A snapshot of today, looking to tomorrow: Frame Rush, the annual two-day screendance festival, takes place in March 2020 at The Place, London. It explores the definition of screendance whilst celebrating the inherent collaborative nature of the union between film and dance.

By bringing together makers from a multitude of disciplines and backgrounds, Frame Rush will question what it means to be creating movement on screen today. It invites new audiences to add their voices and challenge what place this hybrid form will hold in the future.

Join in the conversation and question “what about tomorrow?”

The festival is run by the postgraduate students of 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://www.lcds.ac.uk/ma-screendance.

The 2020 festival team is:
Luca Devlyn Sierra
Molly Ann Pendlebury
Ruby Gadsby
Ruby Gray
Sami Hokkanen
Tal Kronkop

Image credits: Folds by Francisco Miguez and Predro Nishi, Traverse by Marlene Millar, Otherland by Jan Pieter Tuinstra and Keren Levi

● FIlms must be concerned with dance, movement or choreography, and can be live action, documentary, animation, or a mix
● Recordings of live performances are not eligible
● Films submitted must have been completed after January 2017
● 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 if this is applicable
● 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.
● Entrant and filmmaker acknowledge that by submitting their film to the festival, that if chosen for the festival, 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)

About submission fees
We know that submission fees are a complex, and sometimes contentious, part of film distribution in screendance.
Last year, we did not charge a submission fee and 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 to any festival with a free submission.
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
  • Terrific Festival! Although I was not able to attend, the communication was great and they shared audience feedback. Sold-out as well!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Abe, thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your work with us and our audiences!

  • Hadi Moussally

    Amazing Festival and Communication! Thank you!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Hadi for this fantastic vote of confidence in us!
    We are delighted you enjoyed being part of Frame Rush and were excited to share your film with our audiences.

  • Anne Beresford

    Fantastic audiences for every show - and great selection of films

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Anne,
    Thank you for the positive review of this first year of the festival!
    As an industry veteran your feedback means a lot to us.
    The Frame Rush team