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Call for Student Screendance Works

The University of Utah’s Departments of Modern Dance and Film and Media Arts are requesting submissions of student dance films to be screened on the opening night of the 9th International Screendance Festival and Summer Intensive Editing Workshop with SIMON FILDES, June 23, 2013. Submissions must be a screendance piece, created specifically for film or video, or a staged work recreated for the camera. We are also accepting short dance-related documentaries. Please note that these submissions are not to be performance documentations. A small cash prize for the Jury’s Choice will be awarded.

Postmark deadline for mailed submissions is by 5:00PM, March 1st. Online submissions must be received by midnight Mountain Standard Time, March 15. All submissions must include a submission form for each submission. Individuals are allowed to submit a maximum of 3 films.

Links to Submission Forms will soon be available at

For submission information please contact: Tanja London,,

Send submissions or links to: Ben Estabrook,

International Screendance Festival
University of Utah Department of Modern Dance
330 S 1500 East, Room 106
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA

Three ways to participate in the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy

Karolin Kent's dance film "Vit Gestalt".


The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (France) will celebrate its fifth season in April 2013. The festival is a platform for short dance films (screendance, dance for camera) that explores the dynamic possibilities of movement created specifically for the camera/screen. In addition to its regular call for dance films, the festival has several special project opportunities included below.


  • Video dance submissions of any style less than 15 minutes in length will be considered for the festival program. Documentaries and live performance recordings are not eligible. Send a link to view your film on an online platform (Vimeo & YouTube are strongly advised). If you prefer, you may create a private or password protected link for festival curators only. Please e-mail the project’s online link (and password, if applicable), your name, all credits (director, choreographer, etc.), a one paragraph description of the film, in addition to the project’s year of completion, length, and country of production. Send submissions to: Please be sure to include all the information requested. Deadline to submit is February 28, 2013.
  • Body Cinema, the company that curates and produces the festival, invites you to collaborate on its latest project, a video collage honoring Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), a pivotal ballet and musical composition that celebrates its first centenary this year. Participation is open to all. Artists will each be assigned a different two-three minute extract of Stravinsky’s score (e-mailed to them as a digital music file) and asked to create a video dance to their portion of the music. Interpretation of the composition/themes/movement, etc. is entirely open. The goal is to celebrate the centenary of this monumental force in early modern music and dance through the medium of screendance. Despite the many versions of live stage productions, Le Sacre du Printemps has rarely been examined from a dance media perspective. Participants’ videos will be joined together to create a collage project that will premiere during the festival (Cinema Le Morvan and the National Theatre). If project participation is high, multiple versions of the collage may be created for exhibition and screening during the festival. The project is an initiative of Body Cinema/International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy in partnership with the Vienna Symphonic Library of Austria (the institution providing the music), among others. To learn more and/or sign up for the project please e-mail: by February 1. As soon as your e-mail is received, you will be sent a musical file within 48 hours that will allow you to begin working on your video as soon as you’d like. Final videos must be completed by February 28, 2013.
  • The festival is seeking dance films of any length inspired by and/or linked to graphic novels, manga, and/or comic books for a special exhibition at La Médiathèque of Le Creusot during the festival week. To submit: please e-mail us a link where we can see the film. In your message, include your name, all credits (director, choreographer, etc.), a one paragraph description of the film and how it is linked to the theme of the exhibition; in addition to the project’s year of completion, length, and country of production. Send submissions to: Please be sure to include all the information requested. Deadline to submit is February 28, 2013.
Please review the guidelines for submission on the Festival’s website.

Our Picks at the Dance On Camera Festival

"Coup de Grace" by Clara Van Gool

Whether your interest is in ballet stars of bygone eras or edgy dance films that push at the boundaries of cinema, there is something for you at the Dance On Camera Festival. The question is just how to find it. The good news is that this year, the festival programming on the Dance Films Association’s website is quite easy to navigate. Arranged by genre, title, and schedule, it is easy to zero in on the programs that you most want to see.

For fans of screendance, the genre of dance made for the camera, the bad news is that there are only two shorts programs being shown at the Dance On Camera Festival this year, but luckily they are good ones. The first is the Dance Film Narratives program, playing on Jan 27th and 29th. Featuring two highly anticipated films by veteran dance filmmakers, Clara Van Gool and Pontus Lidberg, this program will be seeped in dramatic storytelling and breathtaking choreography for the camera. Coup de Grace the latest dance film by Clara Van Gool (director of the acclaimed screen adaptation of DV8’s Enter Achilles) features Jordi Cortes Molina and Damian Munoz, two adversaries who meet in a remote location and engage in a physical and emotional duel. Pontus Lidberg’s Labyrinth Within hauntingly depicts the suspense and jealousy surrounding a love triangle and features NYC Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan and a commissioned score by David Lang.

