21st Annual

Dances With Films

June 07, 2018 to June 17, 2018


Short Films


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 29, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
February 14, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
March 14, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 65.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 28, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 100.00 95.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately May 1, 2018

Shorts: From 1 minutes to 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2016

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Industry Choice Award
All films presented at the festival compete for the ‘Industry Choice Award’. A panel of Industry Leaders look at the best of the best to award this prestigious honor to a filmmaker whose work stands out. That filmmaker then has the opportunity of meeting with one or more of these executives for guidance in their respective careers. Previous winners have met with Industry Leaders such as Producers Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings) and Steve Wegner (Dolphin Tale, The Blind Side). All short films are considered for inclusion in our Virgin Produced Series for Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Australia Airlines.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best of Fest Award
The "Best of Fest" Jury Award winning film will receive an Academy Award qualifying run via our terrific sponsor - Laemmle Theatres. Although the rest of our awards package is currently being developed for the season, in the past we have presented winners with: Canon 7D SLR Camera * Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling * Final Draft Software * Showbiz Software Producer Packages * FilmTracker from Studio System * Panavision Production Package
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Audience Choice Award
Every short film will compete for the Top Audience Award which will receive an Academy Award qualifying run via our sponsor - Laemmle Theatres. Although the rest of our awards package is being developed, in the past we have given away: FilmTracker from Studio System * Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling * Final Draft Software * Showbiz Software Producer Packages
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Category Rules

Short films should be no more than 40 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2016.

Filmmakers understand that their entry cannot have any known individuals within their given project. No known directors, actors, producers, writers, or monies from known sources (i.e. Imagine or Scott Free Productions). We do not discriminate against 'working' actors & crew. Please email if you have a specific question in regards to a person involved with your film.

Please Note: Alumni ARE allowed to submit projects with NO restrictions (Names allowed) for the Alumni Spotlight Screening Series.

Entries must be sent via Online Screener and/or DVD/BluRay.

Films cannot be tied to a US domestic distribution deal.

Once selected, the filmmaker must have available either a DCP or digital (minimum format is Quicktime) for projection. Failure to produce such print one-week prior to the screening date will result in a liability to DWF in the amount of $500.

At least one representative (producer or director) of each competitive project are required to be part of a Q&A session immediately following their screening(s).

Participants agree that clips from their film and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, DWF website and for any promotional purposes which DWF deems appropriate.

No screeners and/or promotional materials will be returned to the filmmaker. Please make arrangements to pick up from the festival directly if you do want them back.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. DWF will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copywritten materials.

The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmakers.

DWF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e. insurance).