The 51st Annual Dance on Camera Festival (February 10 – 13, 2023), presented by Dance Films Association and the Film at Lincoln Center, opens its call for submissions for dance films of all genres and lengths beginning on July 27, 2022.

Dance on Camera remains the longest-running dance film festival in the world, providing a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression, and intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works. Each year in New York City, the festival presents feature-length documentary and narrative films, inventive short films, filmmaker panels and special events, cutting edge media and art installations, as well as engaging community and student programs. Inaugurated in 1971, Dance Films Association and the Film at Lincoln Center have co-presented the festival since 1996, hosting screenings and special events at the state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the cutting-edge Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

Dance on Camera Festival serves the interests and needs of filmmakers, choreographers, and dancers by:

• Connecting artists with knowledgeable audiences through workshops, panel discussions, Q&As, and special programming throughout the four-day Festival

• Inviting press to the Festival, increasing media opportunities for filmmakers

• Hosting receptions and after parties where artists can connect with industry leaders

• Offering Festival filmmakers free admission to screenings, when possible, to enjoy the range of films and programming at Dance on Camera Festival

• Providing additional opportunities to screen filmmakers’ work through programs that have brought Festival films to venues across the United States and numerous countries represented in our lineups such as: Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, England, France, Hungary, Iceland, India, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey

Dance on Camera Festival welcomes submissions from filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines within the dance film genre, including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental. Dance on Camera encourages national and international submissions of films, which uniquely interpret the relationship between dance and film.

Submissions Deadlines and Important Dates:

Summer 2021: Early Bird Submissions open July 27, 2022 (July 27, 2022 - 12AM ET) - August 19, 2022
Regular Submissions: August 20, 2022 - September 9, 2022
Late Submissions: open September 10, 2022. Late deadline is September 30, 2022.

• Members of Dance Films Association receive discounted entry fees. Learn more about Dance Films Association membership benefits and sign up here:

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to or by calling: +1-347-505-8649.
• Current Dance Films Association Members are eligible to submit their films at the Early Bird discount rate throughout the submission period. To obtain a member discount code email with the length of film(s) you plan to submit (and during what period beyond Early Bird -- Regular or Late).


Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA), a New York-based not-for-profit since 1956, is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA is a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. Alongside the Dance on Camera Festival, DFA offers year-round programming such as special screenings through Dance Films Presents and educational workshops through Dance Film Lab. Dance Films Association also provides opportunities for its members to apply for production support through fiscal sponsorship at the organizational level and via its production grant program at the individual membership level.

Dance Films Association receives generous year-round support from our members, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The Office of the Mayor Eric Adams, and Commissioner Keechant Sewell, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathleen Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Brown-Forman, Gibney Dance Center, and Materials for the Arts. For more information, visit and follow @dancefilms on Twitter.


Film at Lincoln Film at Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.

Film at Lincoln Center receives generous, year-round support from The New York Times, Shutterstock, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

Filmmaker must be authorized to submit this film to Dance on Camera Festival for consideration and must have read, understood, and agreed to all entry requirements. Entrant must be the sole person responsible to make the decision to enter this media material and guarantee that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

All rights and permissions for any materials contained within the said entry have been granted and filmmaker holds harmless Dance on Camera Festival from any or all disputes or claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

Early Bird Submissions: July 27 - August 19, 2022
• $50 for all categories and lengths.
Regular submission Period: August 20 - September 9, 2022

• $60 for Shorts: Narrative, Documentary, Animated and Experimental Shorts, Music Videos
• $75 for Features: Narrative and Documentary Features (over 40 minutes)
Late Submission Period: September 10- 30, 2022

• $75 for Shorts: Narrative, Documentary, Animated & Experimental Short, Music Videos
• $100 for Features: Narrative and Documentary Features (over 40 minutes)
[DFA Members may submit at the $50 level - short or feature - throughout the submission period. Contact for code and to verify membership.]

Dance on Camera Festival cannot waive submission fees.

The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to DANCE FILMS ASSOCIATION. Entries must be posted online and available for review (POSTMARKED) by the deadline.

When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival (February 10-13, 2023). Dance on Camera Festival will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to Dance on Camera Festival.

Dance on Camera Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. There is no limit to the number of entries. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please clearly note works-in-progress in your submission materials.

By submitting, the entrant acknowledges that the filmmaker has NOT submitted/planned for this film to be publicly screened/presented in the New York City region three months prior to Dance on Camera Festival, February 10-13, 2023 (between November 9, 2022 - February 9, 2023). Please contact with any questions regarding the Festival presentation window.

If selected, Dance on Camera Festival will require certain press materials to include high-resolution production stills, trailers, key art, director bio, and other production and crew notes.

Submission of an entry gives Dance on Camera Festival and its presenters permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, and publicity shots shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

The following exhibition formats are eligible for Festival screening: DCP, 35MM, and ProRes 422. Dance on Camera Festival requires a BluRay back-up for feature length films. The Festival will accept ProRes 422 digital files with stereo sound for short films. Dance on Camera Festival can arrange for discounted duplication and re-formatting at a post-house for accepted films.

If accepted to the Dance on Camera Festival, this film will also be considered for Dance Films Association's Dance on Camera Tour from August 2023 through January 2024.  If the film is selected to be part of the Tour, the filmmaker will be contacted by the Festival and/or its presenters and will be provided this option for their film. Films selected for the Dance on Camera Touring Program are not guaranteed screenings.

Photo credit: Detail from UPROOTED - THE JOURNEY OF JAZZ DANCE, voted BEST OF FEST FEATURE by the audiences of the 2020 Dance on Camera Festival with KAJA IRWIN, SABRINA COMANESCU, NATASHA KORNEY of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) in Calgary – Vibecke Dahle

Overall Rating
  • Agustina Videla

    An amazing organization and communication. Great program!
    Sadly this year was not posible to meet everyone in person but we still enjoy it very much! Very proud to be part of Dance on Camera 2020!

    July 2020
  • Claire Marshall

    Congratulations on continuing the legacy of this prestigious dance film festival with the online platform during COVID-19. It was wonderful to be able to view so many films from Australia at a time when overseas travel is not an option and when globally, we are all missing seeing art/ dance/ film.

    Congratulations on programming such a diverse programme of dance films including insightful documentaries preserving some important stories and history I adored the "from the Vault" programme too. It's so amazing to see how ideas and technologies evolve but how a good story is always timeless.

    Thanks for being so organised and genuinely wonderful to deal with. We loved being a part of this prestigious festival.
    xx Claire and the team of Shift

    July 2020
  • Dance on Camera was our films festival world premiere and although they had to switch to virtual/digital due to COVID 19 - they did an amazing job. Lovely team, so supportive and great communication. We had a wonderful first screening!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lisa! We were so pleased to screen your film, Uprooted - The Journey of Jazz Dance, directed by Khadifa Wong.  We loved it as did our audiences! Congratulations for winning  the Audience Choice BEST OF FEST FEATURE category.

  • Janique L Robillard

    Sincere pleasure to premiere FROM THERE TO HERE dance documentary at Dance on Camera Festival. Lincoln Center made for a stunning venue, the communication with festival organizers was solid and received quick replies for all questions, and I enjoyed everything I had the opportunity to see. Thank you for supporting our film! Hopefully we have a new one for you in the next couple years ;)

    October 2019
  • Magali An Berthon

    It was a pleasure and honor to attend and present my film at Dance on Camera Festival. The organizing team is really welcoming and precise in its communication. Beautiful venue as well at the Lincoln Center.

    July 2019