Iowa Dance 2017: Dancing our Visions

Hotel Vetro in downtown Iowa City—April 28-30, 2017

One of nine festivals recognized in the US by the International Dance Council of UNESCO in 2014, 2015 and 2016

The 11th Iowa Dance Festival's line up will include a celebration of Dance for the Camera.

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES—short dance films

Deadline: March 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM Central Time

The curatorial process will be lead by:

Michael Gibisser: UI Assistant Professor of the Cinematic Arts Department, Co-Director of Film & Video Production.  

Kevin Kelly: Filmmaker, Producer/Director at The University of Iowa Office of Strategic Communications·     

Nora Garda: UI Pharmaceuticals Senior Chemist, InterDance & Iowa Dance Festival Director.

George de la Pena: UI Professor, multi-disciplinary performer-director-choreographer-researcher, member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Laboratory.

Daniel Fine: UI Assistant Professor, Digital Media in Performance.

Mathew Steele: Publisher, Little Village Magazine, MFA Media, Social Practice and Design.

Iowa International ScreenDance Festival 2017, part of the 11th Iowa Dance Festival at Film Scene on April 29th, 12:00 pm.

ScreenDance: A genre of dance made exclusively for the camera, in which dance/movement is the central theme of the story, becoming the primary expressive element in the work. 

The Iowa Dance Festival / National Dance Week 2017 is pleased to announce an open call for submissions of short dance films (ScreenDance, Dance for the Camera, etc.)

This screening is a platform for dance films of any style, genre or technique that highlight and encourage dialogue of the hybrid of dance and film.

Prior to the festival all ScreenDance submissions will be reviewed and curated by a panel of filmmakers and choreographers. Selections will be screened at a public forum on April 29, 2017 at The FilmScene in downtown Iowa City providing a platform to explore the dynamic possibilities of movement created specifically for camera/screen.

Creators of selected works will have the opportunity to engage with the audience via SKYPE and receive a small compensation to support their creative work.

  • Deadline, March 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM Central Time
  • Maximum time for each submission is ten minutes.
  • Only two submissions allowed per artist.
  • Films have to be connected with movement, choreography, dance or clear kinetic expression.
  • There are no restrictions on the date of completion of the submitted works.
  • There are no limitations on submissions for films that have been presented at other festivals and/or online.


The submission period has ended — Thanks

Questions to:

National Dance Week, Dance our Visions 2017 – Screendance Showing
Eloy Barragán, Director

Eloy Barragan

Iowa Dance Festival “Iowa Dance 2017: Dancing our Visions"
Nora Garda, Founder & Director