9 - 11 July / 21
Entertainment Quarter, Sydney
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So What Can I Do at the Festival?
The Dance Film Experience
Lights, camera, action!
In this unique project, students will get the chance to work with the masters to create a dance video. Not only will they get the wealth of knowledge and experience that our choreographers have to give, but they will also get to feature in a dance video to be presented at the Inspired Dance Film Festival held in November 2021!
The choreographers will work with the students and teach a fantastic dance sequence, with the final portion of each session spent working with our professional camera team, to film the sequence. This not only gives them a chance to learn from the best, but it also gives them amazing insight into how the choreographers create for film and work with a camera team.
The final edited video will be made available after the November screening for the students to keep forever!
Tap with Dein Perry
Contemporary with Sarah Boulter
Commercial with Stephen Tannos
Musical Theatre with Amy Campbell
*All sessions open students 13 – 17. Intermediate and Advance sessions available based on skill level, not age!
Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop
Angela Blake – co-founder and director of the influential SmartFone Flick Fest presents an in-depth workshop on how to make a cinematic quality film on your smartphone, reveals budget-friendly equipment advice, and other invaluable smartphone filmmaking tips and tricks. Creating great dance on film has never been easier!
*Open to all ages!
Stephen Tannos – and his filmmaking crew take a deep dive into his creative process, what it takes to make a beautiful dance video, and how collaboration is the key to a successful dance film.
Will Centurion – Counsellor, life coach, and former musical theatre performer guides participants working in the performing arts to a better understanding of how to face and overcome challenges, find ways of coping, understand feelings and behaviours and build creative confidence.
*Open to students aged 13 to 17.
Gala Screening and Awards Presentation
The three-day festival culminates on Sunday 11 July with a Red-Carpet Gala Screening of finalists in the 2021 competition and the Awards Ceremony.
Packages and Multi-Ticket Discount Offers Available!
Entries Still Open!
Final Deadline 7 June
Student Entries Free!!
Inspired Dance Youth Film Festival is a golden opportunity for young people to express their love and passion for dance through film. Entries are welcome from students aged 13-17, either individually or in groups, as well as part-time and full-time dance schools, and secondary schools.
We understand that travel is still very restrictive due to COVID, which is why we are always committed to giving everyone the opportunity to have their work presented both live and online. If there are enough films submitted we will make sure that your films will make it to the big screen in each state!
Semi-Finalists will be selected from each region and will go onto the finals held in Sydney, where the winners will be announced.
Submissions Open 11th December 2020
Early Bird deadline – 9 April 2021
Regular deadline – 7 June 2021
$45 (early bird deadline), $55 (final deadline)
Best Student Dance Video Award – 13 to 15 yrs
Best Student Dance Video Award