San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) is a multi-day international event showcasing the best in dance film from around the world. In 2020, we presented our festival almost entirely online with great success, attracting a record-breaking global audience. Looking ahead to our October 2021 festival, we intend to host an in-person opening night program alongside our virtual festival. The exact structure is TBA and will depend on current health guidelines.

With the additions of live performances, gallery installations, and screenings of live captures from the world’s great stages, SFDFF has become one of the most respected and influential dance film festivals. The festival now awards cash prizes and produces a touring reel to expand the reach of its programming.

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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 Festival are eligible for the following awards. Winners will be selected by independent award jury.

— Best Documentary ($1,000)
— Best Live Performance Capture ($500)
— Best Screendance Film
  • Under 10 minutes ($500)
  • Over 10 minutes ($500)
— Best Student Film ($500)
— Best Art/Experimental ($500)

Audience Favorite awards, selected by audience survey, will be announced the week following the festival.


• Eligibility for filmmaker cash awards up to $1,000

• 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.

• Inclusion in our permanent digital archive.

• Opportunities for further exposure via our “On the Road” touring reel and other educational outreach programs

• “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 2018 or later.

3) Submissions accepted through FilmFreeway only.


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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