London International Screen Dance Festival celebrates new independent short films from around the world

The Festival is a biannual event and will return in September 2021

This dynamic event is a celebration of the inventive and experimental integration of movement, choreography and the moving image on screen

London International Screen Dance Festival welcomes a diverse range of films from the international community including experimental films, the use of new or old technology, animation and any project that integrates movement with the screen

Banner image: © Joowon Song

Officially selected films will be allocated a small honorarium

All Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by June 1, 2021

Only films completed after 1st January 2017 will be considered

We are preparing the Festival to be a live event in September 2021 with the option of suspending the programme to a later date in response to prevailing Covid-19 conditions. An online version of the Festival is a final option and would be discussed on a case to case basis with participants

The Festival does not accept filmed performances that are created for the theatre

Student filmmakers must have been enrolled in an accredited educational institute at the time the film was made

A maximum of 2 films per person/artist/ company may be submitted

Please note that in the previous Festival approximately 10% of submitted films were in the final programme. Longer films (eg 15-20 minutes) tend to face more competition in regard to gaining a place in the programme

Selected artists will be allocated two complimentary passes for the screenings and an invitation to the official reception. An official London International Screen Dance Festival selection laurel will be allocated to all Festival participants and a dedicated public relations team will promote the works in the lead up to the festival

For promotional purposes we may include a maximum of 10 seconds of footage for use in a short compilation festival showreel. The selection of this footage is at the discretion of the in-house editor and the showreel will be dubbed with an external, overarching sound score. Other than this (under 10 second clip) we will NOT publish the films online

All works must be original and entrants must own the rights or have permission to use all the content included in their film

If your film is accepted, we will select some of the approved still images to promote your work and the festival. This may be in print, online or in a live setting

Please include a credit for your still image(s). For copyright reasons we will not be able to use your images without a credit

We may have to edit or adjust your written copy to suit the in-house format of the festival

We are not able to give feedback to unselected proposals

Selected films for London International Screen Dance Festival will be archived at the Laban Library and will be viewable on site, and in person, by students, researchers, and members of the public (not online)

Laban Library offers the largest and most varied open-access specialist research collection on dance and related subjects in the UK, covering many aspects of dance in a variety of formats and languages

London International Dance Film Festival 2021 accepts entries via

The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding judging decisions

London International Screen Dance Festival is a non-profit organisation run by arts professionals on a voluntary basis

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company No: 51090 Registered Charity No: 309998. King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9JF

Overall Rating
  • A great new festival. Warmest communication and "hospitality" care package I have ever received from a festival that I couldn't attend! <3

    February 2020
  • Mary Fitzgerald

    Beautifully organized festival! Charles and the LISD team were very accommodating and generous. I was not able to travel to the festival, but they sent reviews and gifts to the artists - a first!

    Excellent experience all around!

    November 2019
  • Harry Brooks

    I was lucky enough to be accepted and attend the festival. Was a well organised festival, that brought together some outstanding works from around the globe. Would highly recommend applying if your serious about screen dance.

    November 2019
  • Richard James Allen

    We were delighted that the London International Screen Dance Festival shared our film DIGITAL AFTERLIVES. While we couldn't get to London for the screenings, all our dealing with the festival were excellent.

    October 2019
  • Fu LE

    I was there. Nice people and a nice festival that is worth to be continued.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for coming over from Paris to talk about your film 'MASS' - it gave the audience insight to your collaborative process and your 'single shot' practice.