REAson d’etre dance productions produces the Contact Dance International Film Festival, which runs every two years and showcases films based on CONTACT IMPROVISATION and affiliated forms. The next Contact Dance International Film Festival is occurring June 5 to 6, 2021 with an online platform as well as outdoor screenings in Toronto that will provide space for physical distancing.
REAson d’etre dance productions is a Canadian charitable dance company that believes in inspiring people through contact dance improvisation and dance/theatre. We create, produce and program dance works on stage and in film. We explore current themes in a manner that enables the public to benefit from the enlivening and thought-provoking powers of expression through movement. We tell inter-generational stories that represent the lives of people. We strive for a high level of community engagement through classes jams and all-level performance opportunities. We believe that every “body” can dance, and we work to increase the accessibility of the dance arts. Alongside producing professional work, we encourage and support the everyday person in becoming artists.
Jury Selected Awards:
Audience Choice Awards:
Special Award from the Festival Director. This award is presented based on a theme of the Festival Director's choice.
We are looking for dance films based on CONTACT IMPROVISATION. Films need to focus on contact improvisation and momentum-based dance and/or partnering techniques. Momentum-based dance and/or partnering techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over centre of gravity, friction-sliding, following momentum, lifting using momentum rather than muscle power, “listening” with one’s skin surface, etc. Momentum-based dance or partnering methods include Contact Improvisation and affiliated methods such as Axis Syllabus, Dance Parkour or the Kaeja Elevations Technique. Choreography in the dance film can be set (i.e. pre-choreographed) or created in the moment (i.e. improvised choreography). Dance films can be in the genre of narrative, theme-oriented, abstract or documentary and must be sixty minutes or less (although we might be able to program an exceptional full-length film). There are no limitations on productions date although to be eligible for prizes films need to have been released within the last five years. We accept films that have already premiered in festivals or online. All rights to the films must be held by the person or organization submitting. We accept all levels of films. This means that if the jury feels your film adds value to the festival they will program it even if you are a first time filmmaker, the film was shot on your cell phone camera and/or you are new to contact improvisation or film.
Please note for this coming festival we are looking for Contact Improvisation films as well as films that show how the contact improvisation communities are responding/dealing-with/processing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Film submission fee:
Early-bird (Feb 29, 2020) - $3
Regular (March 31, 2020) - $4
Late-bird (extended to June 30, 2020, due to COVID-19) - $5
Please fees can be waived upon request for those in need.
What happens once I submit my film?
- Films are chosen by a jury of four or more people who have experience in film and/or contact improvisation.
- If your film is chosen for screening one of the filmmakers will receive an 80% discount on a festival pass (all screenings, workshops, and jams!) for the festival their film is screening at. Please note in the case of multiple filmmakers we are only able to give out one discounted pass.
- There might be a curated portion of the festival, which is curated by the artistic director of REAson d’etre dance productions. Your film might be chosen for the curated part of the festival or the juried portion of the festival. If your film is chosen for the curated portion of the festival one of the filmmakers will receive an 80% discount on a festival pass (all screenings, workshops, and jams!) for the festival their film is screening at. Please note in the case of multiple filmmakers we are only able to give out one discounted pass.
- The filmmaker retains all rights to their film and gives REAson d’etre dance productions permission to screen the film only in the Contact Dance International Film Festival for the year it was submitted for.
- By submitting your film you give REAson d’etre dance productions permission to upload not more than 20 seconds of your film Online (e.g. YouTube, Face-book REAson d’etre website) as part of a film festival trailer created for promotional purposes. You are also welcome the cancel this permission by indicating your wish to do so when you send in your submission form or when you agree to be curated.
- By submitting you also give permission for REAson d’etre dance productions to take up to three photo stills (screenshots) from your film and use them to promote yourself and the festival on social media and through the press. You are also welcome the cancel this permission by indicating your wish to do so when you send in your submission form or agree to be curated. You are also welcome to send photos to REAson d’etre dance productions yourself. This option gives you, the artist, choice as to which photo are used to promote their film.
- Other than the above agreement, to possibly use no more than 20 seconds of your film in a trailer for promotional purposes, REAson d’etre dance productions will not upload your film on-line or shared on Facebook by REAson d'etre dance productions without your permission.
- There are four prizes available. One prize winner is chosen by the artistic director of REAson d’etre dance productions (Award from the AD) and three prizes chosen by the jury (First, Second and Third prize). There are also audience choice awards for each program.
- To be eligible for a prize, the release date of your film must be no more than five years prior to the festival screening date (i.e. we welcome the submission of archival works but they will not be eligible for prizes). Only films submitted to the juried portion are eligible for jury prizes long as they fall into the above-stated release dates. The award from the AD can be given to a juried film or a curated film. I.E the jury picks first, the second and third prize from the films that have been submitted for the competition and the artistic director of the festival chooses the award from the AD from all the films in the festival (i.e. curated of juried)
- Filmmakers will be notified of the jury and curating results within two months of the submission deadline.