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We are a nonprofit organization that uses its platform to support dance filmmakers, cultivate creativity, promote dance arts, and showcase diversity in the making and screening of dance films. SDI strongly believes in using our digital platform and medium to connect cultures, encourage conversations, and provide inspiration to all. SDI supports a wide range of movement forms including street dance, contemporary dance, ballet, dance theatre, jazz, tap, animation, experimental and other forms of movement of interest to the filmmaker.

SDI connects filmmakers with audiences around the globe through its adjudicated screenings of dance films. As a nonprofit organization connected to an international community, we take a strong stand in condemning systemic racism of all forms, and support all of our BIPOC colleagues, artists, filmmakers, and dancers. SDI is open to suggestions and feedback on programming, adjudication and more in an effort to maintain transparency, honesty, and connection with the audiences and creators it serves.

Cash Awards to be Announced
Audience Choice—based on audience surveys

All benefits to selected filmmakers:
Eligible to receive a cash award.
Eligible to receive an Audience Choice award.
Film and artist will be featured on SDI website and social media platforms.
SDI will provide a “ Screen Dance International Official Selection” Laurel.
SDI will provide a "Best in (category)" Laurel for Cash Award winner.
SDI will provide an "Audience Choice Award" Laurel for winner of this award.
Receive a free pass to festival.
Your film will be archived in SDI’s digital library and promoted on additional platforms with filmmaker's approval.

Applicants in all categories must have authorization from the copyright owners for any copyrighted materials used in the dance film, including but not limited to music. Screen Dance International/JMcProductions will not be held responsible for the unauthorized use of any copyrighted material and in submitting a dance film the Applicant agrees to hold SDI/JMcPro harmless for, and against any and all, third party claims. In submitting a dance film, the Applicant agrees that Applicant has received permission to use copyrighted material, and will not hold Screen Dance International/ JMcProductions liable for any fees or expenses incurred from the use of unauthorized, copyrighted material.

(The above cover photo is a still from SDI's 2021 Audience Choice Award in the category of From Stage to Film, titled "The Air Before Me," directed by Shaun Clarke, choreographed by Helen Pickett and danced by John Lam.)

Overall Rating
  • Richard James Allen

    Karen Pearlman and I were delighted to be part of this superbly curated dance film festival with our latest work 'Impossible Image'. Even though we couldn't make it over from Australia, we felt the vibrance of the festival through its exemplary social media presence. Congrats and best wishes to all!

    October 2023
  • Peter Sparling

    Absolutely lovely this year! Good balance and mix of scales, from intimate portraits to big drone panoramas. We need this in SE Michigan!

    October 2023
  • Barbara Selinger

    I highly recommend SDI to all film makers! It was a privilege to work with a highly professional staff who were sensitive to all our needs. Many thanks!

    November 2022
  • I had a great experience with Screen Dance International. They worked really hard to have a social media presence, and curated films together that represented a variety of perspectives. I wish that housing help might have been possible to facilitate attending, but aside from that, I thought the communication was great, and I had a lovely time at the event itself.

    September 2022
  • Rosely Conz

    I could not attend in person, but the marketing and communication were impeccable!

    September 2021