MANA Contemporary Body + Film Festival

Mana Contemporary Chicago, in Partnership with Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Montom Arts AnnouncesProgramming for First Annual Mana Contemporary Body + Camera Festival: May 20 & 21, 2017.

The festival will feature over 40+ short films by emerging and established artists from around the world, that explore the intersection between the body and the moving image. The works will be presented over two days as short programs, installations and special live presentations. Programs will be free and open to the public but require a ticket available by advance reservations through Eventbrite. Space is limited. For each program, we will be collecting donations to support Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s artist grants.

The festival is designed to provide audiences with a broad spectrum of perspectives from artists making contemporary works in the fields of experimental, dance and performance film. With the addition of special screenings and artist talks surrounding the main program, Body + Camera hopes to engage film-makers and audiences alike in discussion around the festival’s themes.

This year, the 40+ films were carefully selected with guidance from a jury of valued members of the performance and film community and curated into five unique programs and installations drawn from over 250 submissions from across the globe. Complete festival schedule and links to press screeners are available here. “We have assembled a slew of incredibly engaging, diverse films that we can’t wait to share,” says Director, Programming & Partnerships Molly Feingold, “Our goal is to present works that push traditional mediums to their edge and expand the ongoing conversation about the nature of the body in contemporary society”.

Festival Highlights and Special Programs Include: 20+ national and international films that will be screened over three feature programs


Hosted by Glamhag (Molly Hewitt) will screen nine films with content for more ‘mature audiences’ Must be 21 to attend.


A program of five short films has been curated for a family audience and will incorporate an interactive family activity. Recommended for ages 8+ Audience members are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy during the screening.

Special Screenings and talks with local artist Rashayla Marie Brown and Mana Artist in Residence Leonard Suryajaya.

All films will be shown at:

Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608


Programs will be free and open to the public, but require a ticket available by advance reservations through Eventbrite. Space is limited. Last minute seating will be available on the day of each event depending on availability.