The Utah Dance Film Festival is a 501(c)(3), an international dance film festival, an arts education organization and a catalyst for movers and filmmakers to connect, collaborate and create.
We host an annual international film festival - submissions are open from September to December - and we screen accepted films in early summer at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah. UDFF offers dance and film workshop programs from local and international dance and film artists. The Awards Showcase screens winning films, and features live performances by Utah dance artists like Junction Dance Company, BYU's International Folk Dance Ensemble, Ballet West Academy students, BYU's Contemporary Dance Theater, Viva El Folklore International, Kaladharaa Dance School, Weber State Dance Department, and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl de Utah. The annual festival is sponsored in part by the Utah Film Commission.

UDFF also hosts a yearly 48 hour film competition, called MOVE. Participants need not use dance, only showcase the limitless potential of human movement. MOVE films will be screened and adjudicated as part of the main film festival at the SCERA Center for the Arts.

We award outstanding films in our festival for the following categories:

Sound Design
Lighting Design
Choreography for a Lens
Ensemble Performance
Audience Choice
Special Effects
Original Music Composition
The Humanity Award
and the Arches Award, for an outstanding film made in Utah or by a Utahn.

Artists aged 17 and under are eligible to submit in the Young Filmmaker category. Films will be adjudicated, and each award category will feature one outstanding selection by a Young Filmmaker. Projects submitted by Young Filmmakers are eligible to win award categories as well! Films should be directed, produced, choreographed, edited, scored or danced by primarily an under-18 cast and crew.

We will also continue our photography contest, and encourage artists with films in the works to submit for Screen Grabs! This is a great way to gain accolades for unfinished works.

In this category, we ask the photographer to submit both a series of images and a body of text that tells the story behind the images. Judges weight both the text and images equally.

This category encompasses digitally enhanced imagery, which can include night photography, stitched panoramas or other special effects.

This category covers photographs from competitive events, social causes or gatherings, traditions or cultures.

This category includes dance imagery featuring bridges, buildings, cityscapes, historic landmarks, interiors or industrial sites.

This category features photographs showcasing a landscape or landmark in our state.

All films submitted will be reviewed by the festival directors and official selections will be announced on January 31st, 2023.
Films 50 minutes or under, including credits, qualify as Shorts. Films over 51 minutes qualify as Features.
UDFF is a family-friendly festival, so we will be unable to accept films or refund filmmakers if your film relies on nudity, explicit language, violence or discriminatory themes.
UDFF draws audiences of all ages, so we may request that you slightly alter your submission in order to have your work screened. As an example, we have asked filmmakers to edit out explicit words from music. Requested changes will be minor, and while filmmakers are welcome to refuse, UDFF's venue has a strict policy which prohibits UDFF from showing films with nudity or abusive language.
UDFF does not offer distribution, we are a platform that showcases works of screen dance and presents awards for outstanding films.
Upon submitting your film to UDFF, you agree to allow our directors to utilize your work to promote our event, screenings and workshops.

Overall Rating
  • Beatriz Mediavilla

    What a well organise festival. In real and on line. I'm very sad I could not make it to Utah du to the pandemic in my country. But the selection was so great, inspiring and it was an honour for me to have According to movement selected in this festival. Hope to be selected there again in the future and to be able to assis on that time.

    June 2021
  • Anna Fransen

    We were very honored to be part of the program of this great film festival this year! The communication felt personal and professional in the same time. Thank you!

    June 2021
  • Camille Mỹ Giang

    Utah Dance Film Festival has been a wonderful experience for me, brand new filmmaker. I got charmed by their humanity and benevolence. The festival people was wonderful to me and the programming on point!!

    June 2021
  • This festival has been my favorite by far! Thank you all so much! Great communication!

    June 2021
  • Roxanne Gray

    The festival was so well organized, and the communication was stellar. I was able to attend several showings, and was impressed with the spread of work. I was honored to have my work included in such an inspiring weekend!

    June 2021