PNB Dance Film Festival

March 18, 2022

We are thrilled to announce the creation of the PNB Dance Film Festival.

This new Festival is born from an explosion of digital and dance creativity during the pandemic that stretched our art form in ways never experienced before. Through the PNB Dance Film Festival, we seek to amplify digital dance films and emerging artists by showcasing their work with PNB’s audiences.

The application window is open now through December 15, 2021, and everyone is encouraged to submit a film for consideration. There is no fee to enter, but participants are required to clear music, design, and collaborator rights on their own (scroll down for some tips!). A diverse panel of industry professionals will award prizes and share the winning films when the Festival opens on March 18. Questions? Email

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Entrance & Prize Info

Long (suggested 8-10 minutes, 12-minute maximum), and short (3 minute maximum) films accepted.

Recommended file format: 1920×1080, MP4 (H.264). MOV files also accepted.

Applicant must declare that all rights, permissions, and approvals from all collaborators (music, choreography, costume, design, etc.) are granted. PNB is not responsible for clearing rights to films.

Grand prize winners in the long and short categories will receive a commission to create a digital work for PNB’s 50th Anniversary Season.

Full submission info can be found on the submission entrance form:

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DanceUSA, the professional service organization for dance, offers the following resources for dance creators securing music rights:

Ins and Outs Finding, Securing and Programming Music in the Dance World
by Lisa Traiger

Music Licensing 101, The Pretty to the Nitty Gritty
by Amelia Lukas

Copyright Basics for Dance Works
by Michelle N. Burkhart

Mother May I…. Dance? Copyright, Fair Use and Dance
by Julia R. Harris, Esq.

The PNB Dance Film Festival is made possible by Glenn Kawasaki.