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:
Isobel Bridge
Julian Gypens
Alessia Langiano
Cailin Manning
Joshi Martina
Hannah Myers
Brian Toh Xun Hao 杜训豪
Camilla Serrano

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

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  • Lumea Productions

    A very well organised festival run by a creative team! Communication was easy and everything was very well organised. It was an absolute pleasure to have our film, "Mi Tierra Entera" screened at Frame Rush.

    July 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Alexandra and Elena,
    Thank you for taking the time to feed back, and your positive comments! It was a joy to have your work in the festival.

  • Martina Faux

    The festival is very well organised. They are very attentive and you can see the enthusiasm for each video dance they select.
    Although I was not able to attend personally, I noticed these details from a distance and in our email exchange, regarding the short film "The invisible inheritance" that was shown at the festival.
    Thank you very much for everything!

    Martina Faux Marambio

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Martina,
    Thank you for being part of Frame Rush! It was a delight to share "The Invisible Inheritance" with our audience. All the best for your current and future work.

  • Frame Rush is a Fun and inventive festival!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tal for the lovely comment!

  • Simona Dabija

    Really responsive creative team, an organised and diverse context for different filmmakers😊. thank you for the screenings and for the experience

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the positive review Simona!
    It was a pleasure to show "OPIA" at Frame Rush 2021.

  • Jana Irmert

    It was great to participate in Frame Rush with our film! The communication was excellent, and the festival team really made a huge effort to spread the word about all the works and participants of the festival. I appreciate their hard work pulling off another online edition and trying to make Frame Rush special through pushing the borders of what screen dance can be!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Jana, thank you so much for the positive review and for sharing your work with us!