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6 - 9 SEPT 



6 - 9 SEPT 

#films #performances #workshops #exhibitions




„The forth edition of the festival comes in a time in which we are forced to fight for normality, rethinking the coordinates of the past in order to understand the future. Dance and film meet on equal grounds to showcase stories about resistance, persistence and courage. 

We are on a search and find quest for ingenious means of archiving the collective memory, but also daring speculations about the future, through which we offer a context of repositioning of the <<individual>> in relation with <<the many>>, even though that means to willingly alter the <<given truth>>. 

I think by positioning an individual against the history of the masses, we can generate a real creative conflict regarding our ideas and perceptions, one that could be able to restructure the uncertain facts of the present. 

By showcasing a complex programme, that gathers artists from different fields and geographical areas, we want to challenge the public to try out an exercise of imagination, that will enable the audience to (re)live the reality on three vectors: the temporal, the emotional and the psychological."

Simona Deaconescu (BIDFF artistic director)


the selection process has ended

The BIDFF team wants to thank all the talented creators that have submitted their films to the forth edition of the festival. Out of more than 300 applications we have selected 20 short dance films for the International Competition and 10 for the National Competition

On August 5 the eligible application period for Stories in Movement - Dance Film Development Lab has also ended. 10 directors and choreographers from Romania and SE Europe will be guided by international specialists in the field of dance, film and production, in order to transform their idea into a future film.

This years' festival programme includes short fiction films, long documentaries, Romanian historical dance films, exhibitions, performances and workshops dedicated to the new generation of makers. 

We will publish the complete programme soon!

Save the dates: 6 - 9 SEPT 2018!


Dancer (EN)

A film by Steven Cantor

Dancer (EN)

A film by Steven Cantor


6 SEPT | 7PM - 9PM


Dacia Bvd. 77


Documentary, 75', 2016 (UK)
DIRECTOR: Steven Cantor
Special contribution from david lachapelle

Nominee for Best Documentary at  the British Independent Film Awards
Starring: Serghei Polunin, David LaChapelle, Jade Hale-Christofi  

Blessed  with astonishing  power and poise, Sergei  Polunin took the dance world  by storm and became the Royal  ballet’s youngest ever principal. At  the peak  of his success,  aged 25, he walked  away, driven to the brink  of self-­‐destruction by stardom  – his talent more a burden than a  gift.

Here  is an  unprecedented  look into the  life of a complex  young man who has made  ballet go viral. Urban rebel,  iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei  is transforming the shape of ballet  as we know it.

From  archive  footage of  Polunin training  at the age of 6   to be an Olympic gymnast,   to intimate material shot by   both his parents, and in‐depth interviews with family, friends, colleagues  through to footage of Sergei’s life on and  off the stage now, we witness every step of Sergei’s journey. Polunin  is a controversial,  divisive character and  he is shown in all his  complexity. The film is  also a showcase for his extraordinary  physical and emotional range.

How do you come to terms with a life definition that was created for you?

When you’re the greatest in the world, what else is there left to achieve? To live for?

Twenty-­‐five year old, world-­‐renowned ballet star, Sergei Polunin, has defined his life through his art, only to question his existence at the opportunity to become legendary. DANCER is an intimate reflection of a talented and charming, but also complex and enigmatic ballet star at a vulnerable crossroads.
— Steven Cantor


A performance by Johanna Nuutinen


A performance by Johanna Nuutinen


9 SEPT | 18:30 - 19:30

The National Dance Center in Bucharest - Stere Popescu

Bvd. Marasesti, nr. 80-82

Choreographer | Johanna Nuutinen

Film Script | Johanna Nuutinen, Jukka Rajala-Granstubb

Cinematographer | Jukka Rajala-Granstubb

Performers on stage | Jonna Aaltonen and Eero Vesterinen

Composers | Tuomas Norvio, Tapani Rinne

Light Designer | Joonas Tikkanen

Costume Designer | Minttu Vesala

Directed by Finnish choreographer Johanna Nuutinen in collaboration with filmmaker Jukka Rajala-Granstubb, the multidisciplinary work IRIS explores the themes of strength, desire, and survival through the mediums of dance and film.

It weaves together the mesmerising live performance of two internationally renowned Finnish dance artists, Jonna Aaltonen and Eero Vesterinen, with six short films that include performances from top artists of the Finnish and Swedish dance and circus field.

The work results from the interviews of 17 people in their 80s to 90s, which started with the question of what they want to speak about when there is not much life left to live anymore, and which type of memories have been the most meaningful. The result is distilled into five surrealistic stories which create a journey traveling between the sensitive stage scenery and raw landscapes on film.

Identity, metamorphosis and the durational aspect of a performance are topics I very often find myself exploring. I´m interested in multidisciplinary collaborations and I like to mix dance, visual art, film and photography in order to create multidimensional worlds. With my works I desire to offer a visceral journey which shakes your emotions, wakes up your kinaesthetic empathy and makes you question and see the subject at hand in a new light.
— Johanna Nuutinen


Johanna Nuutinen (FI)

Johanna Nuutinen began her career as a member of  the Finnish National Ballet, dancing soloist parts in works by Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jacobo Godani, Sylvie Guillem, John Neumeier, Jorma Elo and Jorma Uotinen among others, as well as created her own productions to the stage and on film. In 2017 Johanna received a 3 year artist grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and at the moment she works as a freelance artist. In 2013 Johanna created a short dance film ME – The Story of a Performance in collaboration with filmmakers Jopsu and Timo Ramu (MUSUTA Ltd.). So far the film has been presented at over 40 international dance and design film festivals . Her solo production HATCHED is also becoming an international success having been premiered in Hong Kong and continued touring in Russia and Finland. In 2017 she premiered two new works - IRIS and ROOM.


Workshop Adrien Ouaki

Workshop Adrien Ouaki

WOrkshop Adrien OUAKI

7 SEPT | 3PM - 5PM

Linotip, Independent Choreographic Centre 

Ion Brezoianu nr 23-25

Free admission based on registration

Adrien Ouaki is the winner of the last edition of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. His powerful and emotional aesthetics combine dashing choreography with a cinematographic approach. The workshop introduces the participants to his technique and method of working with movement through exercises, improvisation and choreographies. Fluidly shifting from vertical to horizontal,  Adrien will offer a glimpse of his creative vocabulary.

BIO Adrien Ouaki

Adrien Ouaki studied at the International Dance Academy in Paris, graduating at the age of 21. He perfected his knowledge of contemporary dance by participating in workshops with choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Wim Vandekeybus, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite. 

For 2 months he has studied intensive Kung Fu arts in China. In recent years he has worked for several companies and production houses in France and abroad as: “1789”  (by Giuliano Peparini), Ezio Schiavulli’s Company, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with Raphael Boitel, at the Dutch National Opera with Itzik Galili and in Belgium during Franco Dragone & Giuliano Peparini's latest project "Casse Noisette" & “Bô” in Paris.

He is passionate about film and directed his own short films: “Dust Of Life”, “Contact”, “The Line” and his latest "Wild" which will be welcomed at many festivals around the world: San Francisco, Chile, London, Lisbon , Finland, Spain, Greece and Bucharest. “The Line” was awarded Best Film at the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival and “Wild” received the award for Best Choreography at the Utah Dance Film Festival.



  • The workshop is addressed to intermediate and advance level dancers and actors;
  • In order to participate send an email expressing your interest to participate at with the subject line: “Workshop Adrien Ouaki”;
  • The number of participants in limited so send your intention to participate as soon as possible and no later than 31 of August
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