Idaho Screendance Festival mission is to promote dance and film arts in Idaho. The festival is a virtual museum where a diverse range of artistic work combines choreographic and film/video practice. Artists are encouraged to further the arts by creatively exploring a wide range of ideas and themes via innovative movement, dance and film making.

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  • Admission to ISF workshop, screening, & networking during the festival.
  • "Official ISF Selection" laurel for film production
  • Eligibility for filmmaker awards
  • Participation in Filmmaker/Cast/Crew Q&A sessions during the Festival
  • Networking opportunities in the dance & film industries
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“Screendance” is synonymous to “Dance Film” or “Video Dance.” Screendance is defined as artistic film shorts where movement / dance (any genre or style of dance and pedestrian movement) along with film/video practice are the main mediums of the art. Choreography, dance performers, location, costumes, makeup, sound, lighting, plus cinematography equal Screendance.

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Submission Criteria:

Submission Fee:


Submission Rules:

1- Films using any movement/dance genre or style will be considered.

2- Film MUST BE appropriate for all ages. This is a community-centered event. No nudity, swearing, or violence. "PG" rated. The ISF adjudicators may ask the filmmaker to make adjustments for acceptance, and the filmmaker may choose whether to or not make the adjustments to be accepted.

3- Film Length:

  • 2 to 5 minutes for Elementary, Middle School, and High School submissions
  • 2 to 10 minutes for College submissions
  • 2 to 10 minutes for pre-professional submissions
  • 2 to 30 minutes professional submissions
  • Professional Dance-Documentary submissions
  • Professional Feature-Length submissions

4- All films must include:

  • Dance Video Title at the beginning of the film
  • Artist Statement, brief paragraph statement describing what was the inspiration/meaning of the work (this may be written in the beginning titles, or at the end credits, in the video description, or submitted as a separate word document).
  • Video ending credits, listing the director of photography, the camera operator, camera assistant, choreographer(s), dance performer(s), location, hair and make-up person, costume designer, location manager, production designer, editor,  general information concerning date, place, and who is performing
  • Soundtrack for the dance film (may be music, noises, voices, etc.)
  • Film is edited
  • 2 minutes minimum in length, no more than 5 minutes long for elementary-high school submissions, no more than 10 minutes long for college or pre-professional submissions, no longer than 30 minutes for the professional film short submissions.
  • Video format is watchable on any computer
  • Provide 1-2 screenshots of your film.
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Who should attend Idaho Screendance Festival?

All in the community interested in dance/film/art are invited to attend and participate in the Idaho Screendance Festival. Categories for film submissions range from age six to adults. Submissions must adhere to the ISF criteria and be "PG" rated. Film submissions are submitted to a committee of highly qualified dance film adjudicators. Adjudicators curate the dance film festival showings. All submissions will receive a certificate. Each submission category's top entry will be awarded, along with an audience's choice award, and a "Quickfire Film Challenge" award. The festival offers is a dance film making workshop, fast film making challenge, mingling opportunities, vendors, a keynote speaker in the field, and screenings of the top film submissions.

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