Bucharest International Dance Film Festival is a platform for exquisite films that use movement as their main language or the body as their main subject. Faced with the camera lenses, the body becomes the main focus of cutting-edge arthouse films with a sometimes transparent, sometimes coded meaning, but always challenging the viewer to a playful exchange of information about social life, politics, extreme emotions, interesting places and oddly beautiful aesthetics.

BIDFF encourages syncretism and dialogue between movement and diverse forms of cinema, from the more traditional ones to experimental or virtual reality works. Besides film screenings, BIDFF organizes panels, exhibitions, public presentations and production labs. The festival takes place each year in September, in multiple locations from Bucharest, Romania.

Through the theme of "Potential Worlds," the seventh edition of BIDFF (September 1-5, 2021) invites artists and audiences alike to imagine the future of art as a dynamic ecosystem that incorporates new elements and mutations. Starting this year, BIDFF widens its programming by presenting futuristic hybrid works. We are looking for daring cinematic works in which the body relates to technology, ecology, and new socio-political discourses. BIDFF also addresses recent video-art formats and animations that question the relation between solid artistic content and the fast process of digitization. The curatorial approach goes towards trying to decipher, transform and shape these ideas.

BIDFF awards excellence, novelty and courage in filmmaking with a prize pool of 1500 euros.

→ Best International Film
→ Best Romanian Film
→ Audience Award

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival invites filmmakers, choreographers and animators to submit their short films for the seventh edition of the festival, which will take place from September 1 to September 5 in Bucharest, Romania.

The competition is dedicated to short films only and is divided into International and Romanian. The board will take into consideration fiction, documentary and animation films that either use movement to explore an idea or speak about issues related to the body and the world of dance and performance. We also highly encourage you to apply if you have a short film that explores the future of art, questioning issues related to the ethics of collaboration, communication, and co-existence.

We are looking for:
→ films of a maximum of 20 minutes, produced in the last two years;
→ films in the genres of dance film, screendance, dance for camera, musical, animation, fiction or documentary about the body or the world of dance, experimental shorts conceptually oriented around the idea of movement;
→ films with a minimum quality of Full HD (1920 x 1080).
→ each director can submit a maximum of two films.

We are NOT looking for:
→ music videos, trailers or recordings of performances, films already submitted in the previous years to BIDFF, one-minute films, commercials, home-made videos;

We offer:
→ money awards for Best International Film and Best Romanian Film;
→ free entry to all the events of the festival, excluding workshops that require a previous application.

→ Regular: June 25
→ Late: July 16

All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their submission by August 1.

Overall Rating
  • Great opportunity, very supportive and helpful organizers. Thank you

    September 2021
  • Ivan Skorik

    Really great selection and perfect presentation of works.. Excellent crew and communication. Thank you!

    December 2016