Call for Submissions: Screen Dances Series

Still from footage by: JONATHAN ELLIOTT

Call for Submissions: Screen Dances Series

As Guest Curator for Guelph Dance’s Screen Dances Series, Aria Evans is curating seven individuals or collectives from Southwestern Ontario to create an original dance film which will be exhibited online. 

Artists will receive a total budget of $2000. Three dance film development workshops will be available leading up to the film delivery date to support the development of the work.

Aria is looking to program short (5 – 10 minute) dance films of all genres that highlight different voices, bodies, and life experiences and address the intersections of movement and media to represent the diversity of what is colonially known as Canada.

We welcome a wide spectrum of filmmakers: students, professionals, from low budget to large-scale productions, alternative and independent films. Any subject may serve as inspiration and we invite any dance form(s); social or street dance, dance in religious or spiritual settings, codified dance, or non-dance images filmed so that they evoke dance, choreography, and movement in imaginative ways to apply.

Submissions open on November 18th, 2021 and must be received by December 16th, 2021 at midnight to be considered. All submissions will be responded to. Artists or collectives chosen to participate will be notified by January 10th 2022. 

All submissions will be assessed by an independent panel with Aria Evans and two industry professionals.

To Submit please complete the following Google Form 


If you have any questions or if completing this application creates any kind of barrier for you, please contact us and we will find a solution that works for you. Please email [email protected].


Schedule of Activities:

Submissions Open: November 18th 2021

Submissions Close: December 16th 2021

Notification of Programming: January 10th 2022

Dance Film Workshops x 3: January – March 2022

Film Delivery: April 1st 2022

Film Release: April – August 2022

Selected films will be required to provide closed captions for their film, if applicable.

Submitters are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. Guelph Dance is available to support this if you need assistance. You are also responsible for following and adhering to your local COVID-19 regulations.

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