Inaugurated in 1971 and co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 1996, this ongoing presentation includes a broad range of films from documentaries, shorts, features, experimental works, and music videos that celebrate the immediacy of dance combined with the intimacy of film.
Our programs bring artists, curators, and all fans of film and dance to together. Each offering includes opportunities for screening films at different stages of process, education and professional development. Everyone is invited to participate- from the slightly curious, to the seasoned filmmaker.
We are committed to fostering the creative process and career development of all dance film artists. The tools we offer are designed to help artists raise funds, and support films at each stage of their life from conception to distribution. Not all, but some of these are only available to members.
The Dance on Camera Journal was first edited and published in 1998, by Deirdre Towers and Louise Spain. Printed issues continued until the closing night of the 40th Anniversary Dance on Camera Festival in January 2012. Follow our blog for these archives and for news from the community at large.
From large scale events to small intimate screenings, Dance Films Presents showcases ambitious programming focused on films specifically geared for a special venue or around a specific theme. Attend these events and discover your favorite dance films and meet the artists making them.
Dance On Camera Festival films are readily available for film festival presenters, art venues, and interested educators to bring films from our collection relevant to your audiences and mission. The Dance on Camera Tour is a unique opportunity to customize screenings or access online curated collections.
Funding is crucial at all stages of film production. Whether you need to write a script, pay for a location, or secure an editing suite, our Production Grant can help you get started and get closer to finishing your film. Application opens in the fall.
Finance your film with Fiscal Sponsorship. Apply for grants that require non-profit status, collect donations that are tax-deductible, and receive a consultation and project page on our website to raise awareness and raise funds. Applications are rolling.
Make use of our Distribution and Festival Guides to find organizations, companies, and institutions interested in anything from dance for the camera to documentaries. Visit the Dance and Media Timeline to further your investigation in the history of dance film.
Dance Films Association is located 75 Broad Street in Manhattan. Send us a message through our contact form or call the office at (347) 505-8649 to say hello.
Founded in 1956, Dance Films Association is the catalyst for the production, presentation, and preservation of dance on camera.