MOVING BODY is a festival devoted to connecting artists, mediums, audiences and communities through contemporary dance, performances and films that are on the border of video art and dance. At the heart of the initiative and the design of the program are the questions - What makes us move? How do we move to? Towards what we are moving?

MOVING BODY 2020, the 5th edition of the platform, will take place between 17 - 19.07 2020. All filmmakers, audiovisual artists, choreographers, dancers, creatives, artists, professionals and students are invited to submit their dance films and screendance works, and be part of MOVING BODY 2020!

Dance films in a number of categories (experimental, narrative, social, documentary, animated, music video, student film, under 1 minute) up to 15 minutes (credits included) in length will be considered.

Members of the jury within Moving Body platform:

🟣🌊 Iskra Ivanova holds a degree in Choreography and Pedagogy at the Varna Free University „Chernorizec Hrabar“ (2011) and with names such as David Zambrano, Benno Voorham (CI), Nigel Charnock (DV8), Iztok Kovač (En Knap), Doris Uchlich, Diego Agullo and more, she improves and refines the direction of her work. She is a dance and movement facilitator, practitioner and choreographer, leading various creative workshops in the country and abroad. Participant in a number of collaborative projects and festivals such as ACT independent Theatre Festival, Independent and Experimental Art Festival - Ne Fest, CAMP festival for visual music, ATOM choreographic series and more. In addition to body language, Iskra has keen interests in experimental films, video installations, photographic images and sound. As an artist, she is interested of activating the role and the position of the audience, creating a shared experience which is able to embody the questions of how we make choices, how we perceive, experience and cohabitate the world. Iskra is co-founder and artistic director of MOVING BODY festival for contemporary dance and performance.

🟢🌊 Svetlozara Hristova is a specialist in Cultural Studies, a manager, an artistic collaborator in various experimental projects and jury member within the spheres of contemporary dance and performance. She graduated at Sofia University with a diploma project on the theme "Тheatre of the Spiritual Archetype - Sfumato Theatre Laboratory". During her studies, she specialized in acting at the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts "Krustyo Sarafov". Svetozara has lasting interests and curiosities within performing arts, site-specific art, photography and poetry. Svetlozara is one of the initiators and main organiser of the festival platforms RADAR Festival Beyond Music (2014) and Moving Body (2016) in her hometown Varna.

🔵🌊 Ana-Maria Sotirova has a BA in Film from the University of Reading, and subsequently holds an MA from the University of Amsterdam (2019), with a thesis titled "Screendance: A Proposal for the Construction of a Language Rooted in the Symbiosis Between Film and Dance." She has used her experience as an amateur dancer in her experimental film student projects, exploring the interweaving of the two forms. Ana-Maria wishes to continue engaging in cinematic and synergistic art activities, preferably in their alternative forms.

External members of the jury that are well-known in the field of contemporary art from Bulgaria:

🟠🌈 Angelina Georgieva holds a PhD in Theatre Studies and studied at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, where she now teaches and specialised at the Free University of Berlin. She is a theatre and dance critic and researcher and has collaborated in a variety of initiatives in the field of contemporary performative arts. Angelina is also editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, an annual print journal for ballet, contemporary dance and performance and dance culture (

🟡🎨 Radoslav Mehandzhiyski and Teodora Konstantinova are art historians and curators, contemporary art lecturers and current PhD students at New Bulgarian University. The project they are well known for in Bulgaria is the independent platform for contemporary art and culture called Art and Culture Today which was founded in 2016. Their main mission there is to create new types of visual experiences for a wide non-professional audience through which everybody can learn about the ambiguous world of contemporary art in a light, adequate and up to date manner. Radoslav and Teodora are also founders of the IMAGO International Artist Residency which is a way for them to become even more involved with the artistic dialogue between the contemporary art scenes in Bulgaria, Europe and the World.

External members of the jury that have been honoured from the last edition of Moving Body Festival:

Laura Santini & Anja Dimitrijevic

🎬🌅 Laura Santini lives and works between Rome, Venice and Bergamo. She obtained her Master’s degree in Visual Arts at the IUAV University of Venice along with other art studies in Rome, Jerusalem and Nimes. Her thesis is an analysis of the relationship between visible and invisible in the perception of the image. In all the possibilities that emerge from her research, it’s found that all we see is distant and that what we feel near is a reality in continuous change beyond time and space. During the last years, she began to experiment with screenings and performance, sound space-works, wood and ceramic installations. Laura is part of Confluenze, a platform based on a fluid work dynamic between artists, architects and musicians. She alternates her artist research with the role of assistant for the artists: Gal Weinstein, Marta Sforni, Liselotte Hohs, Serena Fineschi and Kaspar Kasic.

