The 46th annual Dance on Camera Festival (July 20 – 24, 2018), co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, announces its call for submissions for dance films of all genres and lengths beginning in Fall 2017.

Dance on Camera Festival remains the longest-running dance film festival in the world, providing a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression, and intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works. Each year in New York City, the Festival presents feature-length documentary and narrative films, inventive short films, filmmaker panels and special events, cutting edge media and art installations, as well as engaging community and student programs. Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have co-presented the Festival since 1996, hosting screenings and special events at the Walter Reade Theater, with the addition of the Film Society’s landmark state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in 2012.

Dance on Camera Festival serves the interests and needs of filmmakers, choreographers, and dancers by:

• Connecting artists with knowledgeable audiences through workshops, panel discussions, Q&As, and special programming throughout the five-day Festival

• Inviting press to the Festival, increasing media opportunities for filmmakers

• Hosting receptions and after parties where artists can connect with industry leaders

• Offering Festival filmmakers free admission to all screenings to enjoy the full range of films and programming at Dance on Camera Festival

• Providing additional opportunities to screen filmmakers’ work through the Dance on Camera Tour, a program that has brought Festival films to venues across the United States as well as Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, England, France, Hungary, Iceland, India, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey

Dance on Camera Festival welcomes submissions from professional, amateur, and independent filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines within the dance film genre, including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental. Dance films that uniquely interpret the relationship between dance and film are especially encouraged to apply.

Submissions Deadlines and Important Dates:

Fall 2017: Submissions Open
Spring 2018: Regular and Late Deadlines

Members of Dance Films Association receive discounted entry fees. Learn more about Dance Films Association membership benefits and sign up here:

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to or by calling 347-505-8649.


Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA), a New York-based nonprofit since 1956, is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA is a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. DFA is broadening its audience via new media initiatives and membership drives, to support cutting edge approaches to dance documentation, and to expand partnerships with schools, arts organizations, and other media platforms and institutions. Alongside the Dance on Camera Festival, DFA offers year round programming such as Dance Film Lab, Dance Films Presents, and Capturing Motion NYC, and provides fiscal sponsorship and offers production grants for its members.

Dance Films Association receives generous year-round support from our members, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The Office of the Mayor Bill De Blasio, and Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Emerging Movement Council, AbelCine, Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Dance and New Media Foundation, Brown-Forman, Funders For LGBTQ Issues, Gibney Dance Center, and Materials for the Arts. For more information, visit and follow @dancefilms on Twitter.


Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Art of the Real, Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, and Scary Movies. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2016 recipient was Morgan Freeman. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from The New York Times, Shutterstock, Variety, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

Filmmaker must be authorized to submit this film to Dance on Camera Festival for consideration and must have read, understand, and agree to all entry requirements. Entrant must be the sole person responsible to make the decision to enter this media material and guarantee that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

All rights and permissions for any materials contained within the said entry have been granted and filmmaker holds harmless Dance on Camera Festival from any or all disputes or claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to DANCE FILMS ASSOCIATION. Entries must be POSTMARKED by the deadline.

When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival (July 20 - 24, 2018). Dance on Camera Festival will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to Dance on Camera Festival.

Dance on Camera Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. There is no limit to the number of entries. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please clearly note works-in-progress in your submission materials.

Dance on Camera Festival cannot waive submission fees.

By submitting, the entrant acknowledges that the filmmaker has NOT submitted/planned for this film to be publicly screened/presented in the New York City region three months prior to Dance on Camera Festival, July 2018 (between April 2018 - July 2018). Please contact with any questions regarding the Festival presentation window.

If selected, Dance on Camera Festival will require certain press materials to include high-resolution production stills, trailers, key art, director bio, and other production and crew notes.

Submission of an entry gives Dance on Camera Festival and its presenters permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

The following exhibition formats are eligible for Festival screening: DCP, HDCAM, BETACAM, 35MM, and in some cases digital formats, for feature length films. Dance on Camera Festival requires a BluRay back-up for feature length films. The Festival will accept ProRes 422 digital files for short films. Dance on Camera Festival can arrange for discounted duplication and re-formatting at a post-house for accepted films.

If accepted, this film may be considered for Dance Films Association's Dance on Camera Tour. If the film is considered for a Tour, the filmmaker will be contacted by the Festival and/or its presenters. Films selected for Dance on Camera Touring Program are not guaranteed screenings.

Overall Rating
  • Marie-Hélène REBOIS

    Coming with a French film in this great festival it's an honor, it's also the joy of sharing our love of dance and our love of cinema on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
    Marie-Hélène Rebois
    Marie-Hélène Rebois

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Marie-Hélène, it was a joy having you and your amazing film at the festival.
    Anna Mosby Coleman
    Producer, Dance on Camera 46

  • Very professional, and beautifully organized
    It is an honor to be a part of this festival and the wonderful artists
    that partake in it.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Eva Ingolf,
    Thank you for your review. We were so glad to have Alien Threads in the festival.
    Anna Mosby Coleman
    Producer, Dance on Camera 46

  • Kathy Rose

    A wonderful festival - really good films in all categories. The location is elegant, the organizers are very responsive and enthusiastic about this field of screendance. This festival was the first in this field, and leads the way.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Kathy Rose, thank you for your beautiful work in screen dance animation. We were so glad to have it the Shorts Program.
    Anna Mosby Coleman
    Producer, Dance on Camera 46

  • Lise Friedman

    If the Dancer Dances extends profound thanks to all at Dance on Camera for a most wonderful festival experience!

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Lise, it was great having you and If the Dancer Dances at the festival. Thank you!
    Anna Mosby Coleman
    Producer, Dance on Camera 46

  • Evann Siebens

    Such a great festival with a long and storied history - was honored to be a part of it...

    April 2017