The festival, which aims to showcase a diverse selection of independent films each year, managed to push the boundaries of storytelling and connecting with audiences by presenting the awards online this year.
The award-winning short film tells the story of Stoan (a.k.a. Stoan 'Move' Galela), a dancer who uses African electronic Gqom beats to motivate children in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa to jive through their hardship and find their superpowers.
According to Jansch, the award-winning short film came about by chance. "I met Stoan through my co-producer, Mandilakhe Yengo," says Jansch.
"It was a random encounter as he was working behind the scenes as a choreographer on a series. We started chatting and I asked him how long he has been a dancer for. He answered by saying, 'I'm not a dancer, I'm a mover'. I was immediately intrigued," adds Jansch.
Stoan (Mthuthuzeli Stoan Galela) is a self-taught dancer from Gugulethu outside Cape Town. He started dancing at an early age and his passion is his free dance group, the United Township Dancers.
Stoan's dream is to make dance his mainstream gig. "To make money I sell paraffin, I choreograph bride and groom dances and other gigs that come my way and I sell '#move - away from gangsterism' T-shirts to raise awareness about fighting crime and gangsterism in the community," says Stoan.
Jansch wanted to make the film in a way that felt as real and immersive as being with Stoan in the flesh. "This was the only way to tell his story. Of course, no-one could play a better Stoan than Stoan himself," Jansch says.
"The same goes for Alatha, his daughter, and the dancers. I wanted to bring as much integrity to the project as possible, while shining a light and raising awareness for Stoan and the incredibly talented children he teaches," Jansch adds.
"Winning this award is an incredible honour and truly came as a surprise. When the jury told me I had won, it became divinely apparent why I had been compelled to make this film: to give Stoan and these extremely talented children the global platform they deserve," says Jansch.
"I have always dreamed of becoming an international artist and being recognised for what I love to do, but I didn't ever expect to be involved in films that will win awards like Tribeca," says Stoan.
"I think stories and films have a huge responsibility; they can uplift, challenge perceptions, change priorities and garner awareness. They can do this because they can move audiences," says Jansch.
"If ever there was a time that revealed the importance of movement, it is now. Movement can heal, transcend, transform. We will get through these times and we will move again," concludes Jansch.
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