🎬🌅 Anja Dimitrijević lives between Belgrade and Venice. She obtained a Master of Applied Theatre (theatre directing) at the University IUAV of Venice in 2018. Anja is part of Confluenze, a platform based on a fluid work dynamic between artists, architects and musicians. Her experience was mainly developed in the field of screendance, as well as directing theatre and dance performances. Anja’s compositions depict movements inspired by urban and natural spaces. These spaces studied with attention, allow a matter for transgression and dialogue with movement. She has worked as a cultural mediator since 2015 for La Biennale di Venezia in Serbian and Danish pavilions. She was an intern as a video maker for Bunker Institute of Performing Arts- Ljubljana (SLO).

🎬🌅 The works of Laura Santini and Anja Dimitrijevic have been featured at “FIFA International Festival of Films on Art” - Montreal (CAN), “Il Divertimento per li Regazzi” - Venice (IT), “Moving-Body Festival” - Varna (BG), "TRAFFIC Festival" - San Lorenzo in Campo (IT), "LIBERTA’" Gallergry – Venice (IT), "Shifting Space" U10 Art Space –Belgrade (RS), "The Happenstance" Scotland Pavillion – Venice Biennale (IT), among others. In 2019 with Confluenze, they led the multidisciplinary mobile workshop "Barene" during AESOP Annual Congress.

🎥❗Baptiste Rouveure, in addition to commissioned films (clips and commercials), continues his work in fiction, where movement and body language remain his preferred approach. His short film "And The Winner Is" depicts a boxer fighting his double. Among the international selections, the film received the "Best Short Film" award at the 35th Rassegna Cinematographica Internazionale Festival in Italy. In 2018, his work "Altera" invites 13 dancers into a dystopic world to talk about the rejection of the other and the resulting withdrawal into oneself. The film stands out with 28 selections in official competitions in more than 18 countries. It won twice the prize for best dance film ("Imajitari International Dance Film" - Indonesia and "Moving Body Festival" - Bulgaria), the prize for best editing ("Muestra Movimiento audiovisual" - Mexico) and a prize at "Shortwave Festival" in Poland. "Anonymous Animals" is Baptiste Rouveure's first feature film. The film, without words, at the crossroads of fantastic and suspense, questions the place of animals in our societies.

One film will be rewarded with the Best Dance Film Award and presented with 800 Euro. Depending on the results of the funding processes of the festival, we will do our best to reward one or two more films with financial support. Also, one film will be rewarded with the Audience Award. One film in each category will be rewarded with an Encouragement Award for its contribution to the evolving and intriguing field which brings dance/movement and film/video together. ALL rewarded films will receive digital achievement diplomas and laurels.

MOVING BODY will strive to also organise a film tour, travelling to the major cities in Bulgaria, but also to the smallest hidden villages in our country to screen selections from the programme. Workshops and lectures for professionals will often be part of the touring programme, as well.

Dance films in a number of categories (experimental, narrative, social, documentary, animated, music video, under 1 minute) between 1 and 15 minutes (credits included) in length will be considered.

It is up to the filmmakers and creators to decide in which category to position their work. If you believe it fits into more than one, you can tick more than one box, but keep in mind that this way you allow the jury to decide in which category your film will be competing.

We love intertwinings between arts and mediums, so, dance films crossing over other disciplines such as music, literature, sculpture, fashion, design, architecture are welcome.

Dance performance recordings are excluded from this call and for the selection process.


► Participants must be at least 18 years old to apply.
► Films must correspond to the genre of dance cinema (dance for the screen, video dance, screendance).
► Films must be completed after 1st of January 2018. Please, don't send us films that you submitted last year. They won't be considered for selection.
► A preview copy of the film (Vimeo, Youtube or web page) must be included in your submission, to be seen by the jury.
► We ask you to include in your application, the credits associated with the entire creative team, including choreographers, dancers and dance company, if applicable. We want to present all the crew and work behind your film.
► Dance films containing dialogues, in a language other than English, must include in the preview copy of the film, the respective subtitles in English.

Overall Rating
  • Kateryna Tiurina

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

    December 2020
  • Tuixén Benet

    It was an honor to be selected at the festival. Very good communication.

    November 2020
  • Was honoured and really enjoyed being in this festival. Communication was excellent, always friendly and prompt. Well done! Unfortunately couldn't be there. Next time!

    November 2020
  • Kosta Karakashyan

    A wonderful highlight of the Bulgarian festival season. Honored to be a part of it!

    September 2020
  • Lovely festival to be screened at - wonderful communication and beautiful program to be a part of.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your wonderful words!