Welcome to Dance Film SF

Founded in 2010, Dance Film SF is a nonprofit organization that brings dance to new audiences through the presentation and development of dance-based media. In addition to presenting the award-winning San Francisco Dance Film Festival, DFSF’s year-round activities include special screenings, panels, and filmmaking workshops. Through our touring and outreach programs, we send highlight reels to international screens and dance media into local schools. DFSF also produces original dance films through our Co-Laboratory program, matching top choreographers with professional filmmakers and creating the time, space, and budget for them to collaborate.

2021 Call for Submissions

Submissions for our 2021 Festival are open! FINAL deadline is Saturday, May 8. Details about submitting can be found on our Submissions page or on FilmFreeway.

Screening and Live Performance at Catharine Clark Gallery

Karla Quintero and Phoenicia Pettyjohn in Dances for Doing (2021) by Catherine Galasso

SFDFF kicks off May with the premiere of Dances for Doing, a new work by New York-based choreographer Catherine Galasso at Catharine Clark Gallery. Co-presented with the Gallery and BOXBLUR, this site-specific dance will mine the magic of everyday gesture to respond to poet and visual artist Jen Bervin’s exhibition Doing and Undoing. Learn More / Buy Tickets

SFDFF Co-Presents

Cuban Dancer at SFFilm

SFDFF teams up with SFFILM to co-present Cuban Dancerstreaming until April 18 at SFFILM’s 2021 Festival. Shot over five years, this documentary follows the path of San Francisco Ballet apprentice Alexis Valdes from his native Cuba to a new life in Florida. The screening includes a Q&A with Alexis and director Roberto Salinas. Learn More/Buy Tickets

Post:ballet's Swan Lake

We are thrilled to co-present Post:ballet’s Swan Lake co-directed by choreographer Robert Dekkers and cinematographer/editor Ben Tarquin. The work showcases Post:ballet’s dynamic blend of classical and contemporary movement in a timeless story of love and loss that takes place along the shorelines of the San Francisco Bay. Learn More

Artists bring people together, no matter the art form. From live dance, to concerts, theater, and film screenings, people gather to experience the power and hope of artistic expression. Under the current crisis, these experiences are painfully disrupted. Yet, with your help, we at Dance Film SF are determined to weather the storm and continue to find unique ways to bring people together to celebrate the beauty and power of dance through film.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to help us plan for an exciting new season of dance + films. Everything we do is only possible thanks to generous dance film lovers like you! DONATE TODAY!


Post-ballet Swan Lake Four Swans film still


SFDFF co-presents the premiere of Post:ballet’s SWAN LAKE! Robert Dekkers & Ben Tarquin’s film, brings this timeless story of love and loss to the shorelines of the San Francisco Bay.

Hunger film still, directed by Manu Herrera

SFDFF Co-Presents Hunger

We are excited to co-present ‘Hunger’ at the 2021 San Francisco IndieFest! This bold new dance-horror film stars Judah Vivancos (of Los Vivancos) as a dancer who discovers a disturbing new desire.

2020 Embodiment Award Winner YAK Films

Embodiment Award

SFDFF is pleased to give the 2020 Embodiment Award to YAK Films for their significant role in bringing worldwide recognition and appreciation of street dance to the larger cultural landscape.

SFDFF 2020 Virtual Red Carpet

SFDFF Bonus Programs

To enhance our fantastic lineup of films, we’ve created signature talks to accompany select programs. Join hoofer Jason Samuels Smith, the creative teams behind Revisor, Uprooted and more!

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