Akademi Dance Film Festival 2021
The first ever edition of our online dance-film festival, ADFF, took place on 19 and 20 March 2021, celebrating some of the most creative digital collaborations with South Asian dance cultures and forms.
Curated by screendance practitioner, Omari ‘Motion’ Carter, and our Artistic Director, Suba Subramaniam, the festival featured new and archived South Asian dance-films along with selected talks with filmmakers and dance artists.
The films covered a wide range of topics from motherhood, the queer body and the commoditisation of identity, to India’s dream robot to the moon, amongst other thought-provoking subjects. Several of these films were a direct response to life in lockdown.
We also commissioned three short original screendance works that were shown during the festival. Watch the trailer or explore the full programme below.
Friday 19 March 2021
Online for 24 hours from 11am (on YouTube)
5pm to 6pm
In Conversation with Hetain Patel (Zoom)
Artist Hetain Patel in conversation with our Artistic Director, Suba Subramaniam
Hetain Patel is a British born artist of Indian descent who grew up in Bolton and is now based in London. Patel makes photographs, videos, sculptures and live performances, usually for galleries and theatres. He is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point he uses humour and the languages of popular culture and explores fantasy through a domestic lens.
6.30pm to 8pm
Screening 1 Discussion & Q&A (Zoom)
Featuring filmmakers from screening 1
Filmmakers and other team members from the films screened on day 1 of ADFF will be discussing their working process and answer questions from the audience.
Saturday 20 March 2021
Screening 2 – featuring three Akademi Screendance Commissions
Online for 24 hours from 10.30am (on YouTube)
1pm to 2pm
In conversation with Sima Gonsai (Zoom)
Filmmaker Sima Gonsai in conversation with Omari ‘Motion’ Carter
Sima Gonsai is an award-winning freelance director/filmmaker with a specialism in screendance, film training and video content production. Our screendance expert Omari ‘Motion’ Carter will be discussing the details of the craft with her. See also our feature article Akademi in conversation with to Sima Gonsai
3pm to 4.30pm
Akademi Screendance Commissions Discussion (Zoom)
Featuring Jaivant Patel Dance, Archana Ballal & Kaajel Patel, moderated by Saloni Saraf
Filmmakers and other team members from Akademi’s Screendance Commissions will be discussing their working process and answer questions from the audience.
6.30pm to 8pm
Screening 2 Discussion and Q&A (Zoom)
Featuring Filmmakers from Screening 2
Filmmakers and other team members from the films screened on day 2 of ADFF will be discussing their working process and answer questions from the audience.
8.30pm to 9.30pm
Dance Party with DJ Ritu (Zoom)
Come and join us for the official ADFF 2021 Afterparty with DJ Ritu, pioneering international turntablist and former BBC Radio presenter who manages London’s longest running club nights: Kuch Kuch and Club Kali.