First Position

  • Screening Dates: 8th August, 6 pm  //  22nd August, 8 pm
  • Directed by: Bess Kargman (feature debut)
  • Running time: 94 minutes
  • Rating: (G) Documentary

Ballet documentary following six young dancers (aged nine to nineteen) over the course of a year as they face injury and personal sacrifice on their way to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world and awards full scholarships to top ballet schools.

“Director Bess Kargman interviews the competitors, their families and teachers, and we learn of the many sacrifices made for the sake of ballet. The kids’ love for dance helps them struggle through injured feet and near exhaustion, all while navigating the drama and changes that come with adolescence. Prepare to be moved and inspired by these gifted young dancers.” (Toronto International Film Festival 2012)