SFDFF Presents Cosmogeny
Spring 2023 Bay Area Showcase
2023 Call for Submissions
2023 Call for Entries
Call for Entries
DEADLINE MAY 8. SFDFF welcomes submissions of dance-based narrative shorts and features, documentaries, live performance captures, installations, and music videos. All forms of dance are welcome.
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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.

Spring Festival 2023

Cosmogony - May 12 at Catharine Clark Gallery
Bay Area Showcase - Saturday, May 13, 2023
Hustle Masterclass with Abdiel

From May 12-13, SFDFF presents our third annual spring festival, a live 2-day event celebrating new ways to experience dance. Encounter Cosmogony, a groundbreaking live digital performance from 6,000 miles away. Celebrate Bay Area artists with a special showcase of dance, film, and community. And learn to dance the Hustle with Abdiel’s gender-neutral Masterclass series. LEARN MORE

Spring Bay Area Showcase

Saturday, May 13. Bay Area artists explore dance on camera with nine films from new filmmakers and veterans alike. From digitally generated dancers to a diverse array of live humans, see how individual voices and movement styles translate to the screen in this mixed collection of narrative and experimental shorts. Learn More / Register Now

2023 Call for Submissions

Now in our 14th season, SFDFF continues to seek groundbreaking work in the field of screendance, and welcomes submissions of dance-based narrative shorts and features, documentaries, live performance captures, installations, and music videos. All forms of dance are welcome. FINAL DEADLINE: MAY 8 / Submit Your Film

SFDFF On the Road

As part of our ongoing outreach efforts to bring dance to a wider audience, DANCE FILM SF offers annual highlight reels of curated shorts from previous years’ festival programming. These rentals are available as streaming, limited-use content and are intended for educational use by schools, libraries and nonprofit cultural institutions. LEARN MORE

Encore Shorts

This bi-monthly, online series spotlights short dance films from our fall festival. Encore Shorts will highlight one film at a time to highlight a filmmaker and their practice, extending SFDFF’s dedication to sharing uniquely compelling dance films all year round. SIGN UP FOR ENCORE SHORTS MAILINGS

Babatunji Johnson live performance, Coppelia opening night with Michaela DePrince, Amit Patel live performance

Please consider becoming a new supporter or renewing an annual gift. Thanks again to our loyal dance film lovers who continually inspire and support our efforts to reframe dance through film. DONATE TODAY!


SFDFF Co-Presents Peafowl at SFFilm

SFDFF Co-Presents Peafowl

SFDFF Co-Presents “Peafowl” by Byun Sung-bin. Professional Waack dancer, Myung makes a pilgrimage to her hometown to lead her father’s funeral ritual, decades after she left in the face of family and community transphobia

Black Choreographers Festival 2023

SFDFF Recommends: BCF 2023

BCF celebrates 19 years of presenting the festival highlighting award-winning Bay Area Choreographers and companies through unique and dynamic performances.

SFDFF 2022 Festival - Raising-Voices

Raising Voices Touring Reel

SFDFF launches Raising Voices for On the Road Touring program. Delve into moving stories through a provocative collection of activism-based films featuring dance, storytelling, poetry and music.

2022 Festival Trailer Cover Image

2022 Festival Trailer

SFDFF presents its 13th annual Festival. From October 28 – November 7, international and locally produced dance films will be featured in various San Francisco theaters and streamed online.

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