19th Annual

Dances With Films

June 01, 2017 to June 11, 2017

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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 4th 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, 2015.
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

Touted as "the future of independent film" by The Huffington Post, "a breath of fresh flair" by the Los Angeles Times - Dances With Films is an original on the festival circuit setting its sights on year 20 at the famed Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. 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), Dances With Films presents over 160 films each year over 11 days to the LA Filmmaking Industry and Film-going community in the film capital of the world.

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!
HBO’s critically acclaimed and hit series ‘Getting On” and “Big Love” were created by DWF Alums (and now board advisors) Will Scheffer and Mark Olsen after screening their feature film "Easter" at DWF 2004.

TWO of our 2015 documentaries qualified for Academy Award consideration - The Ataxian and Harry and Snowman.

Filmmaker Carmen Marron, follows up her 2010 Audience Award winning feature "Go For It!" (released by Lionsgate) with "Endgame" sold to HBO this summer.

2008 actor alum Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for Best Actor in "The Social Network" for the 2010 Academy Awards and continues to blast though filming "Justice League" for DC Comics.

There is no stopping “Breaking Bad” super-star, Bryan Cranston, who premiered his directorial debut at DWF in 2000!

2011 & 2012 alum Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her work on "Jane the Virgin".

John Hawkes, whom DWF saw way back in 2003, continues contributing his amazing talents to many films, including "Lincoln", "The Sessions", and the upcoming Unlovable, a story created by Mark Duplass.

And we met the TNT's "The Last Ship" creator and showrunner, Steven Kane back in 2000, when we premiered his feature "Doghouse".

What Alums Say:
"DWF gave us not only a showcase for our small film, but the support of a community of deeply passionate and caring individuals who love filmmakers and filmmaking and the festival is perhaps one of the only film-festivals in the world that remains not about "getting distribution" (primarily) but about nurturing talent. The fact that they manage this in THE FILM INDUSTRY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD is remarkable. It speaks to an integrity that is too often lacking in our community-- but it inspired us mightily and believe me when I tell you-- it influenced the way we ran our own show," Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen.

As Director/Writer Bailey Kobe said about his 2015 experience at DWF, "as soon as I stepped outside at the Chinese after the screening, we had offers being made." Distribution for his film "Babymoon", was recently signed with a major VOD/digital company.

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 Zola Mashariki, SVP Fox Searchlight, Steven Wegner EVP Alcon Entertainment, Casting Icon - Debra Zane (Hunger Games), Melanie Miller, EVP Samuel Goldwyn Pictures, Keyvan Peymani, ICM Partners and many more!

ICA Award: The Industry Choice Award is the prize to get! Every film in the festival is considered for this prestigious award. Industry leaders, such as Mark Ordesky (producer, Lord of the Rings, Fox's The Quest), Steven Friedlander, (EVP, CBS Films, Hell or High Water, Love the Coopers), Jay Stern (Horrible Bosses) are the final judges. Best part? The winner receives a meeting with one or more of the judges.

We even have a something for the Kids!
We are pleased to present our latest category 'Dances With Kidz!' for the 4th year. This program consists of films created for kids by Pros and most importantly... films created BY kids.

The Academy:
We also qualify two short films for Academy Award consideration!

Virgin Produced:
DWF now supplies a series of short films to Virgin Produced who in turn show these short gems on their Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia Airlines on a rotating basis!

The Family:
Finally, the community of Dances With Films that has evolved since 1998 is a strong and loyal one. The Festival 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, please go 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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.