19th Annual

Dances With Films

June 01, 2017 to June 11, 2017


Full Length Documentary


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 30, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Regular Deadline
February 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Late Deadline
March 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 95.00 90.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 110.00 105.00

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

Category Details

Approximately May 15, 2017

Features: From 40 minutes to 200 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2015

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).
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award
Although our awards package is currently in developed for the season, in the past we have presented winners with: Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling * Final Draft Software * Showbiz Software Producer Packages * FilmTracker from Studio System
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Category Rules

Documentary Feature films should be over 40 minutes with a maximum of 200 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2015.

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 "print" (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).