The integration of dance and cinematography is the heart of our work. When choosing works for exhibition and installation, we consider thoughtful forms and themes, investigative / innovative / experimental approaches, production values, audience appeal, choreographic creativity, virtuosic performance, and program fit. None of these criteria is a must; none is more important than the others; excellence in any one or two areas may be sufficient for acceptance. Shorts are preferred; documentaries and animations will be considered. Note that we are not interested in simple recordings of dance on a proscenium stage — cinematic elements must be an integral part of the entry. We encourage submissions from all artists regardless of credentials and affiliations.

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema is a niche film festival specializing in films that integrate the aesthetics of dance and cinema. Based in Boulder, Colorado (USA), we've been screening films in our hometown, across the United States, and around the world since 2004. Our mission is to promulgate this emerging art form by developing an audience and hence supporting our contributing artists.

Audience Choice Award
These awards are voted on by audience present at screening events throughout our season, and are announced at the end of the season.

This year we will primarily be screening shorts of 16 minutes or less, although the official limit is 30 minutes. We are interested in dance films that integrate the aesthetics of dance and film, and are an appropriate length in relationship to their treatment and style.

Films submitted marked as "Student" or "First-time Filmmaker" will be curated in our "Emerging Artist" Category. If accepted, the work will be so designated in the program.
If your film is accepted, we will ask for a still frame from your film to illustrate your work in our programs and/or promotional materials; if you would like to select stills yourself, please send one to three images by email. They should have the same pixel dimensions and aspect ratio as your film's frame and clearly convey movement or dancing in the image.

If your film is accepted, we may reach out to you in the future to share your work for our touring program. While we usually don't have the budget to fund screening fees for these events, we deeply appreciate your generosity in sharing your work to help us develop a wider audience for screen dance. PLEASE NOTE: Selecting the second option when submitting ("Additionally, I grant permission for SSF to screen this entry at subsequent venues") will greatly increase the likelihood of your work being invited to our touring program after initial acceptance. However, this line item is not taken into account when judging for initial acceptance into the festival, and we may still ask you for permission to bring your work on tour.

If you are accepted, your film will be part of the Sans Souci Archive, listed on our website. Your film itself will not be published nor distributed to any other person or organization, including online, but if you provide a trailer, we will include that link on your listing on our website. Your film may be exhibited completely or partially during educational events organized by Sans Souci and its campus affiliates (Screening Partners), for example as part of lectures on screen dance at universities.
Physical support (posters, etc.) of films is sent at the artist's own risk. The festival is not responsible for the damage the physical support may suffer, and there will be no refunds. After the festival, Sans Souci will not return any materials.

Curatorial Criteria
When choosing works for exhibition and installation we consider thoughtful forms and themes, investigative / innovative / experimental approaches, production values, audience appeal, and how the piece will fit with or complement others we are considering. None of these criteria is a must; none is more important than the others; excellence in any one or two areas may be sufficient for acceptance. Art-oriented shorts under 16 minutes are strongly preferred. Short documentaries will be considered.
Note that we are not interested in simple recordings of dance on a proscenium stage — cinematic elements must be an integral part of the entry.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Charli Brissey

    Always such an amazing festival! Wonderful people and programming. Thanks for including my work this year!!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Charli! We love having your work in our line-up... and so do our fans! Thank you for your generosity.

  • Amazing Festival, amazing people. This is the place for dance filmmakers.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Welket! It was great to have you as a part of the festival this year.

  • I was not able to attend, but I have participated in multiple editions of Sans Souci, and they have toured my work around the world. They are very good with communication and community outreach (which grows the audience for dance films around the globe). They are a very important fest to get to know.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your review, Dawn! We are so grateful for your kind words, and for letting us share your work with our audiences!

  • Bagaceira Filmes

    The festival made a huge impact in me and in my film, super communicative and organised.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Bagaceira Filmes! It was so lovely to meet you both, and thank you again for coming so far for the event. Hope to see you again next time we come to Brazil!

  • Francesca Penzani

    Thank you Sans Souci Festival of Dance for screening Double Up at your amazing festival. Although I couldn't be present, I know of friends that came by and thoroughly enjoyed the screenings and atmosphere. I am honored that my film was part of your festival.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Francesa,
    Thank you so much for your review! It was a pleasure to screen your film, "Double Up," and to great reviews from the audience, I might add. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
    -SSF