Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

International Screendance Calendar

This calendar compiles screendance / dance film related events and opportunities from around the world. You can subscribe to the calendar via your phone / device, just click on the blue "+" in the bottom right corner.
The calendar is not exhaustive, and we need your help to keep it up to date! If you have an event or opportunity to add, please use submit using this form.
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The calendar was initiated by Simon Fildes and is maintained by a group of screendance practitioners on a voluntary basis. Current custodians of the calendar include Simon Fildes, Clare Schweitzer, Andrew Chapman, Michelle Bernier and Gitta Wigro.

Resources for the dance film genre

We hope these resources are helpful to you if you'd like to learn more about dance film/video/cinema and screendance activities.

Dance Films Association, DFA, is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Of interest is their listing of dance film festivals around the world and their Dance and Media Timeline.

MEDIA-ARTS-AND-DANCE is an email list and archive used by its members to announce and discuss theory, research, critical discourse, publications, conferences, networking and curatorial approaches in the field of screen based dance, including single screen cinema or television works, installation, and net based work.

The International Journal of Screendance is an international, artist-led journal exploring the field of Screendance. It is the first-ever scholarly journal wholly dedicated to this growing area of worldwide interdisciplinary practice.

Katrina McPherson's Making Video Dance, describes her book, a step by step guide to creating dance for the screen.

DANCE-TECH.NET, Interdisciplinary explorations on the performance of motion, is an international community of artists, scientists, theorists, and organizations exploring the intersection of performance, media, and culture.

What is dance cinema?

We're interested in film and video works that integrate choreography and cinematography.  Dance cinema? Dance for the camera? Dance film? Videodance/Screendance? These are more-or-less interchangeable terms for an artform that's tricky to describe.

We at Sans Souci Festival like to say that we are not interested in simple recordings of dance on a stage or in a studio— cinematic elements must be an integral part of the entry. Likewise, we're not interested in films that are mostly a narrative story with a few dance scenes here or there (think of your favorite film musical). Instead, the works that we show tend to be artistic shorts, independently made, where dance is the main event. It couldn't be the film that it is without dance, and it couldn't be the dance that it is without the lens of the camera and/or editing techniques.

If you've never seen any before, you're in for a treat-- check out our last few highlight reels.