JDFF 2021

6th Annual Jacksonville Dance Film Festival Read More

March 25, 2021 – April 9, 2021

Narrative Films


Director: Samantha Shay
Choreographer: Danielle Agami
USA / 2020

Curator's Choice

growing roots through concrete

Director/Choreographer: Danielle Swatzie
Director of Photography: Kamryn Harris
USA / 2020

Honorable Mention

Second Seed

Directors/Choreographers: Baye & Asa
Director of Photography: Alan Jensen
USA / 2019

Best Dance Film – Narrative

Student Shorts


Director/Choreographer: Alexa Velez
Washington University in St. Louis / 2020

Turned to Light

Director: Luke Naylor-Perrott
Choreographer: Natalia Hussein
University of Amsterdam

Good Things Come in Threes

Director/Choreographer: Brian Golden
Chapman University / 2020

Obscured Self

Director: Umut Vedat
Baltic Film Media & Arts School Estonia / 2020

The Mother’s Land

Directors: Kevin Rahardjo, Pelita Harapan
University Indonesia / 2019


Director: Florencia Macarena Visconti
Estudiante Universitaria Argentina / 2018

Your Room

Director: Kang Shin Gyu
Soul Institute of the Arts Korea / 2019


Another me in the world

Director: Yiming Fan
Choreographer: Ruqi Li
China / 2020


Director: Gerónimo Gassmann
Choreographer: Juliana Facchinello
Argentina / 2020

Challenge the Absence

Director: Louis-Martin Charest
Choreographer: Virginie Brunelle
Canada / 2020


Director: Fredrik Etoall & Robin Wellström
Sweden / 2020

Audience Choice


Director: Tuixén Benet
Director of Photography: Marva Peponis

Audience Choice

Descent: A Movement Film

Directors: Anjali Mehta & Proma Khosla
USA / 2020


Director: Marc Studer
Choreographer/Producer: Florian Hafner (NEBKA)
Switzerland / 2020

The Woman

Director/Choreographer: Monkia Field
Choreogapher/Producer: Celine Bouly
USA / 2020


Director: Alexandre Richard
Choreographer/Producer: Charles-Alexis Desgagné
Canada / 2020


Director: Samantha Shay
Choreographer/Producer: Bobbie Jene Smith
USA / 2020

In Media Res

Director: Anthony VALON
Choreographer/Producer: Lorenzo DS Dasse (Yoda)
France / 2020

Best Dance Film – Short


JDFF 2022

To submit please visit: filmfreeway.com/JacksonvilleDanceFilmFestival


Opening Date: October 15, 2021
Early Deadline: October 31, 2021
Regular Deadline: November 30, 2021
Late Deadline: December 20, 2021
Notification Date: January 15, 2022

Categories & Fees

Dance – Film Shorts

JDFF only accepts films that use dance/ movement not text to communicate meaning and or drive the plot of the film. Films in this category should not exceed a 10 min 59 second maximum run time.

Early Deadline: $25 / Regular Deadline: $35 / Late Deadline: $45

Narrative / Long Form Experimental

JDFF only accepts films that use dance/ movement, not text, to communicate meaning and or drive the plot of the film. Films that are over 11 minutes and under 30 minutes will be considered for this category.

Early Deadline: $25 / Regular Deadline: $35 / Late Deadline: $45

Student Shorts

JDFF only accepts films that use dance/ movement, not text, to communicate meaning and or drive the plot of the film. Films considered for this category must be under 10 minutes and created by filmmakers who are currently in school.

Early Deadline: FREE / Regular Deadline: $5 / Late Deadline: $10


Documentary films on the subject of dance, dance makers and social issues that impact dancers will be accepted in this category. Maximum run time 90 minutes.

Early Deadline: $25 / Regular Deadline: $35 / Late Deadline: $45

Awards & Prizes

Best Dance Film Short
Best Dance Film Narrative
Honorable Mention

Audience Choice Award
Curator’s Choice Award

Rules & Terms

Filmmakers agree to hold the rights of their performers and for their musical scores. If accepted, filmmakers permit JDFF to use their photographs and films in any promotional materials associated with the festival as well as on the website.

Winners from Past Years

About Jacksonville Dance Film Festival

JDFF joins a handful of national organizations that present dance films, and is the only one of its kind on the First Coast. JDFF, under the direction of Tiffany S. Santeiro, is an extension of Jacksonville Dance Theatre. JDFF aims to connect diverse audiences, cultures, and creative communities through the universal language of film and movement. JDFF exposes the First Coast to the dynamic collaboration between dance and camera, and how this innovative cross-media art form challenges and expands the way we see both dance and film. Dance Film allows an audience to see dance from new angles and perspectives, and it is not restricted to any one environment or place. JDFF presents a variety of dance films from all over the world including short, student films, long and documentary formats, and works that range from narrative to experimental in content. A panel of national and international dance and dance film artists will adjudicate the films awarding filmmakers in multiple categories.

In its 7th year, JDFF has expanded to include a second full day of dance and dance film related experiences and events such as: dance and movement workshops, adjacent gallery exhibition, a filmmaker panel, featured film, and street level dance party all designed to attract and engage a diverse public over this two day festival event.