February 24-25, 2017

Submissions for our 2018 Utah Dance Film Festival open on September 1, 2017.


2017 Utah Dance Film Festival

JOIN US for the 4th Annual Utah Dance Film Festival!

The fourth annual Utah Dance Film Festival will be held at SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah on February 24-25, 2017. This two-day event will screen over 50 films from seven different countries and give attendees the opportunity to participate in dance and film workshops, sponsored by The Utah Film Commission.

The weekend will culminate with the Awards Showcase, featuring the winning films from the festival. Also, audiences will enjoy live performances from SALT Contemporary Dance Company, Jen Pendleton’s Falling State performing group, Hip Hop group, Millennium The Company SLC, under the direction of Kylie Bronk and Utah County’s Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.


Jay Carlon, a dance-based multimedia visual artist from Los Angeles, CA, will be the Keynote presenter and teacher. He will be presenting his site-specific digital series of dance film selfies and teaching a workshop to guide other artists to create their own works using smartphone technology.

Karen Jensen and her BYU creative team, Shayla Bott, Scott Cook and Sara Coray, will present, From Staged Work to Screendance: The Processes and Experiences of a Group Film Collaboration. This presentation will document the collaborative processes of transforming a staged contemporary ballet to a screendance. Topics to be discussed include developing a concept and storyboard, costuming, location scouting, filming, editing and music composition. The collaborators will discuss the successes and challenges in creating the film.

Award winning filmmaker Skyler Sorenson and dance educator Katie Bruce will lead a symposium called Movement Through a Lens which configures production skills for screen dances.

Dancers from SALT Contemporary Dance will be presenting a contact improvisation dance workshop for both participation and observation.

Jen Pendleton, will present a contemporary movement class for both participation and observation.


The 2017 Utah Dance Film Festival Official Selection List

Three on Four by Marty Buhler

Rise Above by Amber Johansen

Catalyst by Amber Liberté

KAPITAL by Tanja London

VIRGA: Study for Dancing Clouds by Joshua Baird

Canyon of Motion by Joshua Baird

Once Upon Another Time by Melissa Lee

POLAR by Monica Remes

Into The Dark by Bryn Cohn

In the Shadow by Ferolyn Angell

What Stays by Caitlin Shill

Swimminghole by Sarah Friedland

Summer Friend: A Ballet Film by Adam Stone

Bhairavi Sky by Nadine Helstroffer

Songs of the Underworld by Nicola Hepp

If You Leave by Ming-Bo Lam

Sparks by Nicole Manoo

Freedom Girl by Celesta Rimington

4ElEmEnts by Marta Arjona Blasco

NIGRA by Marta Arjona Blasco

It Goes Without Saying by Susan Mann

Jilava by John Williams

an intimate dance: journeys through movement and touch by Sanford Lewis

BEAUTIFUL by Fernando Lara

Bound by Monica Thomas

I’m Here I’m There by Jessica Heaton

Indelible Memory of Her by Amanda Kapp

Caminatore by Angela Challis

Triumvirate by Monica Campbell

What Stays by Caitlin Shill

Cocooned by Yujie Chen

Light Years by Yujie Chen

Ground by Melissa Sanderson

Memories of Angels by Caroline Prohosky

So Called Laws of Nature by Scott Cook and Sara Coray

Kick Ball Change by Valeria SAGAACHEVA



After by Skyler Sorenson

Catepetl by SLoP

To Inform, To Inspire by Shay Lynn

Et Ergo by Daxson Hale

Business as Usual by Utah COPA

The Case by Utah COPA

Like a tree by Elise Beers

Falling On Love by Elise Beers

SETTLE by Elise Beers

Happy Dance by Elise Beers

Hatch by Sara Marie Coray

Through a Glass Darkly by Scott Cook

2017 Submissions are now CLOSED



$50 per entry / $35 student rate, submitted by December 15, 2016

+ $10 late fee per entry, accepted through December 24, 2016


1- Films of any genre, style, length will be considered for acceptance

2- Films MUST BE appropriate for all ages, as we are a community-centered Festival (slight changes may be requested upon acceptance according to the UDFF organization’s digression. Filmmaker may choose whether or not to make adjustments to be accepted).

3- Filmmaker must fairly choose between Professional or Pre-Professional categories for adjudication

4- Provide viewing link and password for your film through application

5- Provide 1-2 screenshots for your film through application

6- Provide as much information for your film as possible through application


1- Admission to all UDFF workshop, screening, and networking events during the 2017 Festival

2- “Official UDFF Selection” laurel for film promotion

3- Eligibility for filmmaker awards (some cash and some noncash)

4- Participation in Filmmaker/Cast/Crew Q&A sessions during Festival

5- Networking opportunities in the dance and film industries


-January 10, 2017 – Official Selection List posted/emails sent for accepted and declined films + Filmmaker packet sent

-January 15, 2017 – Filmmaker Packet return deadline– final film formats due

-February 24, 2017 – Filmmaker Check-in

-February 24-25, 2017 – 2017 UDFF event in Orem, Utah

-February 25, 2017 – Awards Showcase

Please contact info@utahdancefilmfestival.org with any questions