San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) is a biannual, multi-day international event showcasing the best in dance film from around the world. For our 2024 season we will celebrate our 15-Year anniversary with enhanced in-person programs, building back the much-missed excitement of film on the big screen and live interactions among artists and audiences. We may also offer virtual programming and bonus material to include our international community who may not be able to attend in person.

SFDFF has become one of the most respected and influential dance film festivals in the world. A non-profit organization operating year round, SFDFF has the mission of supporting independent artists through screenings, panels, filmmaking workshops, and original film productions that bring together professionals from the communities of dance, filmmaking, and music in unprecedented collaborations.

The festival 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, music videos and XR works. All forms of dance are welcome.

CLICK HERE to Submit Your Film on FilmFreeway


Opening Date: January 15
Early Bird Deadline: January 31
Regular Deadline: April 16
Extended Deadline: May 8


$40 per entry / $25 student rate (early bird deadline)
$50 per entry / $35 student rate (regular deadline)
$60 per entry / $45 student rate (extended deadline)


All films selected for the Spring and Fall Festival are eligible for the following awards. Winners will be selected by independent award jury.

— Best Documentary Feature
— Best Documentary Short
— Best Live Performance Film
— Best Screendance Film
• Under 10 minutes
• Over 10 minutes
— Best Narrative Dance Film
— Best Student Film
— Best Art/Experimental

Audience Favorite awards, selected by audience survey, will be announced the week following the festival. Award winning films may be presented at an encore screening during SFDFF’s spring festival.


• Eligibility for filmmaker awards

• Free Festival Pass providing admission to programs and events during the festival

• Industry networking and discovery opportunities. Several of the films screened at SFDFF have gone on to receive distribution offers.

• Opportunities for further exposure via our “Encore Shorts” spotlight series, “On the Road” touring reel and other educational outreach programs

• Inclusion in our permanent digital archive

• “Official SFDFF Selection” laurel to help promote your film

Unfortunately we can’t cover travel or accommodation expenses, but we would be happy to provide an official letter of invitation for you to seek travel grants.


1) All dance-based films of any style or length will be considered.
Please note: Although we will accept films that are publicly available online, in order to attract press coverage for your film, it is preferred that links remain PRIVATE until after the closing of the festival.

2) Films must have a production date of 2022 or later.

3) Submissions accepted through FilmFreeway only.

4) Films with dialogue or music lyrics must include a closed caption .srt file if selected

5) Student filmmakers must submit a current, valid student ID or proof of enrollment at the time the film was made, with your submission


Selected films will be requested in their native frame rate in QuickTime format using one of the following codecs: ProRes, ProRes HQ, or ProRes 4444. Blu-ray may be requested as an additional option for films over 20 minutes ONLY. A ProRes file will also be required as backup.


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