The Rethink Dance Film Festival (RTDFF) showcases artist in front of and behind the camera working to challenge the traditional structures of choreographic storytelling and artistic expression. Through art, the work of choreographers, dancers and filmmakers should inspire our communities to discover our shared humanity.
Films submitted to the festival should reflect the beauty and synchronicity between the choreography of dance with the choreography of cinematography. Narrative films of any length are eligible, as well as documentary films that capture stories from and around the world of dance.
Narrative Fiction Feature
Narrative Fiction Features that are 45 minutes or more. This is a juried competition category.
Documentary Film Submission
Non Fiction Features that are 45 minutes or more. This is a juried competition category.
Narrative Short Film
Narrative Fiction Short Films less than 45 minutes. This is a juried competition category.
Documentary Short Film
Documentary Short Films less than 45 minutes. This is a juried competition category.
Animation / Experimental Film
Animated or experimental films. This is a juried competition category.
Student Choreographers & Filmmakers
The Student Filmmaker’s category pays special attention to young choreographers and filmmakers. This is a juried competition category.
RTDFF Photography Contest **NEW THIS YEAR**
We will accept 5 images per photographer total.
Photographers may submit one or multiple categories, or submit without a category preference.
This category covers photographs from competitive events, social causes or gatherings, traditions or cultures.
This category includes dance imagery featuring bridges, buildings, cityscapes, historic landmarks, interiors or industrial sites.
This category should portray artistry of nature photography.
This category should highlight the most compelling imagery — illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, hate, compassion, human rights failures or victories in ways small and large. The photos should inspire people to get involved
and take a stand for human rights.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Filmmakers and artist must be authorized to submit their films to RTDFF,
and have appropriate permissions and clearances for their films or art pieces.
Once selected as a part of the official festival,
a film may not pull out of the festival or withdraw its submission.
RULES & TERMS
Each category within the festival will host a juried competition for "Best of...".
Additionally, an executive committee will award a "Best of Show" award annually to recognize a work with high artistic and informational value. Additional awards may be given within each category at the judgment of the jury
(i.e. best cinematographer, editing, sound, etc.).
Filmmakers who have their films selected for the festival will receive an admissions package to the festival.