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

May 21, 2018

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:

#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!