InShadow - Lisbon Screendance Festival

Open Call 2022

InShadow promotes the encounter of languages used within video/cinema and dance/performance, suggesting a reflection to a cine-choreographic way of thinking, where relations between experimental tendencies and the use of technologies can be explored.

InShadow seeks, within the world of imagination, the dialogue between different cultures.

It purposes an assimilation of experiences, methods and knowledge, increasing dual relations as thought/action and creativity/innovation.

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.

Official Jury _ composed of three individual talents, of local or international renown, in the areas of film, dance/performance, and criticism/research. They are to decide on the following awards:
# Best Screendance | 300€ | Delta
# Best Choreography | 200€
# Best Cinematography | 200€

Documentary Jury _ made up of three national and international professionals in the areas of dance / performance, cinema, and criticism / research. Will award the following prizes:
# Best Documentary | 200€ | Luna Andermatt Award

School Jury _ made up of five students from schools of arts and humanities: dance / performance, video / cinema, and letters / communication / education. They will award the following prizes :
# Best National Film | 2.000€ (1) | Território Award | Estúdios Victor Córdon
# Revelation Award | Free submission for the 2022 edition

Audience Jury _ the audience present at the Screendance Competition Sessions chooses their favorite work:
# Best Screendance | 2 nights at the festival in 2022

Animation Jury _ made up of children and youngest present at the Animation Competition Session and promoted by the festival team. Will award the following prize:
# Best Animation Film | Free submission for the 2022 edition

Arising Jury _ made up of three professionals from different areas of the arts and communication, as well as cultural structures. Will award the following prizes:
# Best Rising National Director | 2500€ (2) | Award ETIC - Escola de Tecnologias, Inovação e Criação
# Best Rising International Director | Artistic Residence (3) | Award AAC- Soudos – Espaço Rural de Artes

Invisible Shadows Jury _ made up of an intercontinental jury with five representatives from each continent. Will award the following prizes:
# Best Film Produced in the Pandemic | Artistic Residence (3) | Award AAC- Soudos – Espaço Rural de Artes

(1) Order value for a screendance to have its debut in the Território IV at Teatro Camões in September 2022.
(2) Scholarship value sponsored by ETIC to be defined within the available curriculum parameters.
(3) Artistic Residency in Soudos – Espaço Rural de Artes in partnership with Voarte with logistical support to be agreed with the winner, lasting 3 to 4 days.

Other notes:
> The decision of the various juries, composed of their jurors, is sovereign, with no appeal.
> The prizes awarded will be communicated to the artists present at the closing ceremony of InShadow and later by email with the sending of the respective laurels and certificate.
> Juries may not award prizes, as they may award honourable mentions.
> The juries will be able to attribute the same prize to more than one work (ex-aequo), and if the prize is a monetary value, it will be distributed equally among the winners.
> If the winning film is co-directed, the prize value will not change with the distribution being in the care of the winner

The 13th edition of InShadow – Lisbon ScreenDance Festival will take place between 14 November and 14 December 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Dates subject to change due to contingency measures). Submissions can be made for the Screendance, Dance Documentary and Dance Animation categories.

International Competition Screendance/Film

Screendance _ films will be selected according to the balance between creativity, experimentation, theme, narrative, image quality, sound and editing. The work must show as its primary concern the combination of the body choreography with the camera and sound. Each competition session will last approximately 80-90 minutes, so the length of the videos will also be a strong element to take into account.
Maximum reference duration: 20 minutes.

Dance Documentary _ films of creative processes, highlighting this genre as worthy of artistic consideration and diffusion by the general public. Creation courses, artistic experiences and other explorations and documentary reflections on the themes and relationships between body, dance, performance and technology. Full recordings of stage choreographies will not be included. Therefore, the cinematic valence will be greatly taken into account.
Maximum reference duration: 90 minutes.

Dance Animation _ films should address an audience of children and young adolescents (5-15 years). Information regarding the age classification for the film should be given during submission, and the festival may choose not to select the film due to age restrictions. The selection will be made according to theme, narrative, animation quality and technique, sound and editing. Relevance is given to films that seek dance or body movement (it can be objects) with technology, in conjunction with the proposed technique.
Maximum reference duration: 15 minutes.


Overall Rating
  • It was a great experience to participate in this film festival. The directory and all involved did a great job to keep us well informed.

    April 2021
  • Claire Marshall

    Congratulations on another great festival. Such brilliant communication. Thanks for including on of my films. Such an honour.

    February 2021
  • Anouk Froidevaux

    It was such a pleasure to be part of InShadow festival 2020! I admire the generosity and resilience of the festival in how they handled the challenging circumstances, due to the pandemic. It gives hope for dance artists and how dance can continue finding ways to adapt and innovate for its audiences.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Anouk, it was a pleasure to have you at the festival.
    Even with the restricted measures, together we managed to be with many directors and crews who had the chance to be in Lisbon during InShadow.
    We hope to see more of your work soon!

  • Zeynep Akcay

    A very professional organisation with a great lineup of films - my only regret was not being able to join the festival in Lisbon this year!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your sharing. We do hope to be able to gather with everyone really soon.
    Ana Rita Barata & Pedro Sena Nunes
    Artistic Directors

  • Kateryna Tiurina

    InShadow thank you for this festival! you gifted fantastic emotions and thank you for good organisation! Big hugs from Kyiv.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your sharing. We are happy that you enjoyed InShadow.
    Ana Rita Barata & Pedro Sena Nunes
    Artistic Directors