Inspired Dance Film Festival is Australia's premiere international dance on film festival, created to celebrate & showcase dance filmmakers from around the globe. IDFF23 will return to Sydney for its 4th annual festival season. We pride ourselves on our inclusivity award categories to shine a light on the diversity of our industry. This season includes:

*Curated in-person screenings
*Masterclasses and talks
*All Officially Selected films presented online in our Digital Suite
*Discussion panels with industry professionals

The festival culminates in our much anticipated Gala Screening and Awards Ceremony.

Short Film Category Awards (Maximum 20 min)

Best Student Dance Film Award (18 yrs +)

Best Dance Short Film Award

Best Art/Experimental Dance Film Award

Best Australian First Nations Dance Film Award

Best Disabled Dance Film Award

Best Queer Dance Film Award

Best Mobile Device Dance Film Award

Unrestricted Time Categories Awards

Best Live Performance Capture Dance Film Award

Best Documentary Dance Film Award

Best Extended Short or Feature Dance Film Award

Overall Awards

Best of the Fest Dance Film Award

Best Film Production Award

Best Australian Dance Film Award

Best International Dance Film Award

(All award winners receive a trophy and award laurel)


To be eligible for the category awards you must enter your film into the relevant category.

You may enter your film into more than one category (eg: Students may enter the student category and mobile device category). Submission fees apply for each category entered.

1. Films for Inspired Dance Film Festival (IDFF) Official Selection must be no longer than 20 minutes for short film categories, including titles and credits, and no time restrictions for documentary, feature film and live capture categories. There is no minimum time limit.

2. IDFF accepts and encourages all dance genres.

3. You can use any software to edit video and audio.

4. You can use any software for colour correction or special effects.

5. You cannot use copyright material unless you have documentation to prove you have legal authorisation from the musician, artist, writer or record label and must be granted for worldwide release. We may ask for this documentation at any time.

6. You may also be required to provide Dancer Release Forms to be signed by the people appearing in your film.

7. The festival is open to filmmakers 18yrs and above.

8. Submission deadlines are  30th April 2021 (early bird), 2nd August 2021 (regular), and 22nd August 2021 (extended).

9. Entrants must agree to their film being uploaded to the IDFF website, online, and on the IDFF Vimeo/Youtube channel at the festival organiser’s discretion unless stated otherwise and/or discussed with IDFF. Please email us at if you have any concerns about this.

10. All content submitted must be in accordance with the law and any perceived illegal activity will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

11. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. If your film is selected as a finalist it must be submitted in a 16:9 ratio, non-compressed format. We recommend ProRes files in the largest size possible, with a constant frame rate of 24 fps and Stereo 48kHz sound the best quality cinema presentation. You will also need to provide a high res MP4 version of your film for digital presentation.

13. Your film can have screened in other film festivals.

14. Submissions are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway.

15. You can enter as many films as you like.

16. If anyone is found to have broken any of the rules then you may be disqualified from the festival at the discretion of the panel.

17. By entering IDFF, you agree to allow your film to be screened as part of our festival, as well as any subsequent tour programs. No fees will be paid to filmmakers.

18. By entering, you agree to allow IDFF to distribute your film to a third party. Your film’s producer will be consulted on any deals and we will never distribute your film without complete permission and agreeance to do so. If no suitable agreement can be found we will not include your film in the distribution. This in no way impacts your entry into IDFF itself.

Overall Rating
  • Wataru Iwata

    Thank you very much for us to take part in your wonderful festival. Also, we are all very grateful to Miroirs for your selection as a semi-finalist!

    October 2022
  • First of all, thank you to the Inspired Dance team for selecting our film "A Dream of Touch When Touch Is Gone!" Everything to do with Inspired Dance was top drawer. They are building an incredible festival.

    November 2021
  • Peter Bramante

    The team at Inspired Dance Film Festival were fantastic, appreciative and provided great communication. We were thrilled to be a part of it!

    November 2021
  • Agustina Videla

    Amazing festival! I wish I will be able to attend it in person next time!

    November 2020