21st Annual

Dances With Films

June 07, 2018 to June 17, 2018

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Full Length Features
Looking for the most extraordinary voices on the independent scene, DWF seeks intriguing and compelling films without known actors, writers, directors, or producers.

Feature films should be 40 minutes or longer of any genre.

Short Films
Looking for the most extraordinary voices on the independent scene, DWF seeks intriguing and compelling films without known actors, writers, directors, or producers.

Short films should be 40 minutes or less of any genre.

Full Length Documentary
Looking for the most extraordinary voices on the independent scene, DWF seeks intriguing and compelling films without known actors, writers, directors, or producers.

Documentary feature films should be 40 minutes or longer on any subject.

Short Documentary
Looking for the most extraordinary voices on the independent scene, DWF seeks intriguing and compelling films without known actors, writers, directors, or producers.

Short Documentary films should be 40 minutes or less on any subject.

Music Videos
Looking for the most extraordinary voices on the independent scene, DWF seeks intriguing and compelling films without known actors, writers, directors, or producers.

Music Videos can be of any genre, under 10 minutes. Should follow a plot or story line created around independent musicians or band and/or song.

Spotlight Screenings (Alumni Only)
Alumni are welcome to submit their latest project, no matter who is attached to the film.

With special spotlight screenings, we show the film industry and audiences alike how our filmmakers continue to progress their careers.

Feature & documentary full-length films should be 40 minutes or longer of any genre. Short Subject and documentary films should be 40 minutes or less of any subject. Music videos should not exceed 10 minutes. All should be intriguing and compelling (obviously!).

Spotlight Screenings are not limited in any way - they can be any category, genre or length.

We strive to support our alumni by showcasing our most extraordinary discoveries from the independent scene.

Dances With Kidz
Dances With Kidz, a festival of films made BY kids and made FOR kids, is excited for its 5th edition to the DWF family of festivals celebrating filmmakers of all ages.

We are so excited to expand into this direction, celebrating today's media-savvy kids using their hi-tech tools to become filmmakers.

We are thrilled to bring the next generation of exciting young Spielberg's, Lucas' and Scorscese's to show their groundbreaking work at the World Famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in this 2-day addition to the main DWF festival.
Web Series
Looking for the most extraordinary voices on the independent scene, DWF seeks intriguing and compelling films without known actors, writers, directors, or producers.

You may submit multiple episodes totaling up to 15 minutes. Please put multiple episodes on the same DVD or online screener. Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2016.
Television Pilot
Looking for the most extraordinary voices on the independent scene, DWF seeks intriguing and compelling films without known actors, writers, directors, or producers.

Television shows should be the pilot episode and must be industry standard in length. Short form television should be 22 - 25 minutes in length, while long form should be 45 -50 minutes.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

No Politics. No Stars. No Sh*t.

It has been our slogan since 1998. What has also been with us since the beginning is something we call "The True Life". With all the politics that rule festival decisions worldwide - this statement is as true today as it was back then and will remain the mission statement of Dances With Films.

Discovering tomorrow's talent today!

Please see our website for the complete statement.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Now in its 21st year, Dances With Films is an original on the festival circuit, touted by the Huffington Post as "the future of Independent Film," "An innovator and leader in positioning raw and new talented directors," - CNN and voted one of Moviemaker Magazine's Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals on the planet (and the only one in Los Angeles to make the list in the only year it was actually voted on by filmmakers across the globe), Dances With Films presents nearly 200 films each year to the LA Filmmaking and Film-going community.

Mission:
Dedicated to giving opportunities to creative talents who may not be considered 'Names', DWF stands out from the crowd with not only the community we've built, but by the success of our alumni and the shared loyalty of DWF relationships.

Success!
This year's EMMY AWARDS, had a sparkling amount of DWF alums, from presenting to sitting in the audience, including 2011 & 2012 alum, Gina Rodriguez presenting on stage to 2006 alum Alexander Skarsgard winning Best Supporting Actor to 2007 & 2012 alum Joel Watson, nominated for editing SHARK TANK. DWF has had many filmmakers go on to create series, such as the highly rated THE LAST SHIP, created by 2000 alum, Steven Kane. HBO’s critically acclaimed and hit series ‘Getting On” and “Big Love” were created by DWF Alums Will Scheffer and Mark Olsen after screening their feature film "Easter" at DWF 2004. Our TV/Web division, premiered TREADING YESTERDAY in 2016, which in now in development for a series. Jeremy Cloe, 2015 alum & ICA winner, recently won a student ACADEMY AWARD.

