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The Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF) runs every two years. The next CDIFF is June 29 to July 1, 2019 in Toronto!

We are currently accepting submission for the Spring 2019 Festival up until the November 30, 2018 deadline.

Submission requirements:
We are looking for dance films that focus on momentum-based dance and/or partnering techniques (rolling point of contact, balancing over centre of gravity, sloughing, following momentum, lifting using momentum rather than muscle power, “listening” with one’s skin surface etc.) Momentum-based dance or partnering methods include Contact Improvisation and affiliated methods such as Axis Syllabus, Dance Parkour or the Kaeja Approach. Choreography in the dance film can be set (i.e. per-choreographed) or created in the moment (i.e. improvised choreography). Dance films can be in the genre of narrative, theme oriented, abstract or documentary and must be sixty minutes or less (although we might be able to program an exceptional full length film). There are no limitations on productions date although to be eligible for prizes films need to have been released within the last five years. All rights to the films must be held by the person or organization submitting. We accept all levels of films. This means that if the jury feels your film adds value to the festival they will program it even if you are a first time filmmaker, the film was shot on your cell phone camera and/or you are new to contact improvisation.

Film submission fee:
In order to make the submission process as accessible as possible there is no submission fees

What happens once I submit my film?

  • Films are chosen by a jury of four or more people who have experience in film and/or contact dance.
  • If your film is chosen by the jury to be screened then you receive a full festival pass (all screenings, workshops and jams!) for the festival your film is screening at.
  • There might be a curated portion of the festival, which is curated by the artistic director of REAson d’etre dance productions. Your film might be chosen for the curated part of the festival or the juried portion of the festival.
  • The film maker retains all rights to their film and gives REAson d’etre dance productions permission to screen the film only in the Contact Dance International Film Festival for the year it was submitted for.
  • By submitting your film you give REAson d’etre dance productions permission to upload not more than 20 seconds of your film on-line (e.g. YouTube, Facebook REAson d’etre website) as part of a film festival trailer created for promotional purposes. You are also welcome the cancel this permission by indicating your wish to do so when you send in your submission form or when you agree to be curated.
  • By submitting you also give permission, that if you film is chosen for the festival, that REAson d’etre dance productions can take up to three photo stills (screen shots) from your film and use them to promote yourself, your film and the festival on social media and through the press. You are also welcome to cancel this permission by indicating your wish to do so when you send in your submission form or agree to be curated. You are also welcome to send photo stills (screen shots) to REAson d’etre dance productions yourself. This option gives you, the artist, choice as to which photo stills (screen-shots) are used.

  • Other than the above agreement, to possibly use no more than 20 seconds of you film in a trailer for promotional purposes, REAson d’etre dance productions will not upload your film on-line or shared on Facebook by REAson d'etre dance productions without your permission.
  • There are four prizes available. One prize winner chosen by the artistic director of REAson d’etre dance productions (Award from the AD) and three prizes chosen by the jury (First, Second and Third prize).
  • To be eligible for a prize, the release date of your film must be no more than five years prior to the festival screening date (i.e. we welcome the submission of archival works but they will not be eligible for prizes). Only films submitted to the juried portion are eligible for jury prizes long as they fall into the above stated release dates. The award from the AD can be given to a juried film or a curated film. I.E the jury picks first, second and third prize from the films that have been submitted for competition and the artistic director of the festival choses the award from the AD from all the films in the festival (i.e. curated of juried)

  • Filmmakers will be notified of jury and curating results within five months of submission deadline.

Start making a film today!
CDIFF loves when film are made especially for submittal to our festival (make sure to make note of this on your application)

Send you film today. We take submissions all the time. The submission deadlines are there to create groups of films to be juried for each festival but we will intake submissions. Send you film today to make sure it will be included in the jury process for our next festival.

How do I submit a film?
CDIFF submission form word doc

CDIFF submission form PDF

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