Dance Film Lab

Join the Department of Performing and Media Arts for the Dance Film Lab, on Friday, April 19, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in the Film Forum, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The Dance Film Lab is a screening of student-directed short dance films, facilitated by Shawn Bible, president of the Dance Films Association and executive producer of the yearly Dance on Camera Festival. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three best student dance films, judged by Shawn Bible, and selected submitted films will screen at the event.

The Dance Film Lab follows the screening of selections from the Dance on Camera Shorts Program the night before, on Thursday April 18, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Get your free tickets here.

Submission Guidelines:

  • 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

Submit your film here.

For more information, email Associate Professor Austin Bunn at

Photo credit: Thomas Hoebbel Photography

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