Joedance Film Festival 2021 film submissions are officially closed.
Thank you for submitting you films.

Joedance Film Festival is held annually, the first weekend of August, at the Charlotte Ballet’s Center for Dance in Uptown’s Historic Fourth Ward. This year Joedance will host virtual events during the festival weekend August 5 - 7, 2021.

The event honors the late Joe Restaino who passed away at the age of 20 from osteosarcoma. Joedance Film Festival is committed to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and clinical trials at Charlotte’s Atrium Health Levine Children’s, by screening original films connected to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Joedance Film Festival is recognized as one of the Queen City's hidden gems, where filmmakers, community leaders, and arts supporters gather to view and discuss films in an inviting environment, all proceeds are donated to Atrium Health Levine Children's. Held annually in Uptown Charlotte, a beautiful and vibrant city offering cultural experiences as well as outdoor activities.

Joedance Film Festival is committed to supporting directors, producers, writers and actors with North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee connections. All selected filmmakers will be invited to exclusive receptions, the Cultural Arts Evening, the Filmmakers' Dinner, and the Red Carpet Event, as well as receive support and recognition for their filmmaking progress following the 3-day Festival. Joedance accepts short films 1 - 30 minutes in length.

Joedance Film Festival is scheduled for August 5 - 7, 2021. All selected filmmakers participate in a lively Q&A immediately following their film screenings and receive 2 VIP passes to the Festival and surrounding events. Selected filmmakers will enjoy the cozy atmosphere, attentive audiences, and drinks and food provided by local vendors.
In the event of not being able to gather all three days Joedance will switch to a virtual festival.

ALL FILMS MUST HAVE A CONNECTION TO NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA OR TENNESSEE TO BE CONSIDERED. PLEASE READ THE ELIGIBILITY RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CHIP WHITE AT (No refund will be issued to a submission failing the eligibility rules.) The 2021 Joedance Film Festival will be a hybrid of a virtual and in person gatherings. All selected films will have a 24 hour viewing period that is not Geo-Blocked.

A Judges Favorite Award will be given to one filmmaker at the student screenings and one filmmaker at the evening screening. This award will be determined by the Joedance judges during the selection process.

Selected filmmakers will receive two VIP passes to three nights of screenings, which also includes an invitation to the Cultural Arts Evening on Thursday, Filmmakers' Dinner on Friday, and Red Carpet Event on Saturday, prior to the screenings. All filmmakers will be featured on Joedance Film Festival's website and social media pages up to and following the Festival, and will receive exclusive access to network with community leaders, supporters of the arts, and fellow filmmakers.

Joedance Film Festival is a cultural arts event which promotes community-building through cinema and performing arts. All proceeds support pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children's. To date, over $255,000 has been donated. As an organization, Joedance has created the Levine Children’s summer internship program, helped fund a clinical trial for recurrent osteosarcoma and will fund a Research Technician in the Pediatric Cancer Research Lab at Levine Children’s. Thank you to the Joedance Film Festival artists and supporters who have made this possible.

Rules & Terms
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ELIGIBILITY RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING: ALL FILMS MUST HAVE A CONNECTION TO NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA OR TENNESSEE TO BE CONSIDERED. (No refund will be issued to a submission failing the eligibility rules.) 2021 Joedance Film festival will be a hybrid of virtual and in person events. All selected films will have a 24 hour viewing period. This is not a Geo-Blocked virtual film festival.


ELIGIBILITY: All filmmakers selected to present at Joedance Film Festival must have a North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee United States connection (a resident, a previous resident, or films which take place in, or are filmed in, the Carolinas, Georgia or Tennessee and/or feature lead actors with Carolinas, Georgia or Tennessee roots). Submissions not meeting any of these requirements will not be accepted. If you submit, and it is determined your film does not meet the requirements, you will not be refunded. If you are unsure of your film’s eligibility, please reach out to Festival Director Chip White at

FILM SUBMISSION: All filmmakers are required to provide an online link to their film via FilmFreeway. Do not send master tapes or other originals. Submissions will not be returned to the applicant.

FILM LENGTH: All films eligible for submission must be short films between 1 to 30 minutes in length. Feature films are not accepted.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: Maximum 2 films allowed. Separate forms are required for each submission.

LANGUAGE: Films must be in English or contain English subtitles.

FILM AND FILMMAKER INFORMATION: Submitted films must include the following information in the online description: Title, Running Time, Category, Contact Information (Name, Postal Address, Email Address, and Phone Number). All information is required for consideration.

SELECTED FILMS: Selected films are chosen for their artistry, strength of content, originality, and overall quality interpretation of category and genre. Selected filmmakers will be required to submit a recorded Q & A video as part of the festival.

SELECTION NOTIFICATION: During the process, filmmakers will be notified of their film's status. After the submission period ends, acceptance and rejection notifications will be sent electronically to the email address provided. Filmmakers will be notified by June 13, 2021.

SCREENING FORMAT: All selected filmmakers will be asked to submit a link or digital download of their final films for screening.

SCREENING DISPLAY MEDIA: All selected filmmakers should submit single-sheet art, posters, trailers and headshots for social media promotion leading up to and following the Festival.

EVENT ATTENDANCE: All selected filmmakers should attend the festival weekend (August 5-7, 2021) and participate in the Question And Answer Session immediately following their film's screening. Filmmakers each receive 2 VIP passes for the festival, including access to all screenings; the Thursday, August 5th, Cultural Arts Evening Showcasing ArtsPlus; and the Friday, August 6th, Filmmakers' Dinner & Saturday, August 7th, Red Carpet Event. Two passes will be awarded to each of the filmmakers team for both virtual and in person events.

Student film screenings are Saturday afternoon, August 7th, 2021. Selected filmmakers will receive 2 tickets to the afternoon Student Film Screenings on August 7th, 2021.

JUDGING: The judges for the festival have been carefully selected and consist of working industry professionals, each with a broad and unique knowledge of cinema. Jurors are not directly affiliated with the organization and are separate from all filmmakers and films submitted for consideration.

For additional information, email Chip White at

Joedance Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival, for promotional purposes, leading up to and following the event. In addition to promotional materials leading up to the event, Joedance Film Festival is also granted the right to a one-time screening of submitted film(s) at the event.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Joedance Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening and loss of or damage to the videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • We had a great time at the Joedance Film Festival. Thanks for including us this year, and thank you for the great films too. It's a great festival, and communication could not have been better. We will be back for more in the future!!!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Kent, it was a great weekend even though we could not be together. Thanks so much for your support.

  • Kevin Patterson

    This was the best run virtual film festival that I have been a part of in 2020. Thank you JoeDance! Great work!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Kevin and we are so happy to hear Joedance was a good experience.

  • Jennifer Trudrung

    An incredibly supportive film festival that celebrates filmmakers and life. Such an amazing festival to be part of. Thank you Joedance for including Here There Be Tygers.

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jennifer. We are so grateful we could still have a virtual film festival. Thanks for submitting this year.

  • We were so proud to have our film be a part of this fantastic festival. Not only do the proceeds from this festival go to a great cause, the organizers and staff really have respect for the films and the filmmakers.... I highly recommend submitting to this fest if you are a filmmaker and attending this fest if you are a film fan....Top notch all the way !

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Brad for the great review. Joedance appreciates the support of the filmmakers.

  • kim brattain

    We were honored to be part of this very well run festival. It's also great that it is for a good cause.. set in uptown Charlotte. Very nice all round.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Kim, thank you for your kind words. We loved hosting all the filmmakers this past weekend. It was a weekend of great films.