Screen Dance International is excited to celebrate its fifth, annual festival! 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.

Screen Dance International will partner for the 5th year in a row with Detroit Dance City Festival and ArtLab J, at both the Detroit Institute of Arts and online. 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.

In 2022 we will once again support dance filmmakers with cash awards!

$500. Best International Dance Film Short under 10 minutes
$250. Best Dance Documentary under 60 minutes
$250. Best From Stage to Film under 15 minutes
$250. Best Project Michigan Dance Film Short under 10 minutes

SDI will also award the following Honorable Mention for all categories:
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.
SDI will provide a “ Screen Dance International Official Selection” Laurel.
SDI will provide a "Best in (category)" Laurel for Cash Award winners.
SDI will provide an "Audience Choice Award" Laurel for each film category.
Receive a free pass to the SDI 2022 Festival.
Your film will be archived in SDI’s digital library and promoted on additional platforms.

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
  • Rosely Conz

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

    September 2021
  • Ñaña M

    Great festival, will definately apply again

    September 2021
  • A good festival. The communication and organization was awsome.

    September 2021
  • Shaun Clarke

    An incredibly well-run festival. The communication and organization are superb through out the adjudication process. And the on-going support for the selected artists/filmmakers is invaluable. I hope to participate in this festival for many years to come!

    September 2021
  • Really enjoyed being apart of Screen Dance International. Very well done.

    September 2021