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Dance (Lens) 2021 Submissions

Call Out for Screendance Works

21 June 2021

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Dancehouse is currently accepting screendance works for Melbourne’s inaugural Dance (Lens) Festival 29 July–29 August 2021.

Dance (Lens) is Dancehouse’s program of presentations, screenings and talks about all things screendance and is offered both digitally On Demand and with screenings and talks over the opening weekend at Dancehouse, Melbourne.

In 2021, Dance (Lens) is curated by Siobhan Murphy, Melissa Ramos and Andre Shannon. These curators have each conceived a program of screendance works, pre-recorded talks and public programs. The curators will also select a further 14 Australian screendance works from an open call out for inclusion in the Dance (Lens) Festival.

The Dance (Lens) Festival aims to encourage filmmakers at all stages of their careers; from passionate amateurs to industry veterans, showcasing a broad understanding of screendance. Works may include expanded choreographic possibilities, temporalities, contexts, and/or traditions; both human and non-human bodies. 

Works selected for Dance (Lens) from the Australia-wide call out will have been completed within the last 5 years (July 2016) and will be paid a webcast and screening fee of $200.

A specific TikTok and social media screen program for Dance (Lens) will be announced in July.

Submissions are now closed.

Curatorial Criteria

Screendance works selected for Dance (Lens) will include:

  • A mix of appealing of screendance works representing diverse artists, dance forms, ideas, and with specific appeal to different audiences and communities; 
  • Works with quality artistic and production values that match the form, style, available resources, and creative ambition of the work;
  • Screendance work that is exemplary of known genres or forms, and/ or is experimental and innovative;
  • Works created for the screen rather than documentations of live work.

Conditions of Entry

Please see below the conditions your film must meet to qualify for selection in the Dance (Lens) Festival. 

  • Entrants must be lead artists who are an Australian or New Zealand resident aged 18 years or older
  • Entrants must hold all relevant rights for the film being submitted including both digital broadcast and in-person screenings
  • Entrants must have a lead artist production credit on the film being submitted
  • The film submission must have been made within the last 5 years (July 2016)
  • The film submission must have a relationship to dance or choreography for the lens



To submit a screendance work for consideration, your submission will include:

Main Screendance work

  • The screendance work should be no less than Full-HD (1920×1080) resolution at widescreen 16:9 ratio
  • The work to be uploaded via Vimeo. We recommend the work is password protected.


Marketing Collateral

  • Required: a synopsis and credits for the work.
  • Required: 3 Hero Images — either frames from the feature or production stills — to represent your film (Landscape 300 dpi @ 1920×1080).
  • Required: Able to supply a trailer and/or 3 x 15 second grabs of HD video footage of the film for promotional purposes (Full-HD (1920×1080) resolution at widescreen 16:9 ratio). 
  • Optional: Film Poster or flyer (Landscape 300 dpi @585×330)

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