2023 THEME
"kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2023: Dances of the Past, Present, and Future"

** If your work is selected as an NBFF Official Selection your film will travel to in-person screenings throughout Mexico, South Korea, and The United States of America**

In its 5th year as an independent international film festival, the mission for the NBFF is to curate dance films that explore an innovative approach to “challenging the possibilities of what dance can look like in video form”.

NBFF introduces various trends in dance films and emerging dance film directors as well. The NBFF explores the diversity of dance creation, distribution, and archiving through the meeting of dance and film (dance film). NBFF encourages various interpretations of dance films including but not limited to: shorts (3 minutes or less) narrative, fiction, experimental, animation, multicultural, multi-genre, and historical documentary films.
Additionally, NBFF screens selected films from Dallas, Texas, USA; Korea; and Mexico (countries with live NBFF events) via invitation in order to share works related to current social and political issues.

The festival is an international festival that is held simultaneously in Mexico, South Korea, The United States of America, and online to create a venue for various cultural exchanges.

The kNOwBOX dance organization is dedicated to creating a more equitable and inclusive dance field for all by fostering trans-geographical networking, highlighting diverse and underrepresented voices (e.g. black, indigenous, people of color, and women). NBFF contributes greatly to the growth and development of the field of dance and film. Beyond the screening of local, national, and international films NBFF offers guest visits and talks, dance workshops, networking events, and a virtual fest–which includes online dance related workshops–in order to expand the future of dance through various practices and aesthetic explorations. The NB team believes experiencing art–and more specifically experiencing art via dance and film–creates opportunities for understanding other perspectives.

In this day and age, it is imperative to address the topic of equality in dance in the digital space as it is both relevant and a pressing issue in the current social and political climate. The digital space is charged with a multitude of positive and negative forces including political and monetary power, media prowess, misinformation, matters of accessibility, collaboration, tools and platforms for artistic creation, sharing, networking, sexism, racism, cultural appropriation, and misrepresentation. NB finds it important to acknowledge concepts of power, access, inclusion, and race in order to not reinforce some of the same structures of oppression (i.e. the male gaze, objectification of womxn/womyn, ableism, the primitivism of people of color, etc.); thus writing a more equitable future history.

NBFF 2022 Teaser Video

kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2022 – Seoul, Korea

kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2022 – Dallas, Texas, USA

Cover image courtesy of kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2022 "LIVING ON THE THRESHOLD" by Vincent Bruno and Marine Chesnais

+ #NBFF Official - all selected films
+ #NBFF AttentionGrabber USA - audience selected film
+ #NBFF AttentionGrabber Korea - audience selected film
+ #NBFF AttentionGrabber Mexico - audience selected film
+ #NBFF Visionary - selection committee voted
+ #NBFF Outstanding Performance Award - selection committee voted

+ All films selected for the NBFF 2023 Official Selection will receive a monetary honorarium
+ “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
+ 2023 NBFF Visionary Award Stipend
+ Complimentary Tickets/Passes (2 per selected filmmaker)
+ All films selected for the NBFF 2023 Official Selection will be added to The NBFF Package that will be distributed to independent cinemas and museums.

+ Meet length guidelines as outlined by category
+ Films submitted will be screened by our NBFF 2023 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 1280*720, 1920*1080 / Format: 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 NBFF 2023 and/or future kNOwBOX dance events.
+ My materials can be included in NBFF 2023, future kNOwBOX dance publicity, and included in the kNOwBOX dance permanent digital archive.
+ Submission fee paid
+ Works created between 1950 and 2023
+ If the submitted work has been distributed to other screening media before the festival is held, or the entire video is being screened online for free, it may be excluded from the competition section.

By submitting one's film, filmmakers/artists give permission to kNOwBOX dance and the kNOwBOX dance Film Festival (NBFF) the right to utilize materials including video and still images for promotion, events, and educational purposes. The official selection will be included in NBFF 2023, NBFF On Tour, future kNOwBOX dance publicity, and included in the kNOwBOX dance permanent digital archive.

We are charging for submission to the festival, in order to cover administrative and technological costs. We are committed to providing a platform for dance work across the globe and though we recognize that for many, the submission cost is a manageable fee, we know that for others this amount or the logistics of paying it might be inhibiting. If you are unable to pay the fee but would like to submit please fill our this form with your request for consideration: https://forms.gle/RgA44KmMWGsMKbwS7
Artists under the age under 18 qualify for a complimentary submission waiver if applying to the NBFF Sumer Short Series category.

Discount Waivers
NBFF Alumni qualify for a 50% discount code to submit work. If your work was an NBFF Official Selection between 2019-2022 you qualify for a discount.

If you are planning on submitting and are willing to pay more than $30 USD in order to subsidize the costs, allowing us to present more diverse work, please consider making a donation to kNOwBOX dance designated for the film festival.

Overall Rating
  • Jose German Gonzalez

    Estamos muy felices con todo el trato que nos dió el festival. Ha sido una selección especial para nosotros, para nuestro trabajo y el contacto y la información ha sido cercana , amable y oportuna.
    Gracias KBFF !!!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:


  • Regina Lissowska-Postaremczak

    Great festival! We were very honored to be part of it, and also thankful for kindness, professionalism and communication with the Team.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Regina! We were honored to include the Polish Dance Theatre.

  • francesca santamaria

    It was a nice festival! We are really happy about everything!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Francesca!

  • Natasha Abu-Fadel

    kNOwBOX Dance Festival was extremely personal and intimate!! Their hospitality was over the top making sure filmmakers were taken care of and having a swell experience!
    The women behind this festival are so full of creative energy taking into consideration the presentation of all the films. They are just awesome!!! So much love for NBDFF

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Natasha! We are grateful to have had you at the festival in Dallas, Texas, USA. Thank you for sharing X PAT BOND with NBFF!

  • Aaron Granat

    I am astonished by the quality of service offered by kNOwBOX DFF. I'm probably going to be spoiled from here on out. They give unparalleled attention to the selected filmmakers and films. They programmed an excellent selection of work. They made me feel like a star!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Aaron! It was great to have you on Meet The Makers. We loved having Erosion Project a part of NBFF!