DARE TO DANCE IN PUBLIC FILM (D2D) is committed to promoting dance that happens in the public realm – beyond traditional studios, schools, and stages – dance that explores place and space, creating community and engaging the public as it intersects creatively with film. D2D presents films that explore dance as an urgent, potent, universal language… films that transform our ideas of what it is to be human. We accept films that are shot listed and films that are shot from the hip… films that continue to investigate and push the boundaries between the languages of filmmaking and movement.

This year’s judges: KAROLE ARMITAGE: Artistic Director/Choreographer of Armitage Gone! Dance Company, SAVION GLOVER: Tony award-winning dancer/choreographer & recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, NINA McNEELEY: Creative director/choreographer storyteller & visual artist, & BENJAMIN SEROUSSI: Creative filmmaker frequently featured on NOWNESS.

*Minimum $100 per category, exact amount TBA

Best Interface of Dance & Camera
Best Original Choreography
Best Use of Location
Best Editing
Most Daring Film



Rules & Terms:

In the face of the new Coronavirus variants, and because we are still not out of the woods – D2D: Round 6 invites dance film makers to continue to dance and film safely in accordance with the guidelines of wherever you are in the world. While D2D is founded on the concept of taking dance into the public realm, at this moment the safety and well-being of our dance filmmaking community is our main priority.

We invite you to submit your dance films that are created in public and alternative spaces & places including your homes, or wherever you can FILM SAFELY. We welcome dance films that continue to explore the theme PANDEMANIA! and/or any other any other prescient & moving subjects, ideas, stories, places, spaces that you desire as long as you can do so safely for all concerned. Pandemania is a made up word which we define as follows:

PANDEMANIA: ( PAN – DUH – MAY – NEE – UH ) a state of abnormally elevated arousal, affect, and energy level due to isolation, frustration, anger, and various strong emotions brought about as a direct result of the Coronavirus, as well as issues/world events e.g. systemic racism, immigration, the environment, LGBTQX & women’s rights, and other pandemics in our collective history. Pandemania frequently ensues in a heightened need for self-expression through movement.

DARE TO DANCE IN PUBLIC FILM FESTIVAL is singular in the world of dance film festivals as it is a platform presenting a range of films from first time filmmakers to seasoned professionals. Every year for our judging panel we recruit renowned creatives from the worlds of dance, film, theater and beyond.

- Length: Each submission must be a minimum of 2 minutes and not exceed 10 minutes in length.

- Both POLISHED: i.e. films in which filmmakers intentionally create and/or pre-conceptualize the choreography & filmic approach in response to a public site or space and its usage, architecture, scale, etc. or RAW, i.e. films in which filmmakers capture a dancer(s) or an event that appears to be happening in a spontaneous and/or unplanned fashion (e.g. found dance), are accepted.


Submitting filmmakers must provide a brief synopsis of their film, including where it was created/filmed.

Winning films must be shareable on Vimeo &/or Youtube.

We ask each Filmmaker to follow us on Instagram (if applicable):
@dare2danceinpublic @arrogantelbow @zoe.rappaport

*Multiple entries by a single filmmaker are welcome, each entry requires a separate fee.

All submissions must be made through FilmFreeway.
Submissions will be judged based to a greater or lesser degree (depending on the submission category) on the quality of the overall film, its editing, choreography, concept, originality, use of space, and interface of the dance with camera.

Overall Rating
  • Mike Godlewski

    Thank you to the entire Dare to Dance team, it was an honor for House of Glass to be awarded at the festival this year. The day was full of screenings of high quality dance films from all around the world. I was delighted to meet so many talented creators at the event. Overall a wonderful, inspiring experience and I can't wait for next year!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the review Mike! The honor was all ours. Thank you both for your beautiful film that was the close to the entire fest!

  • Louise Bédard

    We have been very honoured that our film Measureless (Démesures) has been part of your Festival. Thanks for all the nice work that you did for this Dare 2 Dance round 5. I could not attend the Festival but when I saw your beautiful teaser it really pleased me to see how you were welcoming all kind of dance artists and dance film makers. Bravo!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Louise! We were honored to include your beautiful film in the fest and we hope to see more from you next year!


    Professional, inclusive. Looking forward in the future!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Yuxi, for both your lovely review and for your beautiful films! We so look forward to seeing more from you.

  • Siye Tao

    'Democratizing dance around the world'. This festival care about the dance community and artists. I deeply appreciate your existence. Thank you.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Siye! Your beautiful films helped shape this year's festival and we so look forward to seeing more from you.

  • Caterina Campo

    Such an inspiring festival made out of quality, professionalism, humanity felt even from the distance. I am honoured I could participate by showing my short dance film. I wish to the festival the best for the future. Thank you very much.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Catarina! We love the humanity & dance in your film and being able to share it with the world was a privilege.