Frame Rush, the annual screendance event, returns to The Place, London, on Friday 20 May 2022 with an evening of live screenings.
Focusing on movement and sound, this edition explores the definition of the continuously emerging genre of screendance as an immersive sensory experience. Our aim is to bring together new audiences to watch and discuss works from around the world. Particularly in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, screendance is becoming more and more relevant.

We invite you to submit short films that focus on the relationship between movement and sound and how this communicates an intention with the audience. We strive to make our event as inclusive as possible, and actively welcome films created by and representing all backgrounds, specifically marginalised communities.

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 2022 Frame Rush Team is:
Sut Ieng Lei
Caitlin MacKinnon
Anastasia Maselli
Siyuan Meng
Madeleine Plunkett
Azize Sousami
Alexa Stevens

---- 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 event 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 intentionally very low. 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.

Banner image credits (left to right):
Sut Ieng Lei
Madeleine Plunkett
Alexa Stevens
Caitlin McKinnon

If you have submitted previously, remember that the festival team changes every year!

● 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 1 and 12 minutes maximum

● Films submitted must have been completed after January 2020.

● 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

● 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

Overall Rating
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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!