2008 actor alum Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for Best Actor in "The Social Network" for the 2011 Academy Awards. 2010 Audience Award winner "Go For It!" received a nationwide theatrical release through Lionsgate in 2011. Betsy Brandt "Breaking Bad'' & “Parenthood” was seen early on in her career in the Grand Jury Winner of 2005, "Shelf Life." And her co-star in “Breaking Bad” Bryan Cranston premiered his directorial debut with us in 2000! 2010 feature "Cost of a Soul" was seen nationwide at AMC Theatres in conjuction with Relativity Media's Rogue. - Just a few examples of our alumni accomplishments.

Some quotes:

"Dances with Film is an incredible film festival filled with a ton of hot, new talent. It's what Sundance should be and SXSW is – but it’s in our own backyard! They put on top notch industry panels and events which sync sponsors together with the filmmakers as well as other VIPs. Their events are well attended and are extremely well organized. It's a great platform for a sponsor to promote their own projects and enhance their profile in the Hollywood and Indie film community while picking up material and making new connections."

- Chris Charalambous, Head of Acquisitions, Freestyle Media

"Dances with Film is a great film festival. They treat their supporters and sponsors incredibly well, put on fantastic industry events and is an enormous wealth of new talent. Gersh has signed 3 new clients since becoming involved with DWF. We couldn't recommend it more highly."

- Frank Wuliger, Partner The Gersh Agency

Panels:
As you can see, DWF provides great exposure to the decision makers of the film industry. In fact past year's panels and 'conversations with' series rocked it with Producer, Stephanie Allain (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, HUSTLE AND FLOW); Casting Director, David Rubin (TRUMBO, GRAVITY); EVP, Worldwide Distribution, Paramount Pictures, Syrinthia Studier; Packaging Agent, Gersh Agency, Gergen Crochet; SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Miramax, Rosanne Kortenberg; EVP, Theatrical Distribution, CBS Films, Steven Friedlander... just to name a few. Every year brings out industry stars, the caliber of which - you will rarely find at other fests.

Dances With Pilots!
In addition to narrative and documentary features and shorts (not to mention music videos!), DWF is thrilled to bring back the 3rd installment of Dances With Pilots! as we present TV and Webisodes as a sidebar to the big fest.

Dances With Kidz!
We are pleased to present year 5 of Dances With Kidz! This program consists of films created for kids and most importantly... created BY kids. There is a pro section along with the kids section (18 and below).

2 Minute Short Film Challenge
And on the creative side, DWF also produces up to ten short films during the week of the festival. The 2 Minute Short Film Challenge has become an exciting favorite program at the festival. Utilizing the latest digital technology and pure filmmaking ingenuity, submitted scripts are shot, edited and screened in front of evening competition films during the festival.

Academy® Qualification:
We also qualify two short films for Academy Award® consideration through our friends at Laemmle Theatres and Double Exposure in Los Angeles. Short films that premiere with us actually have a higher possibility of being Academy® qualified than most any other short film competition in the country.

The Family:
Finally, the community of Dances With Films that has evolved since 1998 is a strong and loyal one. DWF offers the opportunity for filmmakers to strengthen and expand connections that will endure for years to come.

For more information on all the above statements, head over to www.danceswithfilms.com

ORGANIZERS

Felicia Lambreton (Theatre Manager); Kerim Duran (Technical Director); Kim Luperi (Social Media); Leslee Scallon (Festival Registrar); Michael Trent; Michael Trent; Michael Trent; Robert Mellette

GENERAL RULES

GENERAL RULES
Feature films (narrative & documentary) should be over 40 minutes with a maximum of 200 minutes. Short films (narrative & documentary) should be under 40 minutes with a minimum of 1 minute. Music videos should be under 10 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.

Entries must be sent on DVD along with an online digital submission. Please check the individual categories for specifics.

Films cannot be tied to a domestic distribution deal.

Once selected, the filmmaker must make available a DCP (referred to as a "print"). Minimum format is Quicktime for projection. DWF does not screen discs (Blu-ray/DVD) due to quality concerns. 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, unless arranged in advance with the festival office.

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).

Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

DancesWithFilms is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless DancesWithFilms from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Feature films should be over 40 minutes with a maximum of 200 minutes. Short films should be under 40 minutes with a minimum of 1 minute. Music videos should be under 10 minutes. Dances With Kidz! films are acceptable at all lengths, up to 200 minutes. TV Pilots should adhere to industry standards. Web Series can be of up to 3 episodes totaling no more than 15 minutes.

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.

Entries must be sent on DVD and/or online digital submission. Please check the individual categories for specifics.

Films cannot be tied to a domestic distribution deal with the exception of the Alumni Spotlight Screening Series.

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 unless prior arrangements are made.

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).

Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.