InShadow - Lisbon Screendance Festival

InShadow is a reference in the field of contemporary artistic creation and curatorship, placing an emphasis on the convergence of body and image.

Our yearly program includes international competitions of screendance, dance-related documentary films and animations, in addition to performances, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions and installations.

Submission fees go towards allowing the festival to subsist and as a means to support featured filmmakers to join us every year.

10 different awards, decided by four separate panels:


Best Screendance
official jury, 300€
[by Conserveira de Lisboa]

Best International Screendance (3 awards)
audience jury; school jury; vo'arte jury
[by Espaço Rural das Artes, Soudos]

Best Choreography
official jury

Best Interpretation
official jury

Best Portuguese Screendance
vo'arte jury
[by Adega Mayor]

Best Portuguese Director
school jury, 2500€
[in ETIC scholarship]


Best Animation
children jury


Best Documentary Film
official jury, 200€
[by Conserveira de Lisboa]

SCREENDANCES that fail to qualify for the main competition may still find a spot - should the director accept - in one of our video-installations.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS should tackle the subject of dance/performance.

ANIMATIONS must be suitable for school-age children and should ideally focus on the subjects of dance, movement, inclusion or technology.


Overall Rating
  • Sam Asaert

    An absolute gem of a festival.
    Presenting a wide variety of interesting films, providing ample opportunity for the film-makers to meet and network, and its location in the heart of Lisbon provides some excellent culinary delight! Also, the organisers are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet!!! I would love to attend this festival again in the future...

    March 2019
  • Roswitha Chesher

    InShadow is a fabulous dance film festival. Decided to treat myself and go for the whole festival and am so glad I did. The whole team and the directors are warm and welcoming with excellent communication! I had a wonderful time, being inspired by a fabulous selection of films, meeting lots of other film makers, and having relaxed and informative discussions (arranged by the festival directors, Ana-Rita and Pedro) about various topics around ‘screen-dance’. A really enriching experiencing and have fingers crossed I get to go again very soon!

    February 2019
  • Tomer Zirkilevich

    The festival was amazing from the communication before it started till now! Anna- Rita and Pedro, the directors of the festival created a wonderful program including, screenings, exhibitions, performances and meet ups for the artists that took part; All in a warm and professional attitude! The team of the festival made everything work perfectly and where very attentive. Thanks to all this, it open great artistic networking!

    January 2019
  • Sarah Emery

    We were thrilled to be apart of the InShadow festival. Communication was great from beginning to end. I was not able to attend but am sure it was a wonderful week of great artistry and networking. Thank you InShadow team!

    January 2019
  • clotilde Rullaud

    I'm grateful to have had my film selected in that beautiful festival. Communication was effortless. And they really did their best to create a family atmosphere and have all the attendees interact. I particularly appreciated that films were screened in theaters of course but also in galleries and that they were intertwined with live performances. I warmly recommend to go with your movie and to spend the maximum of days there to have the chance to appreciate the festival in its entirety. Very special to me!

    December 2018