DANCE ONSCREEN is a four-day dance film festival hosted in Sudbury, Ontario, produced by Branch Collective in partnership with the Sudbury Indie Cinema taking place on November 17th-20th, 2022. DANCE ONSCREEN is a film festival that celebrates and supports dance films created and produced in the Canadian context and invites artists from across the country to apply to one of the following three programs: Youth, Ontario Showcase, or Canadian Open. DANCE ONSCREEN will follow Branch Collective’s mission and mandate to program work that is based in the body, movement, and performance. This definition aims to include artists who practice a specific form, as well as artists who are creating work that may not align with the conventional ideas of what dance is. Furthermore, there are no specific requirements needed to prove you are a dancer, dance artist, choreographer, movement maker, filmmaker, or artist. Creators of all ages and experiences are invited to apply. Branch Collective strongly encourages and prioritizes applications from traditionally marginalized communities; Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, folks with disabilities, and diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions (LGBTQ2S+).

Youth: artists who live across Canada and who are 25 years of age or younger.
Ontario Showcase: artists who reside in Ontario.
Canadian Open: artists who live in Canada, outside of Ontario.

We encourage applicants to push the boundaries of our definitions and rebel against what we can consider dance to be. If you have any outstanding questions about eligibility, please contact us. If you have accessibility needs please reach out to Mikaela at


All selected artists will be awarded a screening honorarium as well as free admission to all festival screenings and events.

All those applying to DANCE ONSCREEN must agree to the following:

1. All submissions are considered short films and must not exceed the maximum of 20 minutes in length.

2. All submissions should be completed work.

3. Applicants must possess all necessary rights and permissions for all video and audio tracks submitted to DANCE ONSCREEN.

4. Any applicant who is younger than 18 years old at the time of the submission deadline must include a letter from a legal guardian as a part of their application to be considered for DANCE ONSCREEN. This letter must include the guardian’s contact information. Due to legal requirements, we cannot accept applications from people younger than 18 years old without consent from their legal guardians.

5. Any submitted films that include text in any form (spoken, in lyrics, in the background, etc) will be required to submit a version with subtitles intended to ensure access to the content of the text. Applicants maintain the right to determine whether to provide subtitles for alternative languages.

6. Successful applicants will be required to submit a high-quality, screen-ready, digital version of their film to Branch Collective by Friday, October 21, 2022, if not included in the original application. The film must be at least 1080 pixels high, and in MPEG, MOV, AVI, or MP4 format. Failure to submit a film with the appropriate technical quality requirements may result in elimination from the festival.

7. Successful applicants must submit additional information and promotional material by Friday, October 21, 2022. Failure to provide the required information may result in elimination from the festival.

8. Successful applicants give Branch Collective the right to reproduce the applicant’s video in whole or in part and to showcase the film for the purposes of the festival and/or its promotion.

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  • Elvina Raharja

    amazing festival! thank you for the Dance OnScreen team

    November 2022