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 February at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah. During this weekend, we also offer dance and film workshop programming from local and international dance and film artists. Our awards showcase features the winning films, as well as live performances by Utah dance artists like Junction Dance Company, Salt Contemporary Dance and BYU's Contemporary Dance Theater. The annual festival is sponsored in part by the Utah Film Commission.
UDFF also hosts a yearly 24 hour film competition, called MOVE. Participants need not use dance, only showcase the limitless potential of human movement. MOVE is held each September in downtown Provo, Utah, and the winning films are entered into the international film festival.
Our summer series, ACTION! Dance for Film Workshops, is a weekend of classes and filming experiences that takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each year, ACTION! participants get to star in a dance film, and the weekend culminates with a live installation-style multimedia performance called THE SHOW. Guests have included Chelsie Hightower, Tony Bellissimo, David Moore, Dana Wilson, Ivan Koumanev and Marty Kudelka.
We award films in our festival in the following categories:
Choreography for a Lens