Striking Gold in Baku 21/11/2014

Baku International Sports Film FestivalWhen the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) entrusted Spanish director Pedro Toro with the production of the official film on the inaugural edition of the World DanceSport Games, it knew that it had assigned the best man to the job. Sport and music are Pedro’s passion – and both were at the very core of the multi-disciplinary event held for the first time in Kaohsiung, TPE, in September 2013.

When “Do your dance,” Pedro’s film on 800 top-level athletes competing over five days in different DanceSport disciplines, premiered during the WDSF General Meeting in Bucharest, ROU, this June, it was above all dancers who rose to their feet for a long ovation. But more critical acclaim was to follow soon thereafter from broadcasters around the world.

Now, on 20 November, the film won the Gold award at the II Baku International Sports Film Festival held in the Azerbaijani capital under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the National Olympic Committee. Some 130 productions from 33 countries had been entered into the festival; 48 of them were selected and considered for the awards by an International Jury headed by Dr Florian Endre Gabor, HUN.

WDSF Presidium Member Heidi Goetz represented the sports governing body as the producer of the documentary in Baku and received the award on behalf of the director. In her acceptance speech, the chair of the WDSF Communications Commission thanked Pedro for making a film that transmits the enthusiasm and the pure joy that dance as sport is capable of generating in a way like none other had done before.  She also thanked the other members of the WDSF Communications team, the games’ organiser - the City of Kaohsiung - and the host broadcaster Formosa TV for their respective parts in the making of “Do your dance.”

Reacting on the news of the festival win in Azerbaijan without delay, WDSF President Carlos Freitag and WDSF First Vice-President Lukas Hinder sent their congratulatory messages to the entire WDSF Communications team late last night.

“This win will certainly help when we launch our bidding process for future editions of the WDSF World DanceSport Games,” President Freitag wrote. 

“This proves that we have the best people on board and I hope that we will achieve other milestones in the communication of DanceSport soon,” First Vice-President Hinder stated in his message.

The 69-minute film (director’s cut) is available through the WDSF video-on-demand platform for purchase (US 14.95) or rental (US$ 4.95 for 30 days).

Broadcasters in many countries will soon start airing a shorter version of “Do your dance.”

Cities interested in organising future editions of the WDSF World DanceSport Games find very useful information in this 6-minute reel that was produced with footage of the games held in 2013 in Kaohsiung, TPE.

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Live From: 2014 World Standard 19/11/2014

Baku or Bust

Baku Sports Film FestivalIn the end, DanceSport didn't make it onto the programme of the European Olympic Games 2015 Baku, AZE. But at one year out, it is there anyway!

In December 2012 DanceSport was mentioned as one of two non-Olympic sports to feature in the inaugural edition of the European Olympic Games held in Baku, AZE, in 2015.

inside the games, a reliable source of information regarding the Olympic Movement, was first to headline: "Dancesport is set to be included on the programme when the European Games makes its debut at Baku in 2015." In the end it didn't happen, even though WDSF tried until this year to have the Baku organisers consider the addition of the sport to the games' programme. Here!

But today, 19 November, Heidi Goetz is in Baku and represents DanceSport in an event that is associated with the games - albeit remotely - and that coincides with the Annual Meeting of the European Olympic Committees: the Baku Sports Film Festival.

As the producer of "Do your dance," the film on the first World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung, TPE, Heidi was invited to Baku for the festival. "Do your dance" is one of 48 productions from 23 countries nominated for the awards Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze. 

"Do your dance" will be screened on 20 November 12:00 local time at the Nizami Cinema Center. The awards presentation is scheduled for 21 November. Heidi will report here over the coming days.

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