FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance on Tour showcases the best of international dance and movement-based films in specially curated programs for K-12 schools and other non-profits. FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance on Tour is a collaborative project between Code f.a.d. Company and North Carolina State University.
University students and film professionals serve together as curators and lesson plan writers to craft unique film programs for screenings in a variety of K-12 classroom settings. Anticipated programs include general film packages for grades K-2 and 3-5, and more tailored packages for social studies and arts classrooms for grades 6-8 and 9-12. Each package of curated films will be sent to the school along with a lesson plan and the festival directors will contact each teacher to be sure they understand how to best incorporate the screening into their classrooms. Film packages are created to meet national educational standards and student learning objectives.
The film programs will be marketed to K-12 schools across North Carolina, and as the festival grows, to schools in other states. The film programs are provided free of charge to the schools; the only requirement is for each teacher to fill out a simple feedback form following the screening in their classroom. These film programs are part of an ongoing research and community engagement project to raise awareness of dance film as an art genre and to showcase its ability to be used for educational purposes.
New films for these touring programs will be accepted each year; however, films may continue to tour to schools for more than one year.
Awards will be given for Curators' Choice for Best Short, Curators' Choice for Best Feature, Best Student Short, Best Student Feature, Audience's Choice for Best Film, and other category awards as deemed applicable. (Awards in the 2016 festival included Best Choreography, Best Direction, Best Sound Score, and other more unique categories.) All films will receive custom FAD laurels and will be publicized through our social media and online outlets (including links to your own film or director pages).
In addition to these traditional awards, all filmmakers will receive feedback from our K-12 audiences (if desired). These film programs are part of an ongoing research and community engagement project to raise awareness of dance film as an art genre and to showcase its ability to be used for educational purposes.
FAD Festival invites all films with a strong connection to dance and movement to apply. Documentaries, narratives, music videos, experimental works, and films of all genres are welcome, as long as movement is an integral component of the film. Films may be of any length; however, short films of 10 minutes or less may have a greater chance of being selected for screenings. Films for adult audiences may apply; however, our main focus will be curating programs for K-12 audiences, so films suitable for younger audiences have the best chance of being accepted. Established, emerging, and student artists are all encouraged to submit their films!