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, CO, 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.

The integration 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.

THIS IS OUR 15th ANNIVERSARY SEASON! Sans Souci will sponsor screenings at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s ATLAS Blackbox Theatre September 14-15, and also exhibit accepted works at the Boedecker Theater at Dairy Arts Center and other venues later in the fall.

A special note to students:
Sans Souci loves you, dance and film students! Since its inception, Sans Souci has proudly shown the work of student artists as they make their first forays into the world of dance cinema and continue to develop their portfolios. In 2016, we began an Emerging Artists program to present the work of students and first-time filmmakers-- and we were overwhelmed with the number of responses! Stay tuned for more details, and remember to check the "Student Film" box when you upload and submit. We look forward to hearing from you!

In 2016 we began an Audience Choice Award program, voted on by our audiences in Boulder County, Colorado, USA.


Stopgap in Stop Motion (2016, United Kingdom)
Director: Stephen Featherstone

Separate Sentences (2016, United States)
Directors: Amie Dowling, Austin Forbord

Moving Dallas (2016, United Kingdom)
Director: Jevan Chowdhury


COLD STORAGE (2016, Finland)
Director: Thomas Freundlich

Chimera (2016, France)
Director: Steven Briand

JONAH (2016, United States)
Director: Andrew Michael Ellis

Wake (2016, Canada)
Director: Katherine Macnaughton

Juliet, Juliet & Juliet (2017, Sweden)
Director: Giovanni Bucchieri

In Memorium (2017, France)
Director: Pierre Nogueras, Julie Magneville

This year we will primarily be screening dance shorts of 16 minutes or less. While the length limit is 40 minutes, the films we do screen at that length tend to be dance documentaries. We are most 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 one to three images to: They should have the same pixel dimensions and aspect ratio as your film's frame and clearly convey movement or dancing in the image.

Once your film has been accepted into the festival, we may reach out to you in the future to ask if you'd like 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.

Overall Rating
  • 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!

  • Mimi Garrard

    I was not able to attend, but I was very happy to be a part of this festival.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much! We're so happy to be sharing your work. :)