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 and celebrates the inherent collaborative nature of the union between film and dance.
Tickets are now on sale: https://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/collections/frame-rush-2020

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.
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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:
Victory of the Rising Sun, dir: Daniella Meroz
Rakkaus, dir: Kati Kallio
Alta, dir: Antti Ahokoivu

● 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
  • 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!

  • 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!