Kinetoscope: International Screendance Film Festival is Montana’s premiere dance film festival. Created in 2013, the festival consistently presents the best of screendance from around the world. Kinetoscope started as a screening partner with Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (Boulder, CO). During the past festivals, we have screened over 85 international dance film for Montana’s vastly underserved dance audiences. The festival is presented and curated by Montana’s only full-season professional dance company, Bare Bait Dance, and each year we partner with the Roxy Theater, Missoula's art-house cinema, to present a rich variety of dance films.

Our primary intent is to screen films that exemplify the most exciting and innovative video and dance collaborations from around the world. We celebrate the diversity in the screendance field and are open to films with a variety of styles, themes, and approaches.

“BEST OF KINETOSCOPE” - Audience Award
“STAFF PICK” - Kinetoscope Staff Favorite

Kinetoscope: International Screendance Film Festival [Kinetoscope] is open to all dance films on all styles and subjects. Our focus is on short (less than 30 mins) dance films. Dance documentaries are not our focus but may be included on a smaller scale. All films selected for screening will be notified of their status by November 22nd, 2019. If accepted for screening, your film will screen in Missoula, Montana in January 11 & 12, 2020 at the Roxy Theater as part of Kinetoscope.

Kinetoscope requires an online screener to be uploaded to the FilmFreeway video player. If you absolutely cannot upload your film please email for instructions on mailing a physical screener or sending it via another online site.

If your film is accepted for exhibition, Kinetoscope will ask for a still frame from your film for the festival screening playbill and/or promotional materials; if you would like to select stills yourself, please one to three images to: They should have the same pixel dimensions and aspect ratio as your film's frame and clearly convey movement or dancing in the image.

If your film is accepted for exhibition, Kinetoscope is also granted the right to utilize an excerpt of your film for promotional purposes.

Selected films may also be part of a small, art-house cinema Kinetoscope Tour into rural Montana (no more than five locations) during the calendar year of 2020. We will notify you if your film is touring.

The applicant shall indemnify and hold harmless Kinetoscope 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 screening videos entered. 

Film entries must also match the following criteria:
- Entries must have a release date, copyright date or air date after 2009.
- For public screenings during the festival, a H264 or .mov file will be requested.
- Filmmakers must submit 1 viewing copy per entry.

Please preview your entries before submitting. Films with time code or other defects may be disqualified. No refunds.

Kinetoscope does not pay screening fees

Submission fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Liudmila Komrakova

    I was unable to attend but communication was excelent. I was honored that my film was selected and well percieved by audience and jury.
    Happy to be part of the festival

    July 2019
  • I was unable to attend, but was very impressed with the festival from afar. All selected films received FOUR screenings over two days, and the filmmakers received a lot of local press and warm attention on social media platforms. It was magnificent to see that there was such an enthusiastic audience for international dance films in Montana.

    January 2019