The mission of the Moving Body platform is dedicated to connecting artists, mediums and audiences through art that shares a strong choreographic sensibility. How do we move? What makes us move? Towards what are we moving? How do we move from an individual towards a collective body shaping the future of history? How do we move in time of Catastrophe? These are the issues which underline any program selection.

Мoving Body Platform navigates its mission through the following formats:

- Moving Body Festival - a yearly based festival in Varna, Bulgaria which program includes short films screenings, lectures, workshops, talks and performance program;
- Critical moves - an international film competition program with screenings in the frame of the festival;
- Translation on Air - a monthly rubric, dedicated on short screendance films;
- Habitat - a production territory for own art works, as well as commissioned ones;
- Our movement - an educational program that includes workshops, ateliers and practices;
- Let’s move - a touring program within Bulgaria;
- The way we move matters - an advocacy line that includes official meetings and public discussions.

MB#7 | Critical moves | Open call 2022

The temporary collective body that we form every year has an increasingly powerful charge of energy. It seeks, provokes, quest around, wants to see, speak and hear. It maps the routes along which artists, media and audiences move through art with strong conceptual and choreographic sensibility. The edition unfolds in a rich program that hides entrances and exits to a variety of contexts and topics which meets us with works in-processes, workshops, performances, exhibitions, screenings, discussions and party situations.

We perceive the critical areas that we will offer to your attention as a richfull territory in which to explore, to stand and observe, to provoke, to stand up and insist that it is important - How do we move? What makes us move? Towards what are we moving? How do we move from an individual towards a collective body shaping the future of history? How do we move in time of Catastrophe?
Welcome to edition number seven!


We are searching for short films which represent experiments in video medium, art works and dance with strong choreographic sensibility and original concepts. Films that explore new audiovisual lines and challenge the viewer’s perspective are very welcome to submit. The category is open for a wide range of genres, including experimental, narrative, social, documentary and hybrid film forms as dance films made by virtual and augmented reality.

We are curious to receive:

- films that are tapping into Moving Body’s platform core questions;
- films with sharp and clear concept;
- innovative and provocative video art works that push the boundaries of the film medium;
films related to dance, choreography or movement;
- films between 1 - 15 min.;
- films not older than 2 years;
- films not submitted to previous Moving Body editions;
- max. 2 submissions per filmmaker

We are not interested to receive:

- trailers;
- recordings of performances;
- commercials.

A film will be considered by the festival's selection committee once the online form has been filled out and the selection screener link has been sent, before 18th June 2022.

Professionals are competing for the ‘Jury Award - Best Dance Film’, with cash prize of 500 euro and ‘Encouragement Awards’ with digital diploma for:

- best collective body;
- best individual body;
- best use of location;
- best choreography;
- best low-budget;
- most daring;
- audience choice

All the winners will receive special attention with an article in our rubric Translation on air.

All benefits to selected films:

- Eligible to receive a Jury Award or Encouragement Awards;
- Featured on the 7th edition of Moving Body Festival in October 2022;
- Awarded with “International Official Selection” Laurel, “Best Dance Film" Laurel for cash award winner, as well as “Encouragement Award”;
- One free pass to the Moving Body Festival 2022;
- Invitation for participation in Moving Body’s touring initiative and being promoted in additional cities.

AGREEMENT on the Terms & Conditions for the open call 2022

All submitted short films should not exceed 15 minutes.

All submitted short films should not be older than 2 years .

All submitted short films should not be submitted to previous Moving Body editions.

If an applying film is not in English, it is mandatory that it has appropriately embedded English subtitles.

Submission fees are not refundable.

By submitting your work, you agree that you have all the necessary rights and authorisations to present this work in public. Moving Body Festival is not responsible for any claims made by a third party regarding copyright and related rights. Any damages that Moving Body Festival may incur as a result of your submission shall be the responsibility of the respective applicant.

The awarded films are determined by an authoritative jury and their decision is not subject to appeal.

The programmers of the festival may choose to put a film in a different category/competition than it was submitted for. In this case, the filmmaker will be informed without the right to contest this decision.

Notifications about the film selection 2022 will be sent by latest by August 2022 and announced online by the beginning of October 2022.

General scheduling and timetable of screenings are entirely at the discretion of the festival.

Moving Body is granted the right to screen the submitted films during the festival period in Varna as well as in its online edition 2022 and in the touring program planned for the first half of 2023.

In case your film is selected for screening you will be asked to send a master copy before the end of August 2023. The criteria and specifications for master files will be emailed with the notification. Failure to send the master copy in time or in the requested format will result in discontinuation of your participation in the Festival.

Moving Body is granted gratuitously and without limitation in time or geography the right to use the submitted films, film stills, posters and trailers for promotional purposes on the internet, television and other media. An excerpt of 10% of the film (or max. 3min) of each submitted film may be used for that purpose.

The film information provided by the participant in the entry form will be used for festival publications. Catalog writings are entirely at the discretion of the Festival. Moving Body accepts no liability in the event that its publications reproduce inaccuracies in submitted materials.

The film submitter’s personal contact details will be kept in the Moving Body database after the Festival. This information is only used to request additional screenings and will never be made public nor given to third parties without consent of the submitter.

By submitting your film you claim to have full ownership of the film and / or have cleared all the rights. Moving Body shall under no circumstances be liable for any claims by third parties.

In case of faulty projection, the festival cannot be held liable for immaterial damages suffered by the director, producer or distributor.

Festival / day passes or screening invitations for filmmakers are at the discretion of the Festival.

Moving Body is very happy to have the filmmakers present at the festival, unfortunately the festival cannot cover travel and accommodation. Therefore Moving Body could provide you with an official letter of invitation to the festival which could be used in application processes for your local mobility funds.

The management and/or board of Moving Body can always decide on exceptions to the above regulations per its sole discretion and without the need to inform all applicants individually.

Overall Rating
  • Amazing festival. Good communication and organization.

    January 2023
  • Annie Leclair

    Thank you for selecting my film Grounded to your festival. I wish I could have been on site to experience all the on screen and on stage performances! I am extremely honoured to have won the Best Individual Body Award that I dedicate to Marie-Hélène Bellavance, the artist in my film!

    December 2022
  • Bárbara Malavoglia

    It was great to be part of Moving Body! Thanks for including our film 'abracavala' in such a beautiful program. Hopefully next time we'll be there in person! Hugs from Brazil

    December 2022
  • Jessica Liu

    Great experience with the team from MOVING BODY Festival!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Kateryna Tiurina

    Thank you Moving Body for this fantastic emotions and good organisation! Big hugs from Kyiv.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Kateryna! Your review is warmly appreciated!