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Be Sure to Catch the April 18 College Film Festival & Gala

The second annual Dance Shorts Festival and awards ceremony comes to the USF School of Music this Saturday night with short films from around the country.

A scene from the dance film short "Ossify" submitted by USF student Hannah Luckow.

By Barbara Melendez
USF News

TAMPA, Fla (April 15, 2015) – After a successful debut last year, Dance.Film.Revolution’s Second Annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival returns with this year’s gala awards event April 18, 7:30 p.m. at the USF School of Music Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, $10 general public and are available for purchase at the door.

The films come from around the country from dancers and choreographers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Judges are dance and film professionals who gave scores to the films they reviewed in February. Twelve will be showcased at the gala and the awards will be announced “Oscar”-style.

Festival Founder Sharon McCaman

Dance.Film.Revolution, the brainchild of Sharon McCaman, is a USF student-run organization. The festival and gala are supported by the USF College of The Arts and the USF Office for Undergraduate Research.

As the website explains, “Dance on film is growing rapidly and becoming more and more important to the This genre is providing a way to share movement, artistry and innovation with anyone in the world. It helps to connect us and keep dance within reach of people both dancers and non-dancers alike.”

McCaman, who is the president of Dance.Film.Revolution and the festival's artistic director, has noticed a change.

“Just as it is the case with concert dance, dance for camera is always changing and evolving,” McCaman said. “Sometimes it is a reaction to popular trends and sometimes it is a result of evolution and innovation. If last year was a ‘new’ generation of techno-choreographers, this year is the ‘next’ generation of techno-choreographers."

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Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563

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