Loikka Awards and the Finnish 60secondsdance awards were announced at the end of the festival on Sunday 8th of April. The 2000 € Loikka Award donated by the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, AVEK, was awarded to Sonder by Simona Deaconescu. Yle Teema Uusi Kino award of 1000 € was given to Hannes Renvall, Ria Bäckström and Saija Lehtola for their film Some Ways to Get Rid of a Body. In addition to this, Scottish Billy Cowie was given a special mention for Tango Brasileiro. Czech Veronica Vaculiková’s Cycles won the Loikka Student Award which contains MDFL workshop, donated by Malakta Dance Film Lab.
Spanish Juanjo Giménez’s Timecode won the Loikka Audience Award honorary mention as the best film of the festival voted by the audience. American Alexa Mode, John Boogz and Lil Buck’s Colors of Reality on the other hand won the Loikka Youth Award honorary mention as the best film voted by the students in school screenings. In addition to this, the winners of 60secondsdance competition were also awarded in the Loikka Award ceremony. 60secondsdance, held for the third time, is an annual Nordic competition for dance films with a length of one minute. The winner of the main award of 1500 € is Jan Vesala with the Danish film Bang. The Runner Up award of 500 € was awarded to Sami Hokkanen with Little Things. Best one-minute dance film voted by the audience is Remains by Greek Vasilis Arvanitakis.
Future Screens of Dance conference, held alongside the festival, received over 150 participants, most of whom represented international dance film festivals and filmmakers. The diverse programme of the Loikka Festival and the conference were seen as crucial in developing the collaboration and the field of dance film. As a result of the conference several concrete proposals were made to advance the international collaboration and to improve the state of dance film.
The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, AVEK, is giving away a prize 2000 euros in the form of Loikka Award for the best dance film chosen by the international jury. With the donation AVEK wishes to show thanks to Loikka festival celebrating its anniversary as well as to encourage professional dance filmmakers to new accomplishments.
AVEK is a promoter of independent audiovisual productions focusing on documentary films, short films and short animations. AVEK supports the further education of professionals on audiovisual fields, development of audiovisual expression, Finnish audiovisual export and also festivals and events. AVEK operates in connection with the Finnish copyright organisation Kopiosto.
Loikka Awards ceremony will be held in Kino Andorra on Sunday 8th of April at 7:30 PM. The awards are the main Loikka Award of 2000 € given to the best film chosen by the international jury, Loikka Youth Award given in collaboration with Malakta Lab, and Loikka Audience Award, an honorary award given to the best film voted by the festival audience. In addition to this, the Finnish 60secondsdance favouries will be awarded at the same ceremony.
Each country, Finland, Denmark and Norway, have selected their Top10 favourite dance films with the duration of one minute. Now you can also vote for your own favourite at 60secondsdance.com. You have time to vote until Friday 6th April 2018 cl.12.00 (CET).
60secondsdance is a competition for dance films with the duration of one minute. The competition promotes the art form of dance film and gives dance filmmakers an online platform to showcase their work. The competition is co-produced by three partners: Loikka Dance Film Festival, Dansehallerne/ScreenMoves (DK) and DansiT (NO). With the Nordic collaboration we wish to increase the interest and broaden the awareness of dance films in general.
In 2018, for the fourth time, 60secondsdance competition seeks out the finest in one-minute dance films. The Finnish jury will select the Top10, Runner Up and winning films of the competition. The winners chosen by the jury will receive prizes. Audience members can also vote for their favourite through 60secondsdance.com web-site.
Finnish Jury 2018:
Kati Kallio (Artistic director of Loikka Dance Film Festival)
Otto Kylmala (Writer-director, Artistic Director of festivals, Curator, Critic)
Piia Nokelainen (Film Commissioner - The Finnish Film Foundation)
Tapani Rinne (Musician and Composer)
Read more, watch the films and vote for your favourite: www.60secondsdance.com
Loikka is paying it forward ❤️ Take part in the Mesenaatti crowdfunding campaign and offer youths, immigrants or a group of your own choice a chance to attend dance film and virtual reality screenings at Loikka Festival. Loikka will give tickets to different target groups in collaboration with HelsinkiMissio and the Finnish Red Cross.
Tickets for HelsinkiMissio will be delivered to volunteer work in activities aiding young people. The target group is 12-29-year-olds who are in need of a support person. The most common reasons for reaching out to a support person are lack of activities, a need of someone to talk to, family relationship challenges, difficulties in everyday life and facing loneliness. The support persons are over 25-year-old trained volunteers who meet with the youths two to four times a month. By giving out tickets to HelsinkiMissio you are enabling the youths and their support persons to visit Loikka Festival.
