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Big Dance Shorts Brazil

Bertie's La Vida Longa - one of the 2012 Big Dance Shorts

May-September 2013

In a new partnership with Big Dance and Channel 4, and in association with BAFTA, we're delighted to announce a brand new commissioning project focusing on the creative relationship between the film and dance communities from Brazil and the UK.

Following on from a pilot Big Dance Shorts programme which was completed in the UK as part of the Cultural Olympiad in summer 2012, this new programme expands the brief to build new relationships between the UK and Brazil.  For Big Dance Shorts Brazil, five short films will be commissioned for broadcast on Channel 4's Random Acts slot in summer 2014 as well as to be screened to audiences across the UK and Brazil during Big Dance Week 2014, which runs from 5-13 July 2014.

Each film will reflect a UK-Brazilian collaboration, either by way of the citizenship or residency of the collaborators (be they filmmakers, choreographers, performers or composers) or in the theme of the film - but the relationship between dance and film must be at the heart of each of the film idea.

The five commissions will be shortlisted by a panel of experts drawn from UK/Brazil’s film and dance worlds with final selection made in a special event during the Rio International Film Festival in October 2013. The jury includes Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor for Arts at Channel 4, producer Gitta Wigro, BAFTA's Tricia Tuttle, representatives from MJW Productions LTD, Dança Em Foco, British Council and Big Dance together with selected choreographers and film directors to be announced.

The deadline for proposals is 1 September 2013 and the winning films will go into production this autumn with the full support of experienced industry experts, providing an exciting new platform for choreographic and directorial talent on screen.

The completed films will be broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 during Big Dance Week as part of the Random Acts strand and in Brazil will in summer 2014 before going on to numerous screenings as part of Big Dance’s nationwide programme of events.

The application form and further details on the programme are available here now - and you can get inspired with a look at the trailer for last year's Big Dance Shorts here:

Big Dance Shorts Brazil complements British Council Transform, an arts and creativity programme which is spanning the four years from 2012-2016, aiming to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil for mutual benefit and long term impact.