REELING: Dance on Screen is a bi-annual event that features local, national, and international short works (under 10 minutes) in a variety of dance styles. In July 2023 there will be a live screening of featured works, in addition to online offerings.

REELING: Dance on Screen Festival
Call for submissions, deadline May 15th

MZD is accepting submissions of short video works (10 minutes or less) for REELING: Dance on Screen Festival.

REELING’s focus this year is to represent Indigenous dance filmmakers based in Turtle Island, and also so-called Canadian dance filmmakers who have short (10 min max) dance films.

The CURATORIAL THEME is you. How do you move through life as you? What makes you unique? How is expression in dance specific to you? How does your past and your ancestry involve you?

Works could include (but are not limited to):

Contemporary dance, hip hop, cultural dances, work from equity-deserving artists, and
Interdisciplinary collaborations.
Up to 20 dance films will be selected and presented at the festival through various online and community events, including a big screen drive-in party and presentation.

Participants will receive:

A feature spot in the online festival, scheduled for July 2023
Credit and mention in festival promotion, and on the MZD website; and
an honorarium.

Chosen artists receive payment of $150 Canadian for their work.

All individuals are welcome to apply, and submissions must include:

The title, length and date of your piece;
A 140 character elevator pitch;
A 400 word (or less) description of the project;
A link to your film or footage (up to 10 minutes long);
Headshot and bio (lead artist only, please include where you are from); and
Relevant online links (website, social media etc.).
All applications must be submitted through the online application form.

Inquiries about the festival may be sent to

Application deadline is May 15th 2023

Overall Rating
  • Julia Zanin de Paula

    Beautiful! I love when festivals actually support filmmakers and their work and actually compensate for the usage of our material. It was well organized and the organization communicated beautifully. Great selection of work and a festival that SUPPORTS the medium. Such an honor to be included in this. Thank you.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words! We were overwhelmed with the incredible talent of these artists and the work being done in dance film as a medium.

  • This is the best Festival during the pandemic. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to participate in this film festival. It was remarkable. The Team was very professional

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being in our festival! Your work added a wonderful element to it and we were very pleased with the programs!

  • It was an honor to participate in this festival.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks again for sharing your work with us!

  • Chiara Rigione

    Excellent communication, perfect locations, too bad we couldn't be present!
    Thank you so much

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Chiara- we were so happy with the films and how everything worked out!