The Outlet Dance Project is an annual festival of artists sharing their vision through site-specific dance and film at Grounds For Sculpture – an internationally renowned contemporary sculpture park. In its 18th year, the festival champions the work of women and people of marginalized genders. It is one of the largest, most popular, and well-attended dance festivals in New Jersey. 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. For 2022, we are particularly interested in screen-dance exploring environment, climate change (and all that entails), earth, clay, mud, soil, ceramics, etc. We are interested in how site-specific films can be connected through those themes with two exhibits at Grounds For Sculpture: Fragile: Earth by The Color Network, which frames artists’ reflections on social, environmental, and individual perceptions of fragility through the unique materiality of clay and ceramics and The Village Potter by Roberto Lugo.

The festival is open to filmmakers and choreographers everywhere who identify as women or a marginalized gender. We strongly encourage the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Disabled community to apply.

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 one film proposal per application fee. You are welcome to submit more than one application.

Whether or not your film is selected, you are entitled to a complimentary ticket for the film festival evening event as part of your application fee.

With your submission, please provide:
1. Contact info
2. Artist bios, including pronouns and role/position in the film
3. Film synopsis
4. How did you hear about us?
5. How do you see your work fitting into the festival?
6. Are you able to attend the event in person (October 20th or 21st). If so, do you have any accessibility needs. Not being able to attend will not affect your selection.

Only completed films will be considered, please NO 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.

Entry fee is non-refundable.

If the entry fee is a true hardship and you need to request a fee reduction or waiver, please contact us for consideration.

Selected films may also be screened on a loop at the museum the weekend following the screening event.

Overall Rating
  • Leila Awadallah

    These curators ~ caretakers of artistic interweavings ~ are gorgeous. Everything was done thoughtfully and with great communication. I feel so inspired by the work they are doing and the ways they are doing it. What a great experience!

    November 2022
  • 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