Frame Rush, London’s annual screendance festival, returns to The Place for its 5th edition this spring.
The festival is organised by the postgraduate students of screendance, currently the only Master’s program of its kind in the world. As a cohort, we are interested in exploring the boundaries of movement-focused filmmaking.
Frame Rush welcomes dance films from every part of the globe, in any genre, from documentary, comedy, animation, narrative or experimental. We strive to make the event as inclusive as possible, and actively welcome films from all backgrounds and communities.
Frame Rush also invites non-screendance filmmakers to re-examine their work and discover if dance is already present in their films. We aim to challenge the conceptions of screendance to further expand the field.
If your financial circumstances prevent you from entering a film that matches the festival call, please contact us explaining your circumstances and we can offer a waiver.
The 2023 Frame Rush Team is:
Brian Toh Xun Hao 杜训豪
The festival is run by the postgraduate students of the world’s only MA in Screendance. If you would like to apply for the MA Screendance, including a chance to run this festival for a year, visit https://theplace.org.uk/lcds-courses/mascreendance.
Banner image credits (left to right):
Complexity of Skin (dir. Matthew Gough)
Bleeding and burning (dir. Guilaume Marin)
Navigation (dir. Marlene Millar)
Stopgap in Stop Motion (dir. Stephen Featherstone)
Bhairava (dir. Marlene Millar)
If you have submitted previously, remember that the festival team changes every year!
• Live recordings of performances not permitted
• Student Films accepted
• Films must be between 1-16 minutes in length
• Two-thirds of our submissions in the past have come from the UK and the US. We highly encourage submissions from outside these regions as our aim is to create an international festival.
• If you need a waiver for the submission fee please contact us by email
• You may resubmit films that have not been screened at Frame Rush previously. The artistic leadership of the festival changes every year, and with it the selection panel and criteria.
• The artist, if selected, agrees to provide festival organisers with marketing materials, information and video files in the requested formats by given deadlines; the artist understands they are liable for any costs incurred and that failure to provide the necessary materials may result in their withdrawal from the programme.
• If your film has dialogue, subtitles in English should be available in time for the preparation of the screening file
• We encourage you to think about the accessibility of your film in regards to viewers with visual or auditory impairments, and what materials you could provide- ie. closed captioning.
• Submission of an entry gives Frame Rush and its presenters permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.
• You acknowledge that by submitting your film to the festival, that if selected, Frame Rush may include the film in the London Contemporary Dance School archive
• The artist takes full responsibility for the work and in submitting it asserts that it contains no copyright infringements, and indemnifies Frame Rush, The Place, LCDS and its representatives against any request or legal action from third parties related to or arising from the use of the film.
**Practical requirements as part of the submission form:**
• Filmmaker contact information: name, email address, postal address, phone number, website and social media accounts (if any) Subtitles in English should be available in time for the preparation of the screening file
• Synopsis of the film (up to 200 characters)
• Biographies of the artist / artists (up to 400 characters each)
• Any previous projections / awards of the presented work
• High resolution film stills / images (preferably a mixture of landscape and portrait format)
• Film file for screening should be delivered in QuickTime, full HD 16x9 H.264 and full HD 16x9 Apple ProRes 4:2:2 HQ