The second opportunity to see dance for camera is the Shorts Program, a free event at Lincoln Center’s new Elinor Bunin Monroe Auditorium on Saturday Jan 28th. A lighthearted and whimsical selection will be shown here, and features some work by local favs including Jody Oberfelder’s case of mistaken identity, Come Sit Stay and Pooh Kaye’s romp on the wild side in Spring Cleaning.

There are several other other notable screendances sprinkled throughout the festival, including Ora, the first film to use 3D thermal imaging (part of Pilobolus and shorts), and Falling, a gorgeously rendered film about dancers and gravity made by Adrian Churchill the special effects creator of the BBC television series, Merlin.

Several documentaries in this year’s festival seem to blur the boundaries of reality and experimental art film. Examples can be found in the Dance Legacies program on Jan 30th & 31st featuring artful shorts about dance being passed through the generations (Cari Ann Shim Sham’s Sand) and as commentary on social changes (David Rousseve’s portrait of Indonesia in Two Seconds After Laughter and Bruce Berryhill & Martha Curtis’s documentary on Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s work after Hurricane Katrina, Re-staging Shelter). The roots of Robert Wilson’s enigmatic theatre work are exposed in The Space In Back of You an homage to the radical Japanese performer and choreographer Suzushi Hanayagi, whom Wilson collaborated with for 20 years.

Last but not least, you don’t want to miss Sally Sommers, Charles Atlas, and Michael Schwartz’s long awaited documentary Check Your Body at the Door, a tribute to New York’s underground House culture, featuring dances filmed over twenty years and never seen before on screen. Check Your Body will be preceded by freedom2dance, a short that examines the devastating impact of Mayor Giuliani’s strict enforcement of the Cabaret Laws on New York’s once thriving underground dance club culture. This program will also screen the winner of DFA’s first High School Student Film Competition, giving us a sneak peak at the future of screendance!

The 40th edition of the Dance On Camera Festival will take place from January 27-31 at the Walter Reade Theater as well as the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center.  For more information go to DFA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s websites to see the full line-up, as well schedule and ticket information.

ReelDance Call for Entries

ReelDance is currently inviting submissions of Australian and international screen dance work in the following categories*:

  1. single channel (looped for installation)
  2. multi-channel (looped for installation)
  3. screen dance short – under 10mins (single screening)
  4. mid-length screen dance – 10-60mins (single screening)
  5. dance documentary (single screening)
  6. online and/or mobile environments

*Entries must fall within the following definition: the work must contain within its main concerns dance and/or dynamic expressions of movement created specifically for the screen, be it human movement, the dance-like movement of inanimate objects, dance effects achieved through filming or post-production, or abstract motion studies. NOTE: Recordings of live dance performance will not be considered (unless as part of dance documentary).

*Only works created after 1 January 2010 will be considered.

Closing date for submissions: 29 February 2012, AEDT 17:00 hrs

For more information and to submit online application form go to:

ReelDance is an internationally recognized arts organisation supporting innovative collaborative practice across dance, film and new media art. We provide a forum for dance screen culture, developing and defining this artistic field of practice in Australia and New Zealand, and promoting local work both nationally and internationally.

ReelDance curates, presents and consults on programs of single and multi-screen works for exhibitions, broadcast and festivals. Other activities include professional development for those working in the field of dance screen through workshops and forums, creating distribution opportunities for Australian dance filmmakers. Also, ReelDance has established the Moving Image Collection, a significant archive of Australian and New Zealand dance screen works.

Dance On Camera Festival Lineup Announced

En Dedans, Gabrielle Lamb

New Yorkers and dance film-lovers from around the world look forward to the Dance On Camera Festival each year. For the past 40 years, this annual festival has been the central anchor and source for new dance on film. The 40th edition of the Dance On Camera Festival will take place from January 27-31 at the Walter Reade Theater as well as the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center.

While we at Move the Frame tend to focus primarily on dance made for the screen, the festival’s programmers have always made an effort to encompass the vast range of styles and genre’s that make up dance film. “We try to reach far and wide to find films that connect dance and camera in ways that will surprise and inspire viewers to deepen their interest in both mediums,” says Joanna Ney, co-curator of the festival. “This year’s selection offers a diversity of subject, style and genre aimed at the traditionalist as well as the iconoclast.”

Dance enthusiasts will find many documentaries about dance luminaries such as Natalia Makarova and Robert Wilson, historic dance presenters and companies such as Jacob’s Pillow, the Joffrey Ballet, and Pilobolus, and innovative choreographer Wayne McGregor. Film enthusiasts will enjoy innovative shorts by inspired directors such as Clara Van Gool, Pontus Lidberg, and New York’s own Jody Oberfelder.

In another post we’ll share with you our personal picks for the festival, but for now, go to DFA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s websites to see the full lineup, as well as schedule and ticket information.

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