Light Moves Festival of Screendance is Ireland's international festival of dance on film. The festival is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. Light Moves presents feature screenings, short films, invited works and open submissions, as well as a Screendance Lab and Symposium with some of the most respected figures in the field. The festival takes place each year in November in Limerick.

The Light Moves Screendance Lab is a practical workshop which offers participants valuable opportunities to interrogate and explore questions around making dance film works.
The Light Moves Screendance Symposium encourages artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound/music and text.

Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at University of Limerick. The festival is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund.

Light Moves Festival of Screendance looks forward to presenting the following awards for works submitted via the Open Call that demonstrate particular artistic excellence in their exploration of screendance by challenging and renewing its scope and direction:
- Light Moves Festival Prize for outstanding overall work
- Light Moves Innovative Use of Sound/Music award
- Light Moves Outstanding Choreography and/or Performance award
- Light Moves Outstanding National/International Student Work award

SUBMISSIONS OPEN 01 February 2018

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our fourth festival taking place 8 – 11 November 2018 in Limerick, Ireland.

Open Call Notice for Film Submissions

Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2018 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limeick, in venues across the city including Dance Limerick and and Belltable. Submissions can be made via

Deadline extended: Monday 23 April 2018

Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for films submitted via the Open Call.

Submission Guidelines

Works considered shall include:
- Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context
- Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context
- Documentaries (please see terms and conditions)
- Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on courses up to and including MA level degrees

Works for the cinematic context will be presented at scheduled screenings with the facility to screen in HD, up to 2.39 widescreen and in stereo or 5.1 surround sound.
Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered. Whilst previously screened works are accepted, particular consideration will be given to recent works in the selection process.

Please note: In 2018 Light Moves will curate installations by invitation only. Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation type submissions via the open call.

Film Submission Fees:
Student: €20.00 / US$21.00
Professional: €25.00 / US$26.50

How to submit your film:
Submissions should be made via

Please read the Terms & Conditions prior to submitting your film.

Queries regarding film submissions can be made via


Film Submission and Competition Terms and Conditions 2018


a. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that full copyright and permissions have been acquired in advance of submission. The festival will not be accountable for any additional presentation costs. Please pay particular attention to ensure that music used has been cleared for copyright and that music presentation tariffs are not required.
b. By submitting to the festival, applicants cede the right to reproduce extracts and images of the submitted works for the purpose of promoting Light Moves festival events. Submitters waive all claims to remuneration where extracts of work are presented in such contexts. Any request to present extracts of work outside of such contexts by a third party will be communicated to the film’s rights holder by the festival.


a. Applicants may submit more than one application. However an application fee is required for each submission. See submission fees below at 4.a
b. Films which are close to completion will be considered and these should be submitted in the usual fashion. Such works should clearly indicate what stages of finalisation are required before completion. Generally such works should be at final edit stage with only elements such as audio mix or colour correction required. The duration of such works must not change from the submission of the initial version to the final version. Such films must be submitted no later than one month prior to the festival dates.
c. All film submissions must include appropriate credits which clearly indicate those involved in the creation of the work. Where appropriate, funding bodies and any sponsors involved should be included. English subtitles are required where language plays a central role, such as in documentaries.
d. Submissions which are deemed to not meet the submission requirements cannot be considered.
e. The deadline for receipt of film submissions is Friday 26 May 2017 (final deadline).
f. Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline, will be accepted/considered.
g. In 2018 Light Moves will curate installations by invitation only. Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation type submissions via the open call.
h. Light Moves welcomes the submission of documentary films. However, please be aware that, due to the nature of the screening timetable, there are limited slots for documentary works that extend beyond 55 minutes.
i. Student films are welcome and are defined as those either directed or choreographed by students who have been registered on educational courses no higher than MA level in 2017 or 2018. Submissions that do not clearly define the school or college you are/were registered at and the course title and degree type will not be considered.


