The Outlet Dance Project is an annual festival of artists who identify or have identified as women, sharing their vision through film and site-specific dance. It is one of the largest, most popular, and well-attended dance festivals in New Jersey. In partnership with Grounds For Sculpture – an internationally renowned contemporary sculpture park – the festival celebrates the intersections of visual and moving arts, exploring relationships between sculpture and dance, between place and movement. 

We seek short dance-films that not only show excellence in this genre, but also have connections to site-specificity, architecture, and/or sculpture as well. The festival is open to filmmakers and choreographers everywhere who identify or have identified as women.

Proposed films should not exceed 15 minutes in length. ​If your film is selected, you must provide a downloadable high-resolution file (1080p) for the final line up upon selection.

You may submit up to two film proposals per application fee. If you are submitting two films with your application, please include a link to the second film within the body of your application (if you have trouble submitting your 2nd film, please email us the link to your 2nd film).

Whether or not your film is selected, you will be entitled to a complementary ticket for the Thursday evening event as part of your application fee.

​With your submission, in addition to contact info, artist bios, preferred pronouns, and film synopses, please respond to the following questions:

How did you hear about us? How do you see your work fitting into the festival? If accepted, how do you plan to help promote The Outlet Dance Project? Please also mention if you are able to attend the event and if you have any accessibility needs. Not being able to attend will not affect your selection.

Priority consideration will be given to completed films (vs. works in progress). Entrant must be the sole person responsible to make the decision to enter this film and guarantee that such exhibition will not violate any rights (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. Entrant confirms required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

All rights and permissions for any materials contained within the said entry have been granted and filmmaker holds harmless The Outlet Dance Project Festival from any or all disputes or claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival!! it was amazing to be a part of it <3

    October 2019
  • The warmest, most supportive exchange with Outlet Dance Project. Communication was excellent. Sadly, we couldn't attend - sincerely wish we could have as programming was stellar!
    It was an honor to be included in an event that celebrates everything that I am passionate about.

    October 2019
  • Robin Bisio

    This is a truly epic festival that I was so privileged to be a part of! Amazing curators who are pushing the field forward with beauty and kindness and attention to detail. Highest regards to all and I highly recommend all dance filmmakers apply and become a part of this organization that already feels like family!

    October 2017
  • Jessi Erian Colon

    Phenomenal experience. The space was beautiful, the organizers and audience were so kind, warm and inviting. The quality of the films blew my mind. Cannot recommend highly enough.

    November 2016
  • Kailee McMurran

    The Outlet Dance Project was wonderful! Constant communication and support with photos of the event even though we couldn't make it!

    November 2016