Andanza Contemporary Dance Company of Puerto Rico launched its first Festival Video[An]Danza Internacional 16-19 March 2023 in collaboration with the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR) and the Tourism Company of Puerto Rico (CTPR). We aim to become a yearly event connecting the work of choreographers, dancers and filmmakers in PR and the Caribbean to the work of fellow artists in the Americas and world-wide.

The festival emerges from Andanza’s track record of excellence in developing all aspects of dance in Puerto Rico. The festival extends the mission of the company into the creative possibilities of dance on screen and digital platforms. The Festival Video[An]danza is rooted in Andanza’s commitment to developing the art of dance as a tool for social development and transformation.

We are particularly interested in work that exists solely for the camera/screen, where choreographic concepts are transferred to diverse approaches to movement and where experimentation with choreographic methodology is present in the treatment of narrative, editing, sound composition, video/cinematography.

Given this unique vision, in addition to the open categories for participation, there will be a competitive, award-category based on a FOCUS THEME. Artists are invited to submit new work that expands the critical and creative ways their films interrogate the art form through the lens of the Focus Theme. The work submitted for the FOCUS THEME competition must be a Puerto Rican premiere and the first screening must be in the Festival.

The curatorial team is led by choreographer and festival director Ana Sánchez-Colberg, with an international review panel of experts in the field of videodance and dance film including award winning UK choreographer and film director Javier de Frutos and Pioneer Winter, Artistic Director of Miami Screen Dance.

The submission for participation will be on a monthly rolling-basis via FilmFreeway so that artists receive confirmation soon after submission, with the final notification on the 17th February 2023. The selected videos will have an in-presence screening in San Juan PR. During the festival, we will also offer a series of seminars, meet the artists and workshops.

We want to support artists that challenge what it means to dance, who dances, where dances take place. We are seeking uncompromising work that explores synergies with other forms of motion, work that includes bodies that dance forgets, work that challenges the hidden ageist and disenfranchising biases of ‘universal’ virtuosic technique. We want to encourage work that explores the future of dance, delving into ethics of collaboration, communication, and co-existence in and through dance.

Submissions can be of any genre or style or movement practice including but not limited to modern, contemporary, urban, ballroom , jazz, ballet etc.


Focus Theme: selected by the curatorial team.
- Best Video/Film: cash prize
- Honourable Mention: cash prize

Other Categories:
- Audience Award: all work in the festival compete for the audience's favourite selected by the public audience during the showcase. Cash prize.

General rules and regulations:

Submission to the festival constitutes acceptance of the Entry Rules & Regulations.

Submissions must be made through the festival’s official online submission platform FilmFreeway.

Multiple submissions are allowed and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.

To qualify, the project must have been produced between January 2021 and January 2023. We understand that projects may have already been presented in other festivals, however, videos that have been previously disseminated through social networks and streaming channels (YouTube, IG, vimeo, personal channels and websites) do not qualify. Music videos, trailers or archival recordings of performances, commercials, or home-made videos also do not qualify. This decision is made to support the uniqueness, integrity, and quality of the festival programming.

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials (i.e MUSIC) included within the submitted Project.

Festival Video[An]danza will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized use of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third-party claims for copyright infringement.

Festival Video[An]danza reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials.

In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Project makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Festival Video[An]danza, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

When submitting to Festival Video[An]danza, the Applicant agrees that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the Festival Video[An]danza.

By submitting, the entrant acknowledges that the filmmaker has not submitted/planned for this film to be publicly screened/presented in Puerto Rico region prior to the screening at Festival Video[An]danza.

Press materials are to be submitted at the time of submission, to include high-resolution production stills, trailers, credits and other production details.

Submission of an entry gives Festival Video[An]danza permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

The following exhibition formats are required: mp4 with a minimum quality of Full HD 1920 x 1080.