Call for Submissions – Best Student Dance Films for the Dance Film Lab

The Department of PMA is holding a competition for the best student dance films to be showcased at the Dance Film Lab, facilitated by Shawn Bible, president of the Dance Films Association and executive producer of the yearly Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. 

The Dance Film Lab will take place on Friday, April 19, from 11am-12:30pm, in the Film Forum, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The lab follows the screening of selections from the yearly Dance on Camera Festival Shorts Program the night before, on Thursday April 18th, from 7:30-9:30pm.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the three best student dance films, and selected films will screen at the event.

Submission Guidelines:

Submit your film here.

  • Dance films must be between 1 and 5 minutes, with a focus on choreography and human movement, not words. The films can be experimental and non-narrative. 
  • Films are encouraged to be site-specific (get out of the dance studio!)
  • Can I shoot it on my phone? Yes!
  • Can I film a student dance group? Yes!
  • I'm in a student dance group and we're going to film ourselves. Is that okay? Yes!
  • Can I make a music video? As long as it features dance! (And no lip-syncing)
  • Submissions are due by the end of the day on Monday, April 15. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • 1st Place Prize: $600; 2nd Place Prize: $250; 3rd Place Prize: $150

For more information, email Professor Austin Bunn at

Dance on Camera Festival: Thursday, 4/18, 7:30-9pm, Film Forum, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. A Showcase of award-winning short dance films from the Lincoln Center-based annual festival, curated and facilitated by Shawn Bible.

Dance Film Lab: Friday, 4/19, 11am– 12:30pm, Film Forum, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. A screening of student-directed short dance films – with prizes! Facilitated by Shawn Bible.

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