Dance-film is the marriage of dance and film language—not just recording dancing, but a cinematic reimagining of dance's possibilities. Work that can only exist on the screen. DANCE@30FPS (frames per second) is an international festival of dance-film presented by the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and screening at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts.

We accept short dance-films of live-action and animation . (And of any frame rate.)

The festival has shown work from filmmakers across the world, including Oscar-nominees Mike Figgis and Juanjo Giménez Peña, but the premier criteria is work of unbridled imagination—bold, original, and honest.

In addition to screening at the Wexner Center, the program will also tour to the Cinevox festival in Portland, OR and to Kenyon College.

Before submitting, please remember we are specifically a festival of dance-film, and do not show non-dance related film.

Judges' Award
Audience Award

Submissions must be less than 15 minutes in length.

Must be an original work, created for film/video. (We don't show filmed performances or installations.)

Work must have been produced after January 1, 2020.

Student applicants should apply with a .edu address and email proof of enrollment.

Applicants must have all rights and permissions to present the work.

Exhibition format is DCP. We will convert it, but if accepted we'll need a Prores or H264 file.

The final event date is subject to change. It is also possible that the festival could be online or follow a live/online hybrid model.

Accepted films that have dialogue will need to provide a Closed Captions file such as an SRT file.

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful festival. Great communication promoting the films on social media. It really helps filmmakers get more exposure.

    February 2023
  • Tuixén Benet

    Beautifully curated and fun. Even though it was online I felt like they reached out a lot and it made it nice to show my work there! Well done!

    February 2021
  • What a wonderful festival run by even more wonderful people!

    February 2019