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The 17th Dance Camera West Film Festival opens Thursday, April 12. / Photo courtesy of Sonder

In its 17th year running, the Dance Camera West Film Festival makes its mark on the West Side this Thursday through Sunday, April 12 to 15. Partnering with Jacob Jonas The Company to present “To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier,” the screenings and live performances take place at the Fowler Museum, Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica and on the pier in that city as well.

The festival includes an evening of international short films that explore the myriad ways dance and film can intersect, documentary profiles of world-renowned movement artists and live outdoor performances from local and national dancers and dance companies. The mission of the festival is to showcase high-quality modern, post-modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and all styles that have been captured on film.

The al fresco performances — surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Pier and the setting sun — include artists such as the Seaweed Sisters, the ever-inventive Pilobolus, Emily Kikta of New York City Ballet and the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, among others.

Briefly, the schedule is:

Thursday, April 12, at the Fowler Museum

8 p.m.  International Shorts, Opening Night Reception and post-screening Q&A

Friday, April 13

6:30 p.m.  “To the Sea” Program A at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier

8 p.m.  West Coast Premiere of “La Chana” by Lucija Stoievic at Laemmle Santa Monica

Saturday, April 14, at Laemmle Santa Monica

Noon  West Coast Premiere of “The Sacrosanct Accompanist,” by former Martha Graham dancer Terese Capucilli and “SONDER” by Anamaria Antoci

3 p.m.  “Ingmar Bergman Through the Choreographer’s Eye” by Fredrik Stattin and “22:22” by Charlotte Ginsborg

6:30 p.m.  “To The Sea” ­Program B at west end of the Santa Monica Pier

Sunday, April 15, at Laemmle Santa Monica

Noon “The Choreographer Mats Ek” by Andreas Söderberg and Björn Eriksson

1:30 p.m.  “On Pointe” by Tati Vogt

3:00 p.m.  United States Premiere screening of “Atomos” by Wayne McGregor and Ravi Deepres, followed by “Black Stains” by Tiffany Rhynard

6:30 p.m  “To The Sea” ­Program B at west end of the Santa Monica Pier

Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA

• More information: https://www.dancecamerawest.org, https://jacobjonas.com

• Festival trailer: https://vimeo.com/259783406

The Fowler Museum is at 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, LA 90024

The Laemmle Santa Monica is at 1332 Second St., Santa Monica 90401

Behind Mariasol restaurant at 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401

Tickets are free to $25 and can be purchased at: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/shoppingcart?mfid=1523305335092_c895647c2c194&flowlogging_id=c895647c2c194#/checkout/shoppingCart

“Concerts By the Sea” are free, but RSVP required: