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Marquee TV launches first annual Summer Shorts Festival

'Popsicle' by Katherine Helen Fisher (part of San Francisco Dance Film Festival selection).
'Popsicle' by Katherine Helen Fisher (part of San Francisco Dance Film Festival selection).

Marquee TV, the multi-genre performing arts streaming service, will be debuting its first annual Summer Shorts Festival on August 3.

During its Summer Shorts Festival, Marquee TV will debut a curated selection of 28 short films from around the world each day, focused on dance and music, that will be free for all viewers on its platform. Marquee TV has partnered with renowned organisations for these films, including San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Screen.dance Festival and Scottish Ballet.

Films included in the Summer Shorts Festival were carefully curated by the editorial team at Marquee TV in collaboration with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival to shine a spotlight on exceptional content. Highlights include: Nela, a strikingly intimate study of the great classical ballerina (and current Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet) Marianela Nuñez as she dances to Nina Simone; Bunny, the 2020 UK Audience Choice Award winner at the Screen.dance festival in Scotland; Making Men, an artistic collaboration across Belgium and Zimbabwe, examining the cultural concept of masculinity – the myth and the paradox; O Abraço Logo Vem, a fully animated dance short made with contributions from more than 60 animation artists in Brazil, carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic; and Ekman’s Concise Guide to Natural Movement, a commissioned short by renowned Swedish choreographer, Alexander Ekman and his favorite film maker, T.M. Rives for San Francisco Dance Film Festival’s Co-Laboratory program.

The month-long festival includes content from artists in the US, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Argentina and Italy, as well as a special series from Scottish Ballet.

“The very best short films tell compelling stories in an accessible way; they can make you laugh, cry, or leave you awestruck all within the span of five minutes,” said Kathleya Afanador, Head of Content for Marquee TV. “Like poems, they are concise, subtle, and they lend themselves to experimentation. Marquee TV is genuinely excited to share these beautiful works of art during our first ever Summer Shorts Festival.”

Since its debut in 2018, Marquee TV has served as an on-demand streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. Serving up a world-class catalogue of contemporary and classical masterpieces, including dance, opera, theatre, music and arts documentaries, Marquee TV has been designed for a growing digital audience of culture lovers and the arts-curious. The network features thousands of hours of content including exclusive titles, behind-the-scenes content, early releases and shorts. 

New subscribers can enjoy a 14-day free trial when signing up to Marquee TV. For the full programme, visit www.marquee.tv.  

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