The country’s first international platform for dance on camera kicks off October 8th
Coming back to celebrate dance from all angles, dance film festival FIFTH WALL FEST has set the digital stage for its second edition, taking place on October 8 to 17, 2021 on fifthwallfest.com.
After its successful inauguration last year, the 2021 run explores an even more diverse range of creative themes. “The 10-day festival lets audiences immerse themselves in an elevated cinematic experience with a curated selection of over 50 local and international dance films,” the FIFTH WALL FEST team shared in an official release. The films go hand-in-hand with the highly-anticipated Black Box events, a series of talks and workshops that aim to “open the dialogue and foster connections between individuals and surrounding artistic disciplines.” All film screenings and Black Box events are free. Interested viewers can sign up for the latter here.
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FIFTH WALL FEST 2021, as its founder and director Madge Reyes hints, is a deeper dive into the world of isolated and explorative performance. “Last year, we found ourselves grasping for new ways to consume visual imagery and movement,” she added. “This year, we’re doing the same, however, embedding something more experiential—this time, teasing the different senses, and not just the eyes.”
Across festival dates, FIFTH WALL FEST also spotlights its 2021 International Short Film Competition, where winners and finalists get to showcase their work under the Competition film collection. The local and international judges slated to create the panel include Filipino dance legend Nonoy Froilan, filmmaker and professor Sari Dalena, Canadian dance film creator and curator Kelly Hargraves, independent researcher and programmer Choi Sin-Yi Emilie from Hong Kong, and dance artist-scholar and filmmaker Sumedha Bhattacharyya from India.
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For more information about the other program highlights, the complete roster of Black Box Events, and a rundown of the festival features, visit fifthwallfest.com. Follow FIFTH WALL FEST on Facebook and Instagram and join the FIFTH WALL FEST channel on Telegram for more news, updates, and surprises.
FIFTH WALL FEST 2021 is co-presented by Search Mindscape Foundation and in partnership with the Japan Foundation Manila and Steps Dance Studio.
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver