CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Choreographers and dance film artists


Dogtown Dance Theatre is proud to present the 7th annual Richmond Dance Festival, April 24 through May 9, 2020. This three-weekend festival features local and national dance artists, as well as international dance film artists in the heart of historic Manchester in Richmond, VA.

The festival includes live performances, as well as screenings of dance on film. Each year, Richmond Dance Festival will showcase the work of 18 choreographers and 9 film artists. Previous festivals have included choreographers from Richmond, VA, New York, San Francisco, Chicago as well as international and national dance film artists.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Choreographers and dance film artists may only submit one work

  • Submissions should not exceed 10 minutes in length

  • All choreographers and dancers must be available for all three weekends of performances and technical rehearsals if accepted into the festival

  • Selected choreographers will be chosen for one weekend of performances

  • Technical rehearsals will be Thursday and Friday of the show weekend

  • Submissions should be complete works, not works-in-progress

  • If the submission video link has a password, please be sure to include that password in the additional comments section of the form

  • A submission fee of $10 must be paid via PayPal at the bottom of the form to be considered 

  • Choreographers and dance film artists will receive notification of submission status by late February 2020

  • Choreographers will receive a monetary stipend for participation in the festival, however travel and lodging if necessary are the responsibility of the traveling artist  

  • There will be one financial award for the highest scored dance film submission

  • Submissions must be sent via online form at or through FilmFreeway for dance film artists

RDF 2019

Choreographer: Ryan Davis

Photo by: Dave Parrish

RDF 2019

Choreographer: Elsie Nielson

Photo by: Dave Parrish Photography

Richmond Dance Festival proudly accepts  dance film entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.


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