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
  • Tal Kronkop

    Frame Rush is a Fun and inventive festival!

    September 2021
  • 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
    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
    Response from festival:

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

  • Tuixén Benet

    It was very nice to be a part of Frame Rush this year, even if it was online!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Tuixén, thank you, it was a delight to show "Lazarus" and ponder the poetics... All the best for the future!

  • Corina Andrian

    Communication was fantastic and I felt very involved and cared for every step of the way!
    I loved the experience of communicating with other artists from the festival from around the world as that is something not all festivals facilitate!
    I thought the festival was unique through its film selection and programming and excellent organisation!
    Wishing you all the best!!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Corina, thank you for being part of the festival and joining us for the online Q&A, it was great to hear more about your work. Thank you for the lovely review, too!