struggled to attract dedicated film festival audiences.

Read on…go to Chirstinn Whyte’s blog UNSPOOLED, also published on the LIFF Screendance FB page. More on the competition here.

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Chirstinn Whyte and the new era of screendance

The era of screendance commissioning for television is long over, and within a wider contemporary landscape of sweeping funding cuts, specialist niche festivals – Dance on Screen at The Place, South East Dance Agency’s Dance for Camera Festival in Brighton, and Moves in Manchester and Liverpool – read as a roll call of the fallen.

It is arguably now easier than has ever been the case to create screen-based work using materials found close to hand and home and to access screening opportunities across a variety of technological platforms as part of a rapidly evolving global screen culture – a culture which includes six-second uploadable loops, myriad mobile phone apps and increasingly lightweight recording devices.

– Chirstinn Whyte

http://bellyflopmag.com/blog/open-week-chirstinn-whyte-motion-studies-teaching-21st-century-screendance

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