San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) is a multi-day international event showcasing the best in dance film from around the world. In 2020, we presented our festival almost entirely online with great success, attracting a record-breaking global audience. Looking ahead to our October 2021 festival, we intend to host an in-person opening night program alongside our virtual festival. The exact structure is TBA and will depend on current health guidelines.

With the recent additions of live performances, gallery installations, and screenings of live captures from the world's great stages, SFDFF has become one of the most respected and influential dance film festivals. The festival awards cash prizes and produces a touring reel to expand the reach of its programming.

A non-profit organization operating year round, SFDFF has the mission of supporting independent artists through screenings, panels, filmmaking workshops, and original film productions that bring together professionals from the communities of dance, filmmaking, and music in unprecedented collaborations.

Entering its twelfth season in 2021, the festival continues to seek groundbreaking work in the field of screendance, and welcomes submissions of dance-based narrative shorts and features, documentaries, live performance captures, installations, and music videos.

Filmmaker Benefits:

— Eligibility for filmmaker cash awards up to $1,000
— Free Festival Pass providing admission to programs and events during the festival
— Industry networking and discovery opportunities. Several of the films screened at SFDFF have gone on to receive distribution offers.
— Inclusion in our permanent digital archive.
— Opportunities for further exposure via our “On the Road” touring reel and other educational outreach programs
— “Official SFDFF Selection” laurel to help promote your film

All films selected for the Festival are eligible for the following awards. Winners will be chosen by independent award jury.

— Best Documentary ($1,000)
— Best Live Performance Capture ($500)
— Best Screendance Film
• Under 10 minutes ($500)
• Over 10 minutes ($500)
— Best Student Film ($500)
— Best Art/Experimental ($500)
— Best Music Video ($500)

Audience Favorite awards, selected by audience survey, will be announced the week following the festival.


— All dance-based films of any style or length will be considered.

— Films must have a production date of 2018 or later.

— Student filmmakers must submit a current, valid student ID or proof of enrollment at the time the film was made, with your submission.

— Include high-resolution film stills and/or production photos with your submission. Remember to include photo credits.

— As fellow artists we take to heart the amount of work put into each film. Therefore, we are careful to ensure that each film is screened by at least three reviewers.

Selected films will be requested in their native frame rate in QuickTime format using one of the following codecs: ProRes, ProRes HQ, or ProRes 4444. Blu-ray may be requested as an additional option for films over 20 minutes ONLY. A ProRes file will also be required as backup.

— The individual or production company submitting the film hereby warrants that they have cleared all necessary copyrights, including any underlying rights, to submit this film and its supporting materials to SFDFF and will hold SFDFF harmless from and against any and all third party claims.

— By submitting your film, SFDFF is hereby granted the right to utilize any submitted materials, including video and still images for purposes of promotion of the 2021 Festival and for future institutional promotion of SFDFF.

— Once submitted, a film cannot be withdrawn for any reason.

Overall Rating
  • San Francisco Dance Film Festival is a top quality Dance on Camera film festival with film of exceptional quality. They brought filmmakers together in a virtual arena and did a great job of creating panels and events to substitute the live events. Congratulations SFDFF!

    November 2020
  • Alonso Segura

    Everything was way better than expected. It was great to be a part of such an amazing and talented group of people, from festival's organization group to filmmakers and dancers. Hope it won't be the last!

    November 2020
  • Annemijn Rijk

    Great, very professional. The communication was amazing and patient. The trailer was superb! I enjoyed the filmmaker forum (even over zoom!) Would 10/10 recommend!

    November 2020
  • I've been privileged enough to have films at SFDFF for two consecutive years and I couldn't be thankful enough. The programming is quality, the commitment to elevating the Screendance genre in the United States, the friendly staff - everything about this festival is superb!

    November 2020
  • ali kenner brodsky

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

    February 2020