Submissions for the 10th anniversary edition of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival are now open! Filmmakers, dance artists, animators, visual artists and digital art makers are invited to submit their works for the International and Romanian Short Film Competitions of the festival that will take place between September 5 – 8, 2024, under the theme of “Mapping Bodies”.

Where: Bucharest, Romania

When: September 5-8,  2024

Deadline for applications: Regular: June 14 2024  | Late: July 12, 2024

The 10th anniversary edition of BIDFF, “Mapping Bodies”, aims to create a space for dialogue and exchange of experience, mapping bodies in different cultural or socio-political contexts and presenting new perspectives on the contemporary world, touching on its emotions, concerns and topics of reflection. Contemporary dance is created in the present time, with means of the present. It infuses other art forms with new meanings, it has a major potential to transform our relationship with the body and it enriches the way we communicate and express ourselves. Over the four festival days, dancers, choreographers, visual artists, directors, virtual reality creators, theoreticians and producers are engaged in more than 20 events structured in five sections characterised by diversity, multiplicity and openness. Interconnected, they form a dance map with artistic journeys from various contexts.

Rules & Terms
The competitive section is dedicated to short films only and is divided into International and Romanian. The board will take into consideration fiction, documentary and animation films that either use movement to explore an idea or speak about issues related to the body and the world of dance and performance. We also highly encourage you to apply if you have a short film that explores the future of art, questioning issues related to the ethics of collaboration, communication, and co-existence.

We are looking for:
→ short dance films of a maximum of 20 minutes, produced in the last two years;
→ short dance films in the genres of dance film, screen-dance, dance for camera and musical, animation, fiction or documentary shorts about the body or the world of dance, experimental shorts conceptually oriented around the idea of movement;
→ short dance films with a minimum quality of Full HD (1920 x 1080);
→ each director can submit a maximum of two films.

We are NOT looking for:
→ music videos, trailers or recordings of performances, films already submitted in the previous years to BIDFF, one-minute films, commercials, home-made videos.

We offer:
→ money awards for Best International Film and Best Romanian Film;
→ free entry to all the events of the festival, excluding workshops that require a previous application.

How to apply / register:
→ The films must be submitted through FilmFreeway. Before submitting, please check all the fees related to your category and deadline.
→ The deadlines for submissions are June 14 (regular) and July 12 (late).
→ Each director can submit a maximum of two films in the competition.

All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their submission by August 1, 2024.

Costs for participants:
Submit by the regular deadline, June 14, 2024: Standard – $10, Student – $8, Gold FilmFreeway Members – $9; Submit by the late deadline,  July 12, 2024: Standard – $15, Student – $12, Gold FilmFreeway Members – $13

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