Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema invites submissions of short films that integrate dance and cinematography, for exhibition in our 17th annual season in Boulder, Colorado, USA in September, October, and November 2020, and in Campinas, São Paulo, BRAZIL in August 2020, encouraging submissions from all artists regardless of credentials and affiliations.

Where: Irey Theater, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

When: The submission window is now open!

Deadline for applications: April 9th, 2020

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema is a niche film festival specializing in films that integrate the aesthetics of dance and cinema. Based in Boulder, CO, we’ve been screening films in our hometown, across the United States, and around the world since 2004. Our mission is to promulgate this unique art form by developing an audience and hence supporting our contributing artists.

The integration of dance and cinematography is the heart of our work. When choosing works for exhibition and installation, we consider thoughtful forms and themes, investigative / innovative / experimental approaches, production values, audience appeal, choreographic creativity, virtuosic performance, and program fit. None of these criteria is a must; none is more important than the others; excellence in any one or two areas may be sufficient for acceptance. Shorts are preferred; documentaries and animations will be considered. Note that we are not interested in simple recordings of dance on a proscenium stage — cinematic elements must be an integral part of the entry. We encourage submissions from all artists regardless of credentials and affiliations.

Sans Souci will host many screenings in Colorado this fall: at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Irey Theatre, and also at the Boedecker Theater at Dairy Arts Center and The Collective Community Arts Center. We’ll also produce the second iteration of Sans Souci: Brazilian Edition at the Museum of Image and Sound Campinas. All films submitted are considered for screening at all locations.

This year we will primarily be screening dance shorts of 16 minutes or less. While the length limit is 40 minutes, the films we do screen at that length tend to be dance documentaries. We are most interested in dance films that integrate the aesthetics of dance and film and are an appropriate length in relationship to their treatment and style.

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Costs for participants:
Standard fee is $50.
FilmFreeway Gold members: $40.
Entries from Brazilian artists are free, thanks to our grantors in Brazil.

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