Moovy is a dance film festival. The 7th edition will take place May 2023 at the Filmforum at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

Accepted categories:
- Screendance Professionals national / international
- Choreography and Performance for VR and AR
- Students from North Rhine Westphalia, Germany

General rules and regulations 2023

Submission of a screendance (dance film, videodance, VR) constitutes acceptance of the Entry Rules & Regulations, please review this document carefully.

1. What is Moovy
Moovy is a dance film festival taking place in Cologne. Dance films are a hybrid of movement and film where choreography develops a relationship between the dancer and camera. Through the synthesis of dance and moving images, specific temporal and spatial structures are created which would not be possible on stage. In video dance, it’s not only the dancer that moves, but also animation technology and electronic image processing. Within each film, surroundings are set into motion either to create an everyday scenario or fictitious world. Moovy aims to create a platform for both local and international artists by presenting non-Western material from partnerships. In addition to the latest films, Moovy will also present classics.

2. Mission
Moovy aims to create a platform for both local and international artists by presenting non-Western material from partnerships.
Dance films should be available not only for the more specialised audience, but also to a broader audience, those who prefer non-commercial movies, the experimental movies, those who are eager to experience different types of movie narratives.
The festival wants to demonstrate; that dance films are a captivating and interesting movie genre and that an audience can be created for it.

3. Objectives
3.1. To encourage the development, research, promotion and dissemination of dance, body movement, film (motion and cinematic narrative), XR, non-verbal language and the resulting synergies.
3.2. To revitalize the participation and involvement of an eclectic audience, not just a dance loving one, but also a film loving one, eager to discover new, different cinematographic narrative, approaching culture thru an attractive proposal.
3.3. To embolden young professionals (both audiovisual and dancers) to carry out new and innovative projects around the dance film (short dance film contest for film/audiovisual schools in collaboration with dance schools).
3.4. Moovy aims to encourage choreographers, dancers, film-makers and digital artists from North Rhine-Westphalia to develop innovative ‘dance film’ projects together. An open call supports this plan. After films are produced from this collaboration, a selection will be chosen for an open call.

4. Dates
Submissions open July 2022 and close end of September 2022. The festival can however make certain exceptions to this rule.

The Festival will be held May 2023. Following the main event Moovy Cologne - special screenings may be programmed in order to promote the artist’s work and share it with a wider audience. By submitting a film the artist agrees to these special screenings.
If the Festival or the screenings cannot take place due to official prohibitions, through no fault of either party, for example due to COVID-19, force majeure (e.g. in the event of a natural disaster), etc., an alternative date or another possible form (e.g. online screening) will be sought, whereby the alternative event/form must make organisational and artistic sense.

5. Submission form
All submissions must be made thru the festival’s official online submission platform FilmFreeway. Curated work does not have to be submitted online.

5.1. Entry fee
Moovy does not charge entry fee.

6. Eligibility criteria
Only films that meet the following conditions may be selected
- screendance projects (dance on screen)
- videodance projects
- films, where dance and cinema coexist to create a unique language
- films, where body and camera movement are fundamental for the plot are also eligible
- all cinematographic and dance genres are welcome (including figure skating, acrobatics, traditional dance, ballroom etc.)
- short films with a running time preferably under 15 minutes. The festival can however make certain exceptions to this rule. Films up to 30 minutes running time are eligible
- there is no production year limit
- films that are not openly published online (youtube, vimeo) are preferred, but this is not a selection criteria. If you have a great movie, we want to screen it, even if it is available online
- VR dance films

7. Selection
Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme. Complete documentation for each selected film is to be made available latest end of November 2022.

8. Attending the festival
Film selection is not based in the artist’s availability to attend the festival. We invite and encourage all artists to attend Moovy, however we cannot provide travel and accommodation expenses for the 2023 edition.

9. Liability
The director and co-director of Moovy have the power to settle all cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.

10. Participation in Moovy TanzFilmFestival Köln implies acceptance of all the aforementioned rules, regulations and preselection conditions.

Rights of use and Third party rights
The person submitting the film (hereinafter “the applicant”) Insofar as the film contains rights under copyright law as well as other rights (e.g. personal rights such as the right to one's own image) (hereinafter "rights"), the applicant grants the rights required for the performance of this contract (e.g. festival) as well as for press and public relations work, in each case off- and online (e.g. streaming, upload and download), on a non-exclusive basis.
Music-related and, if applicable, choreography-related rights to the submitted film (also ancillary copyrights to music recordings, rights of sound carrier producers, film production rights) and thereby also those which have already been licensed to a collecting society (e.g. GEMA) and which the collecting society can dispose of without restriction, are included in the granting of rights under this contract. In this respect, the Parties agree that applicant shall take care of this granting of rights and pay for the costs.
The applicant guarantees that he or she has obtained consent to grant rights from any and all third parties, i.e. owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film or engaged with the production of the film. In particular, the applicant warrants that all rights required for the performance of this contract are freely transferable, can be granted and do not infringe any third-party rights. With reference to the aforementioned warranty promise, applicant indemnifies Moovy TanzFilmFestival (hereinafter “Moovy”) against all third-party claims resulting from the use of the rights granted.
Such grants, consent and warrant are a condition for the possibility of submitting the film to Moovy.
In return for the aforementioned grant of rights, the applicant receives the opportunity to use the reach and audience of Moovy for themselves and their work.

Overall Rating
  • I was so excited to be a part of this festival!
    Thank u a lot

    May 2022
  • Roman Korzhuk

    Thank you for your participation. We wish you development and prosperity!

    May 2022
  • Nadja Görts

    Thanks a lot for having us. It was wonderful to attend to Museum Ludwig after such a long pandemic. It was a great organization and we loved the displayed showcases.

    April 2022
  • Great festival. though I couldn't attend it personally, but they were posting the updates on social media to make sure filmmakers who were not there dont miss a thing. Thanks for giving my film "Here" a chance to be showcased at your prestigious festival.

    August 2021
  • Tuixén Benet

    It was a pleasure to be a part of Moovy Tanzfilmfestival! Thank you so much for showing my work and looking forward to participate again!

    August 2021