Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Sans Souci, based in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A., is a niche film festival specializing in dance cinema and incorporating live performance.

Call for Entries - NOW OPEN

SSF's annual call for entries is currently open for submissions for our 17th festival season! See our Call for Entries page for the complete list of rules, and click the button below to submit. Not ready yet? Keep an eye on our FilmFreeway page or follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on entry fees and deadlines.

NEW AS OF 3/23/20: Quarantine/Covid-19 Video Challenge Using recycled or new footage, create a dance film of 2 minutes or less. The idea is to get folks working on new projects while self-quarantining, so please submit something that is fresh work, edited recently, even if the footage you use is older. Theme/subject/form/content do not have to be related to quarantine or Covid-19. We are simply trying to stir up some creativity, in case you're sitting at home, healthy, wondering what to do with your time! Of course we'd love for this category to be free, but as you know all arts organizations are also suffering right now from all the cancellations, and every submission helps ensure Sans Souci will live into the new future! Submit via FilmFreeway, and for all the above reasons, submissions for this category will be just $5. #screendance #videodance #opencalls #ssfdc2020 #coronadancechallenge

Final Deadline: Apr 9, 2020

Image above is a frame from Above the light (2016, UK)
by Heike Salzer, Jack Laidlaw & Jennifer Essex.

Responding to COVID-19

Sans Souci, like most organizations, is in the midst of adjusting our plans and programming to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting our world. As a truly international organization, we want to first call for solidarity among our community worldwide-- we want our friends all over the globe to stay safe and healthy, and we direct you to the CDC for the most up-to-date information and best practices to follow.

As a safety precaution to protect the community from the spread of illness, we have decided to CANCEL the Women's History Month Screening (was scheduled for March 27 in Boulder) AND "Kids + Dance + Film" (was scheduled for April 19 in Lafayette). The welfare of our staff, our volunteers, our fans, and Boulder County at large is of greatest importance, and limiting participation in such events now will have the greatest long term effects on limiting the pandemic. We are still considering the possibilities of rescheduling the screenings, as well as other potential ways to celebrate dance cinema online. We are always open to our artists sharing their ideas, so if you have some, send them our way! You can reach us at, but please keep in mind our work hours will be limited in the coming weeks as well.

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Season Highlight Reel 2019 from Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema.

Our Sponsors and Friends

Sans Souci is so grateful and proud to share that we have been the recipient of several grants in recent years, most notably from Boulder Arts Commission, Boulder County Arts Alliance, and the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission. Like all arts organizations, we work hard to make the ends meet when putting on our events, and it feels great to be recognized and supported in our mission of bringing dance cinema to Boulder and beyond. We're sending a deep, heartfelt thank-you to these grantors, sponsors, and friends.