International Screendance Festival

Early deadline March 14, 2014: with $30 entry fee
Final deadline April 11, 2014: with $40 entry fee

Applicants may apply here. Payments will be accepted via check or credit card.

Now in its 19th year, the International Screendance Festival is directed and curated by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg and explores the ever evolving relationship between cinema and dance.

Video works are presented in four categories:

  • Choreography for the Camera—original work made specifically for video or film or re-staged for the camera.
  • Documentaries—productions that include interviews or other educational elements in addition to choreography.
  • Experimental and Digital Technologies—work that extends the boundaries of dance and can exist only in video, film, or new technologies.
  • Student Work—submissions produced while the filmmakers were students or by current students.

“ADF’s International Screendance Festival has played a key role in legitimizing dance for the camera. By including screendance alongside live dance as a vital part of its summer programming, ADF has opened the door for dance’s newest collaborator, the camera, and all the possibilities that flow from the creativity of choreographers and filmmakers exploring their visions for the screen.” — Douglas Rosenberg

ISF seeks work of the highest artistic quality that challenges the boundaries where film and dance collide. All entries will be adjudicated by an international panel of filmmakers and choreographers. Selected works will be screened during the 2014 ADF season (specific ISF screening dates TBA). Certificates of Distinction may be awarded to works of exceptional merit.


Thoughts from past participants

“Curated by filmmaker and scholar Douglas Rosenberg, The Screendance Festival at ADF is unlike other dance for camera festivals. Rosenberg values rich dialogue around the works he screens, and it is common for makers and thinkers of various stripes to gather at this festival for a fruitful exchange of ideas. It was because of these exchanges that I became convinced I could fashion a career for myself as a screendance scholar, and the people I’ve met at this festival over the years have helped me shape a research profile that now includes not only dance films, but also dance on the web, in social media, and on mobile devices.” – Harmony Bench

“My experience at ADF with the Screendance Festival not only gave me tools to pursue my career as a video-dance maker but also inspired me to start a festival in my city of Buenos Aires. This action, in time (more than 15 years), initiated a Screendance wave that has spread all over Latin America. It was truly an unforgettable summer.”– Silvina Szperling, Director of the Festival Internacional VideoDanzaBA

“Curator Douglas Rosenberg programs work that rigorously explores the choreo-cinematic use of space, time, and motion, thus shifting your expectations of dance as an art form. The work literally jumps off the screen, lands in your imagination, and leaves you buzzing.”
Charlotte Griffin

Questions? Contact Jenny Fornoff at or 919-684-6402.