Bucharest International Dance Film Festival is a platform for exquisite films that use movement as their primary language or the body as their main subject. Faced with the camera lenses, the body becomes the primary focus of cutting-edge arthouse films that challenge the audience to a lively exchange of stances on challenging politics, extreme emotions, concealed interpretations, and oddly beautiful aesthetics.

BIDFF encourages syncretism and dialogue between movement and diverse forms of cinema, from the more traditional ones to experimental or futuristic hybrid works. Besides film screenings, BIDFF organizes a VR showcase, lectures, public presentations, and intensive short film workshops. Each year in September, the festival takes place in multiple locations from Bucharest, Romania.

Through the ‘(un)safe zones’ theme, the eighth edition of BIDFF (September 8-11, 2022) invites artists and audiences alike to witness art redefining its shapes in a world in crisis. The artistic formats undergo mandatory mutations: the film leaves the cinema, the dance leaves the stage, the stage becomes a space open to debates, and the reality is taken for imaginative artistic manifestations. BIDFF #8 questions the future’s safety in the face of current events and wonders what forms of art we are heading towards. What molds will movies accede to? What topics will gain relevance as we are forced to be more aware of national, bodily, and inner boundaries?

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 that examine the relationship between the firm artistic content and the fast process of digitization. The curatorial approach attempts 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 (1000 Euros)
→ Best Romanian Film (500 Euros)
→ Special Mentions

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival invites filmmakers, choreographers and animators to submit their short films for the eighth edition of the festival, which will take place from September 8 to September 11, 2022, in Bucharest, Romania.

The competitional section 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 that don’t exceed 20 minutes in length, 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, or home-made videos.

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

→ Regular: June 24
→ Late: July 15

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