CAPITOL is a destination for Dancinephiles who want to see top quality technique, storytelling and creative expression on the big screen, and cultivate their own skills by connecting with industry leaders and those who are passionate about what they do. It's a total love-fest and dancefilm geek out!

LIVE events will be happening October 6-8 2023 and hosted at Eaton Workshop in Downtown Washington, D.C.

From the Director, Jen Ray:
"The Dance & Cinema Festivals grew out of a desire to connect those involved & interested in the arts & industries of Dance & Cinema.  These art forms have incredible potential to communicate through movement & not only move viewers emotionally, but amplify & clarify each other  when intelligently combined. Dance and Film, through their science & essence,  beautifully enable & and elevate each other. The Festivals are focused on celebrating & sharing a high calibre & diverse range of programming."

A Brief History of Dancinema's Festivals:

- Dancinedocs Screening & Panel co-presented with Frameform Podcast
- LIVE events in Washington, DC (screenings, receptions, prizes, after hours)
- Standard Vision Artistic Achievement & Showcase Awards (3)
- Online shorts & features

2020 & 2021:
- Frameform Podcast
- Online screenings
- LIVE events in Washington, DC

- 2 days of screenings, forums & networking at Eaton Workshop D.C.
- 4 days of screenings, forums, networking, workshops & podcast interviews at various locations in Vancouver, BC including Vancouver International Film Centre & The Dance Centre
- Dancinema Workshops at The REACH Opening Festival @ The Kennedy Center & Utah Dance Film Festival
- Feature Film Previews Screening & Audience Survey
- American Tap documentary feature film screening co-presented with Vancouver Tap Dance Society plus Tap Dance in Media Panel with Andrew Nemr, Max Pollak, Danny Nielson, Demi Remick & Jen Ray
- Screendance Forum partnership and podcast interviews with: Maxime Beauchamp and Kent Donguines of Aimer Films inc., George Turnbull, Erin Cheung of Ouro Collective.
- Discover Dancinema workshop with Jen Ray co-presented with Shine Dance Festival
- D.C.Future in Focus Panel with Mark Orsborn (The JaM Project), Steven Butler, Becky Ferrell (Dance Metro DC) & Jen Ray (Dancinema)
- Vancouver Future in Focus Panel with Tamara Thompson Levi (Shine Dance Festival) , Valerie Poulin & Robbert-Jan Brems (Danse Bloom) and talk "Don't Follow Your Dreams" by Danielle Jeal.

- Shorts Showcase and Dancefilm Forum @ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre
- Standard Vision Awards & Summer Showcase, with closing party in September in L.A.

-"Dancinema & Dialogue" Documentary Feature Film Screenings featuring Renewal (Stacey Menchell Kussell) and Jig Show (Leslie Cunningham) @ The Dance Exchange
- Shorts Showcase and Dancefilm Forum @ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre
- Vancouver: 20 short films, The Meeting of Minds Forum, Dancefilm Workshops

- Vancouver: 55 short films, 9 feature films, Youth Program, Dance Workshops, The Meeting of Machines Performances.

We also produce CASCADIA Dance & Cinema Festival in Vancouver.
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Standard Vision Artistic Achievement Award (1)
Standard Vision Showcase Award (3)
Audience Choice for each screening block

• All works must be original and Entrants must own the rights or have permission to use the materials included in their videos and performances.

• Entrant(s) confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry.

• Entrant(s) will allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.

Overall Rating
  • Sherwin Lau

    Thank you so much for including our music video "To Us" in your screening this year. We were so bummed that we couldn't make it but the communication with Jen was great! Congratulations to the team at CAPITOL Dance & Cinema festival for creating a wonderful platform for filmmakers and artists to showcase our talents!

    December 2022
  • Richard James Allen

    What a delight it was to work with Jen, Hannah, Mark and Lauren! A passionate team with a deep appreciation for the art form of screendance.

    March 2019
  • GREAT energy around this festival. They are passionate about dance and passionate about dance on film. Excellent communication and support. I only wish I could have attended.

    September 2018
  • Bradley Howard

    "Friendly hosts, and a diverse line-up of films that celebrate the universal language of dance"

    -Caroline, Producer "I want you but I don't need you"

    August 2017