92Y Harkness Dance Center is hosting the first festival dedicated to dance films captured on mobile devices. Photo by Adam Grannick, Courtesy 92Y

These Two Festivals Are Looking For Your Best Insta-Worthy Dance Films

Who says you need fancy equipment to make a festival-worthy dance film? Right now, two New York City–based dance film festivals are calling for aspiring filmmakers to show their stuff—and you don't need anything more cumbersome than a smartphone to get in on the action.

Here's everything you need to know about how to submit:

92Y Mobile Dance Film Festival

This brand-new festival, hosted by New York City's 92Y Harkness Dance Center, is dedicated to dance films shot solely with mobile devices. Ten jury-selected films will be screened on July 28; filmmakers will be notified by June 28.

Submission deadline: May 31


  • Film duration: between 1–90 minutes
  • Must include trailer for film, up to 1 minute
  • Films and trailers must be shot entirely on mobile devices. (Footage from drones and/or GoPro is acceptable, but may constitute no more than 40% of the film.)
For full requirements and to submit your film, visit: https://www.92y.org/dance/mobile-dance-film-festival

#mydancefilm at the 2018 Dance on Camera Festival

Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center are encouraging dancers to submit their short films via social media for a chance to see them appear at Lincoln Center this summer.

Submission deadline: July 15


  • Film duration: a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Tag @dancefilms on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
  • Use #mydancefilm and #DOCF20thru24July in description
Submit via: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Check out our six best tips for taking your dance footage from Insta-ready to festival-ready, then get filming!

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