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Episode 96 | Don’t Underestimate the Phone in Mobile Dance Film Festival w/ Andrew Chapman

On this episode, Dance Behind the Screen podcast co-host Martheya and Azaria interview Andrew Chapman of Mobile Dance Film Festival. They discuss why Andrew found it important to create a film festival with films solely filmed on mobile devices, MDFF’s curation process, tips and advice on filmmaking, and a special new term “Ediography”. Enjoy this episode! (53:38)


[0:41] The Team says welcome back and introduces Andrew Chapman of Mobil Film Festival. The team tells us about Andrew Chapman and another dance film festival that we love, Mobile Dance Film Festival. This episode dives in deep with this festival that screens dance films made on mobile devices.


[3:02] Topic: Don’t Underestimate the Mobile Device

  • [3:45] Azaria asks: “Can you briefly share about some of the history of the Mobile Dance Film Festival”

  • [6:55] Martheya asks: “What made you so interested in this mobile aspect?”

[9:33] Topic: “Ediography” & Curation

  • [13:47] Martheya asks: “Could you talk to us more about what this looks like: how are you selecting the jury panel? How are you reviewing the films?

  • [16:09] Martheya asks: “What is the spiel [what is means to adjudicated dance film]”?

  • [20:26] Martheya asks: “What do you think are the three to five characteristics that you find in dance films that are always selected?”

  • [25:17] Azaria asks: “What are your predictions for the future of your particular festival or how the dance and film world will continue as we evolve and probably make better and smarter phones?”

[26:49] Topic: Advice for the Filmmaker