Screen.dance is a festival programme of events and awards in Scotland, UK, dedicated to celebrating the art and creativity of imaginative dance on screen. Screen.dance incorporates public screenings, artists’ presentations, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions, and live events. Established in 2016 Screen.dance has been delivered in partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO, Aberdeen since 2020.

Building on the success of the June 2020 and March 2021 online festival editions curated by Simon Fildes and Iliyana Nedkova, we are creating a special hybrid event to be held onsite in Aberdeen and worldwide online as part of 17th annual DanceLive Festival 14–17 October 2021 and on demand until 31 October 2021 in close collaboration with Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO, Aberdeen.

As part of DanceLive 2021, Screen.dance will present three specially curated programmes.

Firstly, a retrospective commemorating one of the Scottish pioneers of screen dance, also one of the founders of Screen.dance Festival Simon Fildes (1962-2021).

Secondly, a collective moving image homage to the contemporary dance diva Margaret Morris (1891–1980) featuring works by Scottish and international contemporary visual artists and filmmakers.

Finally, a selection of new and recent Scottish screen dance works, drawn from an open, juried call through Screen.dance FilmFreeway. Following its premiere at DanceLive 2021, this open call programme will tour as part of the 20th annual Festival Quartiers Danses, Montreal in September 2022 in line with our ongoing partnership with this leading Quebec festival.

All three programmes will be presented in three hybrid modes at DanceLive 2021, Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO, Aberdeen.

Firstly, as one-off, public livestream screenings for live audiences both onsite in Aberdeen and worldwide online, to be followed by a moderated post-screening Q&A with some of the featured artists.

Secondly, as an onsite screen-based installation exhibition in Aberdeen, free and open to all and thirdly, as livestream on demand worldwide online 18–31 October 2021.

For the curated, open call programme, a fee of £100 will be awarded per each film by Scottish artists selected for presentation as part of the 17th annual DanceLive Festival 14–31 October 2021 in close collaboration with Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO, Aberdeen.

This fee also covers the tour of this programme as part of the 20th annual Festival Quartiers Danses, Montreal in September 2022 in line with Screen.dance ongoing partnership with this leading Quebec festival.

Those Scottish artists selected to participate in the moderated post-screening Q&A as part of DanceLive 14–17 October 2021 will receive an additional £50 speaker's fee.

For the curated open call programme, Screen.dance accepts short film submissions by Scottish artists. The submitted works should be no longer than 20 minutes made in the last 7 years. This curated open call programme will be premiered as part of the 17th annual DanceLive Festival 14–17 October 2021 and on demand 18–31 October 2021 in close collaboration with Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO, Aberdeen.

All submitted works should conform to the genre of screen dance, also known as video dance or dance film – an expanding genre of artist's moving image created by combining choreographic intention and compositional form, with the language of cinema.

Screen.dance does not accept documentation of live performance or dance documentary. Music videos may be considered if the balance between dance and music is even.

By submitting your work you acknowledge you own all intellectual property rights and permissions for the work.

All works should be submitted through Screen.dance FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/ScreenDance

Incomplete applications may invalidate submissions. The judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding judging decisions.

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  • Nido Producciones

    Very good festival, high quality videodances and good communication with festival team.

    March 2021
  • Very Good Festival on Pandemic.

    June 2021
  • Gabri Christa

    One of the best curated ScreenDance Festivals I know. Truly an honor to be selected. Good communication as well.

    April 2021
  • Joel Smith

    It was an honor to be included in the festival. It ran so smoothly and everyone was so genuinely kind and helpful. cheers!!

    April 2021
  • Susan Mann

    This is an excellent example of how festivals can be more than just a long sequence of projected images. We were so pleased to present our work and even more pleased to discover that the Q & A sessions were sites for intelligent conversations about the genre. What was especially gratifying was to discover the eclectic range of selected works. Although content and style differed throughout, the quality of the works never wavered. If only other festivals would follow their lead!

    March 2021