Off Ground

We see two people standing in a light grey room. A slender woman of 50 and a 12-year-old boy. They are joined togetherlike the links of a chain, their arms entwined, clasping their hands behindeach other’s backs. They change position at a constant rate. One flowing movement. Never losing touch with each other. A game played by a mother and her child. A kind of tango. The sound of feet. Breathing. And faint smiles. Until suddenly the woman’s hands let go of each other.

 Off Ground is a dance film about a boy and his terminally ill mother. In the film, choreographer Jakop Ahlbom and filmmaker Boudewijn Koole explore the transition from one state of consciousness to another.

Festivals
The Netherlands – Cinedans Amsterdam, 2013
The Netherlands – Dans!code Festival, 2013
Poland – Bunkier Sztuki festival Krakauw Polen, 2013
Italy – Teatro a Corte, 2013
Turin, Teatro a Corte, Cinedans Presenteert, 2013
The Netherlands – I like to watch too festival
USA- Best Shorts Competition
Germany – Pool 13 Berlin, 2013
USA – Sans Souci festival, 2013
Argentina – Festival Videodanzaba, 2013
Romania – eXplore dans festival, 2013
Uruguay – Festival Internacional de Videodanza del Uruguay, 2013
The Netherlands – Nederlandse dansdagen, 2013
Germany – POOL Video Dance Night, 2013
USA – Boedecker Theater in Boulder, 2013
USA – The Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, 2013
The Netherlands – Amsterdam Punch! 2013
Columbia – Bogota a short film festival, 2013
Scotland – DANCE:FILM13, 2013
USA – Cucalorus film festival dance camera, 2013
USA – Canyon Theater in Boulder, 2013
The Netherlands, Dans Nederlands Festival, 2013
USA – Movies by Movers, 2013
Romania – BIEFF Festival, 2013
USA – Slamdance, 2014
Germany – Avant Premiere, 2014
USA – DANCE@30FPS festival
Canada – Art FIFA, 2014
USA – AtticRep
Finland, Loikka Festival, 2014
The Netherlands, Go Short Festival, 2014
France – La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, 2014
Sweden – Dansens vecka, Östergötland, 2014
Russia – Cool Connections, 2014
The Netherlands – Best of Go Short, 2014
The Netherlands – Nieuwe Anita, 2014
Guatemala – Departamento de Danza de la Escuela Superior, 2014
USA- Los Angeles Film Festival, 2014
Italy – Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival, 2014
Taiwan – International Dance Video Exhibition, 2014
Slovenia – Festival Performa Platforma, 2014
Spain – Choreoscope 2014, 2014
China – Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival, 2014
USA – San Francisco Dance Film Festival, 2014
Duitsland – Braunschweig International Film Festival, 2014
Duitsland – Interfilm 30th International Short Film Festival, 2014
Nieuw Zeeland – Dance Wellington Festival5, 2014
Hong Kong Dance Festival – i-dance, 2014
US – Canyon Theater – Boulder Public Library, 2014
New Zealand – Dance Wellington Festival5, 2014
Spain – Fiver Dance Film Festival, 2015
Greece – Loikka on Tour program,  2015
France – 8èmes Journées Internationales du Film sur l’Art, 2015
Canada – REGARD Short Film Festival, 2015
Poland – Short Waves Festival, 2015
UK – Tees Dance Film Festival, 2015
Chile – Bestias Danzantas, 2015
Canada – Cinédanse Québec 2015
Brazil – cineDDDança Film Festival, 2016
Lithuania – New Baltic Dance, 2016
Spain – Origen, 2016
Austria – dotdotdot, Open Air Kurzfilmfestival, 2016
The Netherlands – Heelmeesters Filmfestival, 2016
US – Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, 2016
US – Jacob Burns Film Center, 2016
Poland – Short Waves Festival, 2017

Prijzen
Cinedans 2013 – Publieksprijs
Duitsland Pool 2013 – Pearls Award
Best Short Competition – Award of Merit: Short film
Movies by Movers 2014 – Winner Short Competition
Dans NL Festival, 2013 – Bilaterale Vieringen: NL- RU jaar
DANCE@30FPS festival – Jury award & Audience award
Art FIFA, 2014 – Award for Creativity
Loikka Festival, 2014 – Audience award
Omroep RAI – Prix Italia
Short Waves Festival – Third Prize Dances with Camera Competition & Audience Prize
Fiver Dance Film Festival – Winner Best Film
Jumping Frames Int. Dance Video Festival – Dance Video Award & Audience Choice Award
InShadow Festival 2015 – Best Film
InShadow Festival 2015 – Best Choreography
InShadow Festival 2015 – Best Interpretation
InShadow Festival 2015 – Best International Film