Inaugurated in 1971 and considered the “mother” of dance film festivals, the Dance On Camera Festival annually presents a broad range of films including documentaries, shorts, features, experimental works, and music videos that celebrate the immediacy of dance combined with the intimacy of film. Dance on Camera Festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association.
Dance on Camera Festival welcomes submissions from professional, amateur, and independent filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines within the dance film genre, including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental. Dance films that uniquely interpret the relationship between dance and film are especially encouraged to apply. Submissions for the 2017 Festival are now closed.
With over 900 films screened since the Festival’s first year in 1971, the 45th annual Dance on Camera Festival will continue to highlight experimental work and uses of new technology within the dance film genre, honor legends and pioneers of dance film with retrospectives and documentary features, and bring an eclectic array ground-breaking films to New York City audiences.
Dance on Camera Festival is New York City’s premier dance film event. Dance Films Association and the Dance on Camera Festival receive generous support from CORE™, MINDBODY, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Arnhold Foundation, Dance and New Media Foundation, and Funders For LGBTQ Issues.
Dance on Camera Festival showcases the best of dance film with a focus on creative and technical talent from all over the world. The 5-day Festival (February 3 – 7, 2017) offers an abundance of opportunities to promote your brand to an audience of not only dance but film lovers and influencers. By supporting Dance on Camera Festival, you join an excellent group of brands that support independent filmmaking, the international dance community, and the arts.
Support DFA by becoming a member! Whether you are a filmmaker or a choreographer, teacher, or curator, your membership is vital to our community. Sign up for any membership level at any time and receive a year full year of DFA benefits: discounts on Dance on Camera Festival submission fees, access to DFA’s Production Grant, discounted year round film screenings and special events, and much more.
Dance on Camera Festival remains the longest-running dance film festival in the world, providing a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression, and intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works. Each February in New York City, the Festival presents feature-length documentary and narrative films, inventive short films, filmmaker panels and special events, cutting edge media and art installations, as well as engaging community and student programs. Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have co-presented the Festival since 1996, hosting screenings and special events at the Walter Reade Theater, with the addition of the Film Society’s landmark state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in 2012.
``It’s equivalent to a semester-long course in dance history or dance media.``
Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine, on the 2015 Dance on Camera Festival
Dance on Camera Festival serves the interests and needs of filmmakers, choreographers, and dancers by:
• Connecting artists with knowledgeable audiences through workshops, panel discussions, Q&As, and special programming throughout the five-day Festival
Inviting press to the Festival, increasing media opportunities for filmmakers
• Hosting receptions and after parties where artists can connect with industry leaders
• Offering Festival filmmakers free admission to all screenings to enjoy the full range of films and programming at Dance on Camera Festival
• Providing additional opportunities to screen filmmakers’ work through the Dance on Camera Tour, a program that has brought Festival films to venues across the United States as well as Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, England, France, Hungary, Iceland, India, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey
Dance on Camera Festival welcomes submissions from professional, amateur, and independent filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines within the dance film genre, including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental. Dance films that uniquely interpret the relationship between dance and film and exceptionally convey the growing affinity between the two mediums are especially encouraged to apply.
On the upcoming 45th edition, Festival Co-Curator Joanna Ney says, “As co-curator of Dance on Camera Festival for the past 20 years, I am particularly interested in the affinity between dance and film. New technology offers new opportunity for filmmakers to experiment with both art forms to create a personal vision. Along with these explorations, I am continually on the lookout for long form documentaries and narratives that further our understanding of dance history and bring cultural figures, legendary and unknown, to light. I look forward to the upcoming festival and urge emerging filmmakers to submit their work.”
Submissions Deadlines and Fees:
July 15, 2016: Submissions Open
September 15, 2016: Regular Deadline
September 30, 2016: Late Deadline
Regular Deadline Standard Fee: $50 USD (Only $20 for DFA Members)
Late Deadline Standard Fee: $60 USD (Only $30 for DFA Members)
Questions regarding submissions may be directed to festival [at] dancefilms.org or by calling 347-505-8649.
Dance on Camera Festival films are readily available for future screenings. The tour is a unique opportunity for customized screenings or online access to our Dance On Camera Festival collection. Partnering film festival presenters, arts venues, and interested educators can curate from our collection to bring films, specifically relevant to their audiences and mission, to any location, any time.
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Art of the Real, Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, and Scary Movies. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2016 recipient was Morgan Freeman. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.
The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Variety, Loews Regency Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.org and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.
Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA), a New York-based nonprofit since 1956, is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA is a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. DFA is broadening its audience via new media initiatives and membership drives, to support cutting edge approaches to dance documentation, and to expand partnerships with schools, arts partners, media sites, and other institutions. Alongside the Dance on Camera Festival, DFA offers year-round programming such as Dance Film Lab, Dance Films Presents, and Capturing Motion NYC, and provides fiscal sponsorship and offers production grants for its members.
Dance Films Association and the Dance on Camera Festival receive generous support from CORE™, MINDBODY, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The Office of the Mayor Bill De Blasio, and Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Arnhold Foundation and Materials for the Arts. For more information visit www.dancefilms.org and follow @dancefilms on Twitter.