The kNOwBOX dance Film Festival (NBFF) is an international dance film festival with multi-country live screening events followed by an international spring tour. NBFF 2019 premiered in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico and Dallas, Texas, USA screening eight international selected films.

NBFF is interested in curating dance films that explore an innovative approach to collaboration, mixed media, and interdisciplinary filmmaking. NBFF seeks dance-related films that challenge the possibilities of what dance can look like in video form. This year for NBFF 2020, we will open three categories;
+Short Series- Current Issues Dance Shorts (BLM, COVID-19, Equity, Social, Environmental, Political, other issues)
+say NO to the BOX- Dance Film General Submission
+#Dancebehindthescreen- Dance Documentaries

This year the festival hashtag is: #NBFF_2020

More information about kNOwBOX dance: @knowboxdance

*There is a plan in place for NBFF 2020 to stream online in case of unexpected events related to COVID-19.
*Unfortunately because of COVID-19 we have canceled the screening of NBFF 2019 On Tour for all locations. If you would like to see the full program for NBFF 2019 you can view on demand ($5.99USD - 48 hours):

Cover Image Courtesy of kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2019 "anverso" by Fenia Kotsopoulou & Iria Arenas 2018 © Karl-Heinz Mierke

+ #NBFF Official - all selected films
+ #NBFF AttentionGrabber - audience selected film per screening venue
+ #NBFF Visionary - selection committee voted

+ “Official NBFF” laurel
+ Social Media & Website Feature: promoting filmmaker social media and website links
+ NBFF “#Visionary” guaranteed interview on our Dance Behind the Screen Podcast
+ 2020 NBFF Visionary Award Stipend

+ Length Guidelines:
1-60 seconds: Short Series- Current Issues Dance Shorts
1-10 minutes: say NO to the BOX- Dance Film General Submission
5-20 minutes: #Dancebehindthescreen- Dance Documentaries
+ Films submitted will be screened by our NBFF 2020 Jury
+ Films that have been submitted in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are eligible according to all of the festival’s current rules.
+ Each entry must include high resolution film stills/photos with submission (please include photo credits)
+ Each entry must include filmmaker/artist current location
+ Each filmmaker is responsible for holding copyright permission for any elements used in the film.
+ Selected films must provide film in QuickTime format or MP4
+ Selected films must provide additional marketing materials upon request
+ All films submitted grant NBFF the right to utilize materials including video and still images for promotion purposes of NBFF 2020 or future kNOwBOX dance publicity.
+ Submission fee paid

Overall Rating
  • sebastien de buyl

    Such a great festival and team. Wish I could have been there in the Drive in screening in Dallas as well as the Seoul screening. Hope to meet the team soon! Great communication, great team, super festival. 100% recommend!

    March 2021
  • Mawrgan Shaw

    Fantastic festival to be involved with! I only wish I could have been present in person. Thank you so much for including me and for selecting my animation Days Like These.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    "Days Like These" was a beautiful representation of dance in animation. Thank you for sharing your work!

  • Simona Dabija

    Incredibly responsive and comunicative team. Thank you for this experience and for putting artists together in this cool and beautiful festival.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Simona! We were honored to screen "Opia".

  • Amazing people, great communication, passionate people and professionals.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Stella! Your film "Stop Human Trafficking" is powerful and we are fortunate to include your work in our festival.

  • Hadi Moussally

    Amazing Festival, selection and communication! Thank you!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Hadi! It was a pleasure to include "Bellydance Vogue" in our festival.