The Third Coast Dance Film Festival celebrates the intersection of contemporary dance and the moving image with a screening series of short dance films. We seek work that reflect diversity in genre, form, and representation. The Third Coast Dance Film Festival is especially interested in low budget/high impact and female (trans, non binary, gender-fluid inclusive) driven work.

The 2025 festival will premiere Reno, NV. A touring program of select films will follow.

Best of Festival
Spirit of the Festival

-If the entry fee is cost prohibitive, please contact the festival organizer. A limited amount of fee waivers are available for artists experiencing financial barriers.

-By submitting to the festival, you are agreeing to work with the festival organizers to provide the film in its highest quality digital format.

-By submitting to the festival, you are agreeing that you have secured all the copyright rights, including music and sound, for public screening of this work.

-Upon acceptance, you will be required to provide a high quality downloadable digital file of your film AND 2-3 high res JPEGS

-All proceeds from submissions fees go towards festival production costs, and in turn we do not pay screening fees. Entry fees are non-refundable

-The Third Coast Dance Film Festival tours after its annual premiere and select films are chosen to be re-screened in touring programs. This may include encore screenings in future festival programs.

-Please email with any questions.

Overall Rating
  • Angelique Kalani Axelrode

    Great experience all around. Would encourage anyone with a dance film to apply to Third Coast!

    February 2023
  • Wonderful experience! Was so happy to be involved. Thank you.

    March 2021
  • TuixĂ©n Benet

    Even though the festival was online because of pandemic reasons, the communication and care I felt by Third Coast Dance Film Festival was great. Very glad to having been a part of it!

    March 2021
  • Marta Renzi

    I was glad that my work was included in Third Coast, and enjoyed being in the line-up with other interesting work, which was not the usual suspects. Rosie and the Christian, the museum programs director, invited me to join in a conversation after, which enhanced greatly my experience of the online "networking" and "hospitality" necessitated by the pandemic.

    February 2021