a. Light Moves will accept works in a wide variety of formats and frame-rates. Aspect ratios from 1:1.37 to 1:2.39 are acceptable. However any film which deviates from 16:9 should be pillarboxed or letterboxed accordingly. Audio channels may be up to 5.1 surround sound and audio track ordering should conform to the standard AC3 arrangement (L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs). If alternative arrangements for media delivery are required please contact the festival team.
b. Light Moves requires that submission of works be made online via FilmFreeway using Vimeo and that, where possible, submitters also include a screening file of their work, to be downloaded if the submission is selected. Here is the link to the Light Moves festival listing on FilmFreeway:
c. Additional Details: Light Moves requires some details which are additional to the standard FilmFreeway submission form. When completing your form on FilmFreeway, please be sure to include the following details:

- Choreographer(s);
- Composer/Sound;
- Dance/Production Company;
- Stereo/Surround Sound;
- Date of first screening of submitted work;
- College/University (student submissions);
- Academic Course Title (student submissions);

Please also include at least two high resolution production photos (jpeg format is preferred).
d. Light Moves will not be held liable for any of the costs involved in submitting materials for the festival.


a. Entrance fees are as follows and are non-refundable:
Standard Fee: US$26.50 (€25) - Deadline for all submissions is 20 April 2018
Student Fee: US$21.50 (€20) - Deadline 20 April 2018. Please indicate affiliation to school / university in submission)
b. Unfortunately, Light Moves is not able to waive the entry fee as we rely on these fees to administer the festival.
c. Film submissions will be selected by the festival curating team and selected works will be scheduled to screen at one of the film screenings during the festival.
d. Entering a film into the festival indicates that the film is copyright compliant and films cannot be withdrawn following selection.
e. All entries to the festival submitted via the Open Call will be considered for the festival competition unless otherwise specified by the applicant.
f. All decisions are final.


a. All films and video works selected for Light Moves which have been produced in the past three years will be considered for the festival prizes.
b. Works may be considered for the best student award where the director/choreographer or the majority of the creative team have been studying at undergraduate or master’s level during 2016 or 2017 in an area related to the creative arts. Works will be automatically considered for the student prize where they have been submitted at the student rate. Proof of affiliation may be required.
c. Light Moves will award €2500 prize money in the following categories:
1. Festival Prize for outstanding overall work - €1000
2. Most innovative use of Sound/Music - €500
3. Outstanding choreography and/or performance- €750
4. Best National/International Student Work - €250
d. The Jury for the competition prizes will be composed of internationally recognised film, media arts and dance experts invited by the Light Moves Festival committee.
e. The Festival Team reserves the right to modify the aforementioned sums if circumstances so dictate and no complaint may be made in this situation.
f. Applicants submitting films are encouraged to attend the festival and if your film is selected, you will be allocated an Artists’ Pass to attend all events at Dance Limerick which is the main screening venue. Please ensure that you reserve and confirm your pass good time, as there is a limited seating capacity at the venue.


Overall Rating
  • Agnese Cebere

    I'm sad I wasn't able to be there but I appreciate the programming and presentation of the festival, and I was very happy and honored to have my film included in the official selection. Friends who went said the festival & venue were excellent!

    January 2019
  • Incredible festival! Love the depth of the programming and the live events that are woven into the film screenings. Excellent communication. They were very well organized and treated me with such care! Wish I could have attended!

    December 2018
  • Alex Reuben

    Excellent, creative curation with inclusive, international vision. The best festival of it's kind. Super friendly organisers & volunteers, wonderful hospitality in a lovely city. Immaculate attention to sound, projection, installation & workshops in atmospheric locations with movies that I would not otherwise have the chance to see. Central special event with live score was mesmerising. Essential viewing for all filmmakers, movement, sound & cross-arts practitioners. Unique, world class & highly recommended to both artists & punters. Enjoy!

    November 2018
  • Our client's film SWARM had the opportunity to screen at LMFS and we couldn't be happier. One of the best dance film festivals. Professionally organised and exciting content!

    November 2018
  • Oran Leong

    I have taken workshops with and seen films by some of the world's leading practitioners of screendance. From the practical labs to the film screenings at Light Moves I have been inspired, not only in filmmaking, but also in my physical dance practice. A wonderful festival I highly recommend. Bravo!

    January 2018