Frame Rush 2021: Unmasking Movement
Frame Rush, the annual screendance festival takes place in July 2021 through an immersive online platform to engage with a global audience.
With a mix of film screenings and discussions, Frame Rush will bring attention to films that explore untold truths and perspectives that connect our diverse cultures.

We invite you to submit short films that challenge and blur the boundaries of what we perceive now as dance on screen. We aim to share stories told in imaginative ways through film and movement. Making movement the medium, not the subject.

The Frame Rush team is open to the possibility of adding a live element of the festival if UK government guidelines allow at the time of the festival.

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

The 2021 festival team is:
Andrea Olivares
Annelise Bucher
Emily Adams
Kirill Burlov
Laura Margo Roe
Melissa Suan
Rebecca Olarescu
Sophia Wolfe
Yuaner Xu

Image credits:
Searching for Cowardice, dir: Margo Roe
Hit, dir: Yuaner Xu
Stair, dir: Rebecca Olarescu

● Films must be concerned with the body, dance, or any other forms of movement and can be live action, documentary, animation, or a mix
● Recordings of live performances are not eligible
● Films should be between 3 - 15 minutes in length
● Films submitted must have been completed after January 2018
● One submission per artist will be considered
● 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.
● Subtitles in English should be available in time for the preparation of the screening file (unless this is an artistic choice in your film)
● 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.
● 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)
● Synopsis of the film (up to 400 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

---- About submission fees ----
We know that submission fees are a complex, and sometimes contentious, part of film distribution in screendance. If the submission fee is a barrier to your participation, please contact us on for a fee waiver.

When we did not charge a submission fee we received over 2,000 entries, and 1,317 of these had nothing to do at all with the festival or with screendance. They had to be sifted by a staff member who wasn’t paid for that time. We fully recognise that artists are so often underpaid or even unpaid for the work they do, and particularly are underfunded for the effort that goes into distribution; but having one more person perform unpaid labour doesn’t improve that situation either. We have therefore decided to charge a small fee to discourage those who submit indiscriminately to any free-to-submit festival.

We have kept this fee as low as possible. If your financial circumstances prevent you from entering a film that matches the festival call, please contact us explaining that and we will offer a waiver.

Overall Rating
  • Máire Dee

    Small, intimate but with a huge impact and a mind blowing variety of screendance. So professional. They looked after us so well. Thank you for your support. We would highly recommend this festival!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Máire,
    Thank you so much for the kind words!
    It was a pleasure to share your work with our audience.

  • Deny Tri Ardianto

    I was not able to attend the festival however everything looked great. Thank you Frame Rush for selecting my film and presenting it in London. I enjoyed being part of it and the very pleasant and kind communication.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Deny, thank you for the positive review!
    It was a pleasure to show your film and share it with our audience. Good luck with this and all your future projects!

  • Alica Minarova

    Frame fush is an amazing festival! Although I was not able to attend the festival from Berlin, the communication went well and they had sold out audiences. Go go MA screendance :)!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Alice for this endorsement and for sharing your mesmerising film with us and our audiences!

  • The Frame Rush team put together a great screening of well curated films and created an intimate atmosphere for their informed and engaged audience. It's one of the best experiences I've had of viewing my film at a festival.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Simon for this encouraging statement!
    It was a pleasure to have you at the festival and hear more about your process behind the film. It was a pleasure to share it with our audience!

  • Richard James Allen

    It was a delight to be part of Frame Rush with our film, DIGITAL AFTERLIVES. While London was a bit far for us to travel from Sydney, we were thrilled to hear that they had sold out audiences and I am sure that the richly varied work selected engendered some fascinating conversations in the foyer afterwards. Congratulations.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Richard and Karen, we were delighted to show Digital Afterlives. Thank you for being part of the festival (even though from far away) and for your wonderful comments!