Call for: recently created (2020 – later) international, national, and local dance films between 3 – 30 minutes in length

Screening location: Hamburg

Eligible for: International competition with monetary prize

TANZAHOi International Festival is looking for international/national dance films for our 2023 program. There is no thematic limitation. Dance films in all creation categories are welcome to apply.

We wish to see your creativity, artistic research, and inspiration that binds the world of dance and the world of film into one. We are looking forward to learning more about your artistic work!

* There is an application fee of €15 (fifteen euros) to submit on FilmFreeway. The fee is to cover the costs of application handling and processing. There are no fees for applications submitted directly on

To apply with your dance film on, go to Make a new account or log in to an existing account. After logging in, you will be directed to your profile page where you will see application and registration options. Select Dance Film, read through the terms and conditions, and click continue. Fill out the form in its entirety, and click submit. All applications must be completed in English or German.

* All selected films are eligible for the award competition (monetary prize)

* Selected films will be screened in Hamburg and online via

* Selected artists will be featured on and on all TANZAHOi social media platforms for the extent of the festival.


* The dance film must be a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes.

* The call is open to all national and international filmmakers, dance companies and collectives. Applicants may submit only two dance films.

* The dance film must be a recent work, filmed in 2020 or later.

* Please submit applications in English or German.

* The applicant must have full rights to the film and film music, and must have legal permission to share the film material. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that full copyright and permissions have been acquired in advance of submission. The festival will not be accountable for any additional presentation costs. Please pay particular attention to ensure that music used has been cleared for copyright, music presentation tariffs are not required, and the music is permitted to be used in all countries. If the claimed permissions are found to be falsified, TANZAHOi reserves the right to terminate any contract or agreement associated with the work and the applicant.

* The dance film must be able to be shared as a file in a minimum resolution of Full HD 1920 x 1080 max. 80GB(preferably via WeTransfer). The selected films are required to send the Full HD 1920 x 1080 file within 2 weeks of the notification of selection.

* The selected artists must be able to participate in a live or virtual artists’ discussion after the screening of their film on one of the three festival days (Nov. 2 - 4, 2023)

* By submitting an application for the 2023 Open Call, the applicant agrees, if selected, to the screening of the film in the TANZAHOi main program and any touring programs. The applicant also agrees to the sharing of film excerpts, still photographs, trailer, and film participant’s (cast and crew) given information on and the TANZAHOi Festival’s social media platforms.

* The applicant agrees to send the screening agreement received upon selection, back to the TANZAHOi team with a full signature and date within 2 weeks of the selection notification.

* Films that were already ‘not selected’ in former editions of the festival are excluded from this submission call.

* Application deadline is February 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm UTC+2. All applications sent after the deadline cannot be considered.


* Short project description max. 300 words

* Link to view the full film

* Minimum 2 still photographs from the film (preferred 1920×1080 landscape, max. 2MB)

* Biography of the director(s)/choreographer(s) (max. 200 words)

* Headshot of the director(s) and/or choreographer(s) (preferred 400×600 portrait, max. 2MB)

* Film credits (including photography credits)

* Contact information of applicant

* In case of spoken language in the film, the film must have English or German subtitles. We highly recommend the addition of the subtitles as a PDF file if it is necessary for a better understanding of the work.

Overall Rating
  • Rachael Servello

    Lovely festival with lovely people. Other artists were very talented and it was nice to see their work.

    September 2022
  • Hadi Moussally

    Amazing Festival with great selection and communication. I was very happy to be part of it and be there to meet the fellow artists and discover beautiful talents. Thanks for the festival team for all of that.

    September 2022
  • Nihad Isa

    Amazing experience! Thanks for all.

    September 2022

    Great festival in Hamburg! A lot of work and love put into the organization of the festival

    September 2022
  • Paul Shepherd

    What a great festival! I was sad we didn’t win an award, but it makes sense because there were so many good films.

    Great programming, positive and inclusive team, great vibe. They gave us a free room at a hotel for the whole weekend. Takes place in a great old cinema. Hope we get invited again.

    September 2022