2023 Portland Dance Film Fest! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Portland Dance Film Fest (PDFF) invites dance filmmakers to submit their minis, shorts, long, & mini-documentary dance films for PDFFโ€™s seventh annual dance film festival. PDFF is a multi-day festival showcasing curated dance film submissions from around the world. We are looking for originality, innovative cinematography, unique choreography, and a demonstration of dance and film in a synergistic relationship.

Some questions we are asking as we judge dance films are:
- Is the choreography made with the camera in mind?
- Does the camera have choreography?
- Does the camera contribute to the success of the dance OR would this be more successful as a live performance?

In general, we are not looking for dance documentation or the capturing of dance works as live stage performances. We are open to animation, experimental films, narrative, non-narrative and will only accept films with the story and concept told primarily through movement. If you have questions about your submission please contact us!

โš ๏ธ Please note that the filmmaker must own or have cleared copyright of all aspects of the submitted film. This includes all music and images used. PDFF accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, in regards to clearing copyrighted material.

All selected films will receive an official laurel. Attending Filmmakers will receive two complimentary festival tickets. Award winning films will receive a $100 prize.

๐Ÿ† Jury Award** - Highest rated film by judges ($100)
๐Ÿ† Best Mini - Highest rated Mini by judges ($100)
๐Ÿ† Best Short - Highest rated Short by judges ($100)
๐Ÿ† Best Long - Highest rated Long by judges ($100)

**Jury award will replace either the mini, short, or long award if it falls into that category.

๐Ÿ† Audience Award Picks 1 ($100)
๐Ÿ† Audience Award Picks 2 ($100)
๐Ÿ† Audience Award Picks 3 ($100)

Additional awards (Best Choreography, Best Cinematography, Best Director, etc.,) may be created for the films that the judges feel exceed in that category! ๐Ÿ† $100 prize will also be offered to those winners.


๐ŸŽฅ Mini // 0 โ€“ 5 minutes
๐ŸŽฅ Short // 5:01 - 15 minutes
๐ŸŽฅ Long // 15:01 +
๐ŸŽฅ Oregon Artist // All lengths Welcome - Only submit to the Oregon Artist category. PDFF will sort your film into the Mini, Short, & Long categories during judging.

๐ŸŽฅ Mini- Documentary // 20 Minutes or Less

ALL Films:
ยป Dance must be made for film, PDFF will not accept live stage performances.
ยป We ask that your film is not shown in the greater Portland, OR area 2 months prior to the festival showing.
ยป Please include English subtitles if no English language is included.
ยป All films submitted must be completed at time of submission.
ยป By submitting a film for consideration to Portland Dance Film Fest, the filmmaker/production company grants PDFF the right to screen the film throughout the duration of the festival in any capacity. PDFF will never upload a non-password protected film to the Internet without the filmmakers consent.
โš ๏ธ The applicant declares that they have obtained all necessary rights and permissions to present the film in Portland Dance Film Fest. The filmmaker must own or have cleared copyright of all aspects of the submitted film. This includes all music and images used. PDFF accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, in regards to clearing copyrighted material.
ยป Submission of an entry gives Portland Dance Film Fest and its presenters permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including press material and film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Robert Uehlin

    I had the pleasure of being involved in the 2022 Portland Dance Film Festival. I was so inspired by the thoughtful curation and by the care the festival team showed me and the other filmmakers present at the festival. I so look forward to submitting again in the future!

    October 2022
  • Such a fantastic festival run by a great team of people. Just such a shame we couldnโ€™t be there in real life. Honoured to have been selected amongst such incredible talent and inspiring films.

    November 2021
  • Beatriz Mediavilla

    I had the chance to be part of the 2020 Portland dance film festival. It was amazingly energizing. Even if on line du to the Covid19, the selection of film was so great. I also had the opportunity to led a workshop. Everything was clear and so well organized. I really did enjoy this festival. I just wish i make more film and that I'm selected again and I can go there for real!

    October 2020
  • Kateryna Tiurina

    We were really happy be a part of Portland Dance Film Fest. You had a good video line-up, thank you for that. Take care and let's go do more)

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Kateryna! We loved having your film in our festival :D

  • ali kenner brodsky

    It was an honor to be included in this lineup. The communication was stellar, I'm sorry I couldn't attend.

    February 2020