Tickets for the Finnish Red Cross will be delivered to volunteer work in aiding social activities with people of all ages as well as integrative activities with immigrants. The volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross offer help and support for people feeling lonely by arranging versatile range of friend agencies for youths, adults and elderly people and by supporting the integration of immigrants in Finland. By giving out tickets to the Finnish Red Cross you are enabling their target groups along with the volunteers to visit Loikka Festival.
With the crowd funding campaign we hope to receive new audiences at Loikka Festival. At the same time we wish to promote dance film and virtual reality pieces and offer a chance for people who normally wouldn’t get to enjoy dance film screenings an access to our festival. Our versatile programme is not bound to language, and therefore it is suitable for a wide audience from youths to families with children and to elderly viewers.
Find out more and support our crowdfunding campaign: https://mesenaatti.me/en/campaign/?id=845#single/view
Do you want to take part in creating the 10th Loikka Dance Film Festival? Join our team and become a volunteer!
Loikka is looking for enthusiastic volunteers for versatile tasks in festival production, such as delivering posters, upholding ticket sales and info desk and assisting with multiple tasks in film screenings and the international conference.
This year we are also looking for volunteers to assist with realising the VR programme at Annantalo. As a volunteer you get to work with experts in the field of VR and learn about the different forms and execution of VR experiences. We are looking for volunteers for technical tasks and to uphold the virtual reality works and guide the audience. All the volunteers will be trained for the assignment on April 4th. We require the volunteers to engage for the assignment at least for two days. The volunteers are needed from 3rd to 9th of April, for building and taking down the VR sets as well as assisting with practical tasks during the festival.
As a volunteer at Loikka you get to learn a lot and work in an inspiring atmosphere. In addition to this you are welcome to experience the festival programme and you will receive a letter of reference. Interested? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell a bit about your background, previous experience at festivals and of which tasks you are interested in at Loikka. Please let us also know when you are available to volunteer during the festival dates 5 to 8 April or as a VR volunteer 3 to 9 April. Delivering posters will take place already on weeks 12 and 13.
Loikka Dance Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Helsinki on 5th-8th of April, 2018. Loikka warmly welcomes everyone to enjoy the unique dance film programme which also highlights glimpses of the festival’s ten-year-old history. In addition to this, for the first time Loikka will also be presenting an extensive programme of virtual reality works curated for a wide audience. Physical expression, dance and immersive experiences are intertwined in the virtual reality programme.
Loikka is happy to announce one of the virtual reality works presented in the programme is VR_I by the Swiss dance artist Gilles Jobin, created in collaboration with Artanim Foundation developing Real Virtual technology. VR_I was selected at the Sundance Film Festival and it also won the innovation and people’s choice award for best performance at the 49th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montréal. In VR_I a group of five viewers will enter as avatars into a world of virtual reality which is commonly shared and converts in real time. The viewers interact with each other as well as the virtual dancer they encounter in different landscapes.
In addition to the festival Loikka also organises an international Future Screens of Dance conference on 5th-7th of April. The programme of the conference will focus on the future of dance film and the roles of art and artists in the production of virtual reality. The conference gathers film makers, artists and representatives of new technologies to discuss from different aspects the possibilities of merging dance, film and technology.
The ticket sales start with pre-sale of series tickets at Loikka website on February 19th.
The festival programme will be announced on March 1st.
You may use the codes given with the series tickets to book a ticket for a screening after March 1st.
Loikka Dance Film Festival 5th – 8th April 2018
Dance film programme, Kino Andorra (Eerikinkatu 11) and Orion Cinema (Eerikinkatu 15)
Virtual reality programme, Annantalo (Annankatu 30)
Future Screens of Dance conference 5th – 7th April 2018, Annantalo (Annankatu 30) and Kino Andorra (Eerikinkatu 11)
You still have time to submit your film at http://60secondsdance.com/competition/
The competition is open from 06.11.2017 and will close on 11.01.2018
International artists are invited to submit 60-second dance films to the 2018 edition of 60secondsdance. The competition offers international artists an opportunity to showcase their 60 seconds dance film on our YouTube channel for audiences worldwide, as well as the possibility of being pre-selected for the Top 30 chosen by the Nordic jury.
The winners will be distributed to an extensive network of screening venues, festivals and broadcasting networks. 60secondsdance aims to show dance films with high artistic quality to a large number of audiences in urban as well as peripheral localities.
To submit a film is free of charge. You must simply upload your 60 seconds dance film on YouTube and follow the guidelines listed on www.60secondsdance.com. Important: Films exceeding 60 seconds will be disqualified.
Each partnering country selects their own Top 10, winner and runner-up, and a submitted film has the opportunity to win three times! The audience can once again participate in 60secondsdance by voting on our website for their favorite film from each country’s Top 10. Each country will award the winners the following prizes: winner: € 1500, runner-up: € 500, Audience Award: touring with the Nordic Winner Compilation.
The winners will be announced in April 2018.
For more information: www.60secondsdance.com