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 usually announced at the beginning of the next 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.

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.

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.

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  • 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

  • Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema: Brazil Edition offered an exceptional program and we were excited to see our client SWARM be a part of it. This festival has such a laid back attitude whilst still maintaining a professionalism that's still friendly. Keep up the incredible work San Souci Festival!

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Festival Formula Ltd! We've enjoyed working with you, too! So glad to have SWARM as a part of our season this year!

  • Michael Perry

    Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema is a top notch fantastic festival. The films are of high quality with perfect technical exhibition. The festival screening was highly attended with enthusiastic viewers and an opportunity to meet and ask the filmmakers questions. The festival has a laid-back, friendly feeling. Highly recommended.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Michael! "The Carnival Kid" was a smash hit with our audiences, and it was lovely to have you present at both its screenings. Thanks again for sharing it!

  • The spirit and ethos of this festival are great. I wasn't able to attend the original festival but communications are great, permission was always taught for subsequent screenings and I was able to attend a later Sans Souci event in the UK where my film was shown. These are good people to be involved with.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your review, Stephen! (Sorry for my delay, still working on figuring out this feature of FF!) I so appreciate your kind words, and your generosity in sharing your work with us.

  • I wasn't able to attend, but the communication was wonderful.So great to have a festival devoted to Dance Cinema! I thought the curation and public outreach was wonderful. Would definitely apply again.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your review, Nancy! We were thrilled to be able to screen your work. Hope to be able to do so again in the future!