Bucharest International Dance Film Festival (BIDFF) #5

  • Festival

September 4-8, 2019


The fifth edition of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, the only Romanian cinematographic initiative dedicated to dance movies, will take place between September 4 and September 8, in Bucharest.

This edition’s theme is The Network, marking the beginning of a new development phase for the festival, through both integrating in the official schedule of films from several genre, for diverse audiences, produced by film directors, choreographers, visual artists, animators and musicians, as well as through starting a development lab for movie projects dedicated to medium length and feature films that are still in their inception phase.

BIDFF #5 will take place at Elvire Popesco Cinema, Peasant’s Museum Cinema, National Dance Center Bucharest, LINOTIP – Independent Choreographic Center, but also in unconventional spaces like Gastropub Factory and Apollo 111.

The complete festival program is available on: http://www.bidff.ro

BIDFF, in partnership with National Center for Dance Bucharest, organizez 3 novel events on September 4, 6 and 7.


cine(dance)concert with archival films and Karpov not Kasparov

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 9.00pm, 45 min, free admission

A program curated in partnership with the Dance Archives: Open for inventory/ reinvention!, a project initiated by the National Center for Dance Bucharest and co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The filmographic materials come from the National Film Archive collection. Section curators: Corina Cimpoieru,  National Center for Dance Bucharest Archive Responsible, and Bogdan Movileanu, National Film Archive Editor.

A radiography of dance film, represented  by 16 archival productions created between 1927 and 1972.

One of the most celebrated films from the selection is the comedy “Lache in harem” (1928, directed by Marcel Blossoms), during which one will be able to follow fleeting states of the dance in synch with the “new media” of the silent cinema of the ‘20s, starring Elena Penescu Liciu (first ballerina from the Cluj Opera House), alongside Cărăbuș Theater’s ballet troupe.

The “artistic actuality” of the dance is promoted in Romanian journals, projected in film halls before feature films. Shows like the one by Japanese dancer Masamy Kumy, by Aaron Copland American Ballet Theater or by London Burre Fantasy ballet troupe, are part of a collage of international recitals that can be watched for the first time during the cine(dance)concert projections.


BIDFF official competition (Romanian shorts)

Friday, September 6, 2019, 9.00pm, 50 min

This year, Romanian directors and choreographers meet in the intricate web of the self. They explore the daily turmoil, re-establishing the connection with their own bodies, discovering new ways towards inappropriate fantasies. Eight experimental shorts and an animation will make you wonder how to connect with yourself and with the environment you live in.


  • WHEN NO ONE’S WATCHING (2’49’’, 2018, CA / RO, D/C: Teodora Zamfirescu)
  • PENDULUM (5’, 2019, RO, D: Ioana Mischie)
  • SINGING BODIES (3’38’’, 2018, RO, D: Lavinia Pollak, C: Valentina de Piante, Denis Bolborea)
  • |DIS|CONNECTED (3’57’’, 2019, RO, D: Maria-Luiza Dimulescu, Cătălin Rugina, C: Maria-Luiza Dimulescu)
  • RIVERƧE (04’06’’, 2019, RO, D: Daniel Dragoescu, C: Svitlana Pashko / Daniel Dragoescu)
  • BOOT CAMP (5’18’’, 2019, RO, D/C: Camelia Neagoe)
  • SOUP (4’50’’, 2019, RO, D: Corina Andrian, C: Mariana Gavriciuc, Beatrice Tudor)
  • HOME ALONE (13’47’’, 2019, RO, D: Jean-Lorin Sterian, C: Carmen Coțofană)
  • MTV IS MY FRIEND (outside of the competition, 6’33’’, 2019, RO, D: Radu Popovici)


Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8.00pm, 96 min

With the support of Cinedans Amsterdam (Cinedans on Tour), section curated by Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival

The off competition section, Corporealities, consists of five very special films, whose authors decided to start on an ever fascinating journey through the infinite realms of the human experience. With each of these movies, we discover a new type of physical language, created specially to generate emotion among viewers at a level never reached by any other art than dance. It is no wonder that the dance movies from our program cover a large array of emotions and situations, which spans from the bitter experience of loneliness to the hyperactivity in the modern jungle of finances, from family and intergenerational relationships to port-internet communities. 


  • NÉANTS (10′, 2015, CA, D: Nellie Carrier)
  • PARALYSIS (23′, 2015, NL, D: Karel Van Laere)
  • SHE/HER (11′, 2015, NL, D: Sonja Wyss)
  • VOICES OF FINANCE (35′, 2015, NL, D: Clara Van Gool)
  • NOVACIÉRIES (17′, 2015, FR, D: (LA)HORDE)

Photography: Alina Ușurelu

Tangaj Dance Association

Co-financed by
Administration of the National Cultural Fund
The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

National Center for Dance Bucharest, The Dance Archives, French Institute in Bucharest – Cinema Elvira Popesco, Peasant Museum, Fabrica, Fabrica Gastropub, Cervantes Institute in Bucharest, Apollo 111, LINOTIP – Independent Choreographic Center, Cinedans Amsterdam (Cinedans on Tour), Fiver International Screendance Movement.

With support from
National Center of Cinematography, Conceptual Lab, ADFR – Association for the Development of Romanian Film, DHL, Techir and Super – Festival of films made by teenagers.

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