Repetition, Revelation and Transformation:
Editing Screendance with Simon Fildes
June 23-28, 2013


9th International Screendance Festival and Workshop with Simon Fildes

The University of Utah’s Departments of Modern Dance and Film and Media Arts are pleased to announce the 9th International Screendance Festival and Workshop with Simon Fildes. Set in the beautiful mountain city of Salt Lake this week long workshop offers in-depth experience for choreographers and filmmakers in shooting and editing screendance. Mr. Fildes, an award winning screendance editor, will hold screenings, discussions, and demonstrations. The workshop will take place in a Macintosh editing lab with FCP X, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptops to work with their software of choice. If there is enough interest, a pre-festival workshop in FCP X will be offered on Saturday, June 22.

Simon will share his 18 years experience of editing dance on screen, working with the award-winning director Katrina McPherson in this week-long workshop of hands-on editing and examination of process. He will:

  • Encourage an understanding of what motivates and inspires us as makers and artists.
  • Examine kinesthetic responses, rhythmic techniques and formal structuring.
  • Give practical tips and techniques for identifying ‘what feels right’ in an edit.
  • Discuss issues of aesthetics, time and choreography in the edit.
  • Explore a spatial approaches and awareness in editing for multi-screen contexts.

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9th International Screendance Festival and Workshop
June 23 – 28, 2013
University of Utah
$450, Early Bird discount - $400 by May 1
PH (801) 581-7327
FX (801) 581-5442


Housing is available at the University Guest House on the University of Utah campus, a short walk or shuttle bus ride to the Marriott Center for Dance and the Marriott Library where the festival and workshop will be held. Please visit their website at Another option easily accessible by bus is is a light-rail connection from the campus to downtown Salt Lake City where many other accommodation options are available as well. The train runs every 15 minutes and takes about 5 minutes to get downtown.

Claire Bagley:


If you are interested in taking this workshop for University credit, please contact Ellen Bromberg at (More info coming soon!)

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Call for Submissions of student works for The 9th International Screendance Festival

The University of Utah’s Departments of Modern Dance and Film and Media Arts are requesting submissions of student dance films to be screened on the opening night of the 9th International Screendance Festival and Summer Intensive Editing Workshop with SIMON FILDES, June 23, 2013. Submissions must be a screendance piece, created specifically for film or video, or a staged work recreated for the camera. We are also accepting short dance-related documentaries. Please note that these submissions are not to be performance documentations. A small cash prize for the Jury’s Choice will be awarded.

  • Only Region 1 or All Region DVD formats, and working web links will be accepted. Submissions chosen for screening will need to deliver their film in one of the formats specified below, under Submission Formats.
  • The work must have been completed while enrolled in a full-time degree program or workshop setting.
  • DVDs will not be returned unless requested. If requested, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Length of the work must not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Please DO NOT send additional materials with your submission such as press or other presentation materials. An effort is made to preserve a blind jury.
  • Artists may submit up to three different projects for consideration.
  • Jury comments will be available by request.
  • Copies of submitted films will be retained for the purpose of archiving the festival. Also, if possible, please submit 300 dpi digital photos to be used for publicity.


Films can be submitted via data DVD, flash drive or hard drive. DVD Video discs are the least desirable option, but will be accepted if no other format is available.

Entries should be in the QuickTime format using one of the following codecs:

  • Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ, or ProRes 4444
  • H.264 (see notes for H.264 compression below)
  • DV

Please note:

  • PAL entries are acceptable.
  • Please do not letterbox 16:9 entries.
  • Films shot in 23.976 FPS should be submitted at 23.976 FPS. Please do not convert the film to 29.97 FPS. The telecine process creates interlaced pulldown frames that are noticeable when projected.

H.264 - High Definition entries should have a target bitrate of 40Mbps and a maximum bitrate of 60Mbps. You will be able to fit about 14 minutes of video onto a data DVD using these settings.

Postmark deadline for mailed submissions is by 5:00PM, March 1st. Online submissions must be received by 12:00AM, Mountain Standard Time, March 16th. All submissions must include a submission form for each submission. Individuals are allowed to submit a maximum of 3 films.

To submit completed forms:
Email to Tanja London at
Or fax to 801.581.5442
Or snail mail to:

Tanja London
International Screendance Festival
University of Utah Department of Modern Dance
330 S 1500 East, Room 106
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA

For further information, please contact:
Tanja London - or
Ben Estabrook -

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Simon Fildes has worked in a range of organizations and educational institutions as a researcher, creative producer, project manager and teacher. He has spent most of his working life as a freelance in the arts, music and media sector creating web, video and multi channel video installations. He has edited and produced programs for broadcast television, arts and corporate sectors.

Simon initially turned his back on a career in Science after completing a Biology degree, going on to complete an arts post-graduate degree in Electronic Imaging at DJCAD, Dundee University. More recently he has gained a Master of Science degree with distinction, in sustainable development through the University of the Highlands and Islands, Centre for Mountain Studies. Combined with his work experience this education gives Simon a true interdisciplinary outlook.

Over the past 16 years Simon has edited and co-produced on most of the video dance works directed by his partner and collaborator Katrina McPherson including award-winning videos such as ‘Moment’ and ‘There is a Place’. In 2006 he was short-listed for the £30,000 Creative Scotland Awards. Collaborations include interactive works made for, and the international award-winning project. a touring interactive video dance installation and website. He has received a range of arts funding and has exhibited new media artworks in galleries, site specific locations, and undertaken a range of artist in residency commissions including being selected for Scotland’s Year of the Artist program in 2000.

Simon’s wide ranging technical and creative skills have enabled him to work as an editor, production manager and assistant director, and also in research, technical support, new media, project management. Simon is a respected editor of dance films and arts documentaries. The work has taken Simon filming and teaching from Ardnamurchan to Addis Ababa, Hong Kong to Sydney. Simon has given many public lectures, led workshops and chaired debates from Beijing to Buenos Aires, Den Haag to Shenzhen.

In 2009 Simon left a post as part-time lecturer and researcher in Media Arts at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee where he was teaching on the masters course in media arts and actively developing frameworks for critical discourse in Screen based dance through symposia and online networks. See He has written for various publications in this field and was part of the successful 2008 RAE submission for DJCAD.

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9th International Screendance Festival
Marriott Center for Dance and the Post Theater, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
June 23, 24, & 28, 2013, 7:30 pm
General-$7.50, Students-$5.00, U of U Students-no charge
Ellen Bromberg, 801-587-9807,

The University of Utah’s Departments of Modern Dance and Film & Media Arts are pleased to announce the 9th International Screendance Festival. The Festival spans three evenings with different films screened each night.

June 23 – International Student Films (Marriott Center for Dance-click HERE for map)

In conjunction with the Screendance Editing Workshop with Simon Fildes, the students of the University of Utah's Departments of Modern Dance and Film & Media Arts will present an evening of student works chosen from submissions from around the world. Selected by a jury of professionals and students, this evening provides young filmmakers and choreographers with a venue for their work, as well as providing audiences with a glimpse of the art forms’ exciting future. Films from Rwanda, Thailand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the US will be screened.

We Walk Blood Earth

June 24 - An Evening of Films by Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson including World Premiere (The Post Theater-click HERE for map)

Award-winning artists Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson have been creating screendances for over 20 years. We are excited to present the world premiere of their most recent film, “The Time it Takes.” Shot on location on the stunning west coast of South Uist, it features dance artists Simon Ellis (NZ/UK) Dai Jian (China/USA) and Rosalind Masson (Scotland/Germany). Also ncluded in this evening will be their award winning film Moment. Having received the best screen choreography award at IMZ’s International Dance Screen in 2000, the jury citation was “For poetic simplicity in which the structure of the choreography is revealed through the skillful editing”. Also included in the program will be There is a Place, which was selected as the Best Festival Short at Dance Camera West in Los Angeles in 2011. Mr. Fildes will be present to introduce and comment on all films

The Time it Takes
Away From Here

June 28 – An Evening of European Dance Film Curated by Simon Fildes (The Marriott Center for Dance-click HERE for map)

This evening of both classic and contemporary European dance film comes from renowned choreographers and directors including Jonathon Burrows/Adam Roberts, Simon Ellis, Becky Edmunds, Magali Charrier, Lucy Cash, Joelle Bouvier, Wim Vankerkeybus/Walter Verdin, Dunja Jocic/ Marinus Groothof. Mr. Fildes will be present to discuss the films.
All screenings begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the door and are $7.50 for the general public, $5 for students with ID, and University of Utah students are free with U of U ID.

La Chambre

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