Kinesthesia is a new moving image at Middlesex University in collaboration with Independent Dance.
We invite audiences to experience film and moving images work from an embodied perspective. Tune into the sensory richness of film and movement on screen beyond its visual impact.

Monday 12 - Friday 16 July 2021: practical research space for filmmakers/artists
Friday 16 - Sunday 18 July 2021: public festival
To find out more about the research space, visit:

About Kinesthesia
At the intersection of dance, somatic practices, experimental film and sensory ethnography, Kinesthesia will bring together artists, scholars, researchers, filmmakers and dancers, inviting submissions of work, from any discipline and format.

Kinesthesia focuses on the body as the agent of seeing rather than as an object of display while challenging the domination of the visual over other senses in our culture. For this purpose, it offers a creative exploration of the relationship between sensory moving bodies, and a screening space or platform - fusing two distinct sites in which the codes and conventions of each medium are inextricably linked.

We invite submissions from artists, filmmakers, researchers and somatic practitioners working with movement and digital/screen media who break away from a conventional understanding of dance and from a visually focused aesthetics of the moving image. Thinking about movement beyond choreography, visual impact and narrative, we wish to consider the whole range of sensory experiences, including visceral, proprioceptive, haptic and kinesthetic awareness, when making and watching a film. Through this approach, we hope to diversify and include a broader notion of movement and sensory experience in filmmaking, screendance and the visual arts.

We specifically invite submissions which address experiences, approaches and histories which are traditionally underrepresented in dance, somatics and moving image; as well as submissions from filmmakers and visual artists that explore the kinesthetic and embodied aspect of filmmaking.
All film, installation, VR or AR work has to be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Alongside film submissions we invite proposals for movement workshops and installations that invite an active way of seeing screenwork. Combining screenings with movement sessions, such as exploring in movement some of the themes of a film or positioning the moving spectators among rather than at a distance from the experience, we encourage different bodily ways of watching films.
Workshop proposals can be submitted by emailing the team at

This project is part-funded by Mdx Research in Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) and takes place in a context of academic research. We are unfortunately not able to pay fees for work selected for participation in the festival.

Cover image: performance by Dominique Rivoal and Claire Loussouarn

• There is no maximum running time for films.
Please note that within a two-day festival, there we won’t be able to accommodate many long films.
• Proposed workshops should be a maximum of 90 minutes.
• If you are proposing a VR project please note that the University cannot provide equipment, and you must provide the necessary equipment to exhibit the work.
• All films and workshop proposals must be submitted to the festival by the deadline. All submissions are final, and no refunds are available.
• There must not be a screening fee attached to the film. Kinesthesia will not pay a screening fee to any film featured in the festival; there are no exceptions.
• Films cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
• Non-English films must be subtitled in English.
• Filmmakers can submit multiple films. Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.
• By submitting you confirm that you hold all the necessary legal authority and rights to submit, distribute and present the work. The filmmaker must own or have cleared copyright of all aspects of the submitted film. This includes all music and images used. The festival accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for clearing copyrighted material.

Why do we charge a fee?
Kinesthesia charges a small fee because in our experience working with open submissions, a free festival will attract many hundreds of submissions which do not relate to the theme of the call. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to sift through that volume of material.
We regret that this disadvantages genuine submitters, and we communicate to indiscriminate submitters that their actions have an unintended consequence for others.

Overall Rating
  • Margarita Zafrilla Olayo

    Thank you so very much to every single of you who made Kinesthesia Festival possible, It was really great to be presenting our life work with you, very generous team and along with a very well thought and rich program, offering a very colourful perspectives to art & cinema. I hope there is a next edition!

    August 2021
  • Mary Wycherley

    Wonderful festival and programming. Really appreciated the care taken with presenting the work. Communication about all the events was excellent. Well done to all the team! Looking forward to more!

    August 2021
  • Thrilled to be part of Kinesthesia 2021 with our project Land/Scape. The variety and quality fo the projects screened was amazing and very inspirational. Excellent festival with haptic cinema and corporeal artworks that literally engage our whole mindful bodies with the senses.

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the kind review - it was a delight to show Land/Scape, a fantastic experience to have in the programme.
    All the best for your work and projects!

  • Mira Hirtz

    Very inspiring and touching program including screenings and workshops and a truly unique approach to looking at films with a sensorial approach. I hope they will continue!

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mira - and thank you for the workshop opening the festival, what a great entry into the experience.

  • Corina Andrian

    Beautiful and diverse festival, great communication and loveliest people! Thank you so much for having me and really looking forward to future events!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hello Corina,
    Thank you for the praise! It was an honour to show your film.
    All the best for your future projects.