Formerly known as, Kicking & Screening: Dance Film Festival, Motion State Dance Films Series, is the only year-long, traveling short film festival in New England devoted to showcasing the diversity of contemporary creative voices exploring the medium of choreography for the camera.

By taking the festival "on the road" and into non-traditional film venues, such as art galleries, music halls, performing arts theatres, and university classrooms, Motion State seeks to expose the films and film makers to new audiences.

Every screening is followed by a public Q & A with the curators. All festival artists are invited and encouraged to take part in the conversation, should they find themselves in the area of any given screening.

For 2020-2021, we currently have 4 committed New England venues across the year, and are actively expanding this roster.

Examples of past venues have included: Acoustic Java, Jamestown Arts Center, Dean College, Newport Art Museum, Zeiterion Theatre, and Columbus Theatre.

All films will be given a festival laurel.

Through this open call, Motion State Dance Film Series invites filmmakers to submit short films (maximum duration 15 minutes) in which dance and cinematography play equal creative roles.

Motion State Dance Film Series is excited to explore the ever expanding definitions of "dance" and "choreography," and is open to including films that use adjacent technologies, such as animation, computer graphics, and puppetry.

Compilations and documentation of live dance performances will not be considered.

The individual or entity submitting this film (1) warrants that it holds all necessary rights for submission of this film for exhibition in the Motion State Dance Film Series and for use in related promotional and educational events prior to the festival and up to 24 months thereafter and (2) shall indemnify and hold harmless Motion State from and against any and all claims, costs, suits, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and court costs) by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, royalties, publicity and/or screening related to the film.

Final acceptance decisions are made by the Festival Directors. These decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Final film format decisions of accepted films are solely decided by the Festival Directors. We will make every effort to show on the best format, with the best resolution and sound quality but there are no guarantees. Exhibition formats and level of screening quality may change based on equipment availability and venue changes.

Motion State Dance Film Series is granted the right to utilize and excerpt from any film or image submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival, on the Motion State Arts website, and for promotional purposes.

All accepted short films are to be shown on a digital file. Our preferred format is Quicktime: h.264 codec, 1920x1080 frame size at 30fps. Other options may be used but will remain in their native format.

Overall Rating
  • Marta Renzi

    Who doesn't love the idea of a festival which has more than one date and location? I attended 2, and felt very welcomed by Ali & Andy, the two organizers of the festival. Small-ish attendance, but lively Q&A after.

    June 2020