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About the Film

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s largest ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, nothing short of perfection is acceptable. Bess Kargman’s award-winning, box office hit documentary FIRST POSITION follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted ballet stars of tomorrow.

First Position had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was named the audience choice’s 1st runner-up for Best Documentary. It also won the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Doc Fest, it won the audience award for Best Documentary at the Dallas International Film Festival, it won the audience award for Best Documentary at the Portland International Film Festival, and it won the audience award for Best Documentary at DOC NYC. Prior to its completion,  First Position won the WESTDOC PitchFest. Director Bess Kargman was also given the Best New Director award at the Portland International Film Festival in 2012.

First Position can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix…etc., as well as HBO Latin America and on BRAVO (TV) in the U.S.

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Click here to read what the press is saying.
Click here to read a statement from the director.
Click here for a list of past festivals/awards.
Click here for our rating on Rotten Tomatoes.