Malakta Dance film Lab (MDFL) is an established international gathering of dance film makers, choreographers and dancers at Art Factory Malakta. The MDFL gives participants the opportunity to explore the dance film genre both hands-on and in-depth, through collaborative experimentation and creation in an open and inspiring atmosphere opening up new ways of working with dance and film. Art Factory Malakta, in collaboration with the Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia has been arranging intensive dance film labs since 2012.

The next MDFL will be arranged in 2020!

Earlier Labs

MDFL2018 – Back to Basics: Rhythm and Frame

The laboratory was led by the Light Moves Festival Prize for  Outstanding Overall Work (2017), CINEDANS 2nd Prize (2018) and the Dance for Camera Audience Award (2018)  winners Marlene Millar (CA) and Philip Szporer (CA), co-directors of the Montréal-based dance-media company, Mouvement Perpetuel. 


the Lab delves into how to develop an idea in terms of location and character, working with layers and other aspect of structure.
All participants were asked to bring an idea that they would like to work with during the Lab.


MDFL 2016 – Power

The empowerment of an individual; power struggles; power of the viewer or the performer; political / social power; the power in us; the awareness of being; knowing your power/voice as an artist. The Lab focusses on the creation of content and on the question of why: what do you want to say with your work; how do you communicate with your audiences using the tools of film making; how do you create the content.

The Lab 2017 and 2016 was led by the renowned and respected Icelandic choreographer, filmmaker, artist and educator Helena Jónsdóttir. Helena is a highly experienced, qualified and inspiring artist and pedagogue, and an innovator in the field of Physical Cinema and Dance on Screen.