Submissions now open for the 10th edition of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival

Submissions now open for the 10th edition of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival

Submissions for the 10th anniversary edition of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival are now open! Filmmakers, dance artists, animators, visual artists and digital art makers are invited to submit their works for the International and Romanian Short Film Competitions of the festival that will take place between September 5 – 8, 2024, under the theme of “Mapping Bodies”.

The 10th anniversary edition of BIDFF, “Mapping Bodies”, aims to create a space for dialogue and exchange of experience, mapping bodies in different cultural or socio-political contexts and presenting new perspectives on the contemporary world, touching on its emotions, concerns and topics of reflection. Contemporary dance is created in the present time, with means of the present. It infuses other art forms with new meanings, it has a major potential to transform our relationship with the body and it enriches the way we communicate and express ourselves. Over the four festival days, dancers, choreographers, visual artists, directors, virtual reality creators, theoreticians and producers are engaged in more than 20 events structured in five sections characterised by diversity, multiplicity and openness. Interconnected, they form a dance map with artistic journeys from various contexts.

→ Regular: June 14 2024
→ Late: July 12, 2024
All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their submission by July 31, 2024.

How to Apply
→ Submit your film on FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/bidff2024
→ Find more information on our website: https://www.bidff.ro/open-call-2024 

Awards & Prizes
BIDFF awards excellence, novelty and courage in filmmaking with a prize pool of 1500 euros.
→ Best International Film
→ Best Romanian Film

Rules & Terms
The competitive section is dedicated to short films only and is divided into International and Romanian. The board will take into consideration fiction, documentary and animation films that either use movement to explore an idea or speak about issues related to the body and the world of dance and performance. We also highly encourage you to apply if you have a short film that explores the future of art, questioning issues related to the ethics of collaboration, communication, and co-existence.

We are looking for:
→ short dance films of a maximum of 20 minutes, produced in the last two years;
→ short dance films in the genres of dance film, screen-dance, dance for camera and musical, animation, fiction or documentary shorts about the body or the world of dance, experimental shorts conceptually oriented around the idea of movement;
→ short dance films with a minimum quality of Full HD (1920 x 1080);
→ each director can submit a maximum of two films.

We are NOT looking for:
→ music videos, trailers or recordings of performances, films already submitted in the previous years to BIDFF, one-minute films, commercials, home-made videos.

We offer:
→ money awards for Best International Film and Best Romanian Film;
→ free entry to all the events of the festival, excluding workshops that require a previous application.

BIDFF is organized by the Tangaj Collective Association.

“Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, the 10th edition” is a cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the project results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

The partners and hosts of the festival are: the French Institute (Cinema Elvire Popesco), Grădina cu filme – Cinema & More, Peasant Museum Cinema, Masca Theatre, Roaba de Cultură, /SAC @ MALMAISON, the National Center for Dance Bucharest, Linotip – Centru Independent Coregrafic, Centrul Rezidențial pentru persoane vârstnice „Amalia și Șef Rabin Dr. Moses Rosen”, ADO – Asociația Artă pentru Drepturile Omului.


Bucharest International Dance Film Festival is a platform for exquisite films that use movement as their main language or the body as their main subject. Faced with the camera lenses, the body becomes the main focus of cutting-edge arthouse films with a sometimes transparent, sometimes coded meaning, but always challenging the viewer to a playful exchange of information about social life, politics, extreme emotions, interesting places and oddly beautiful aesthetics. The festival takes place each year in September, in multiple locations from Bucharest, Romania. Besides film screenings, BIDFF organizes panels, exhibitions, public presentations and film production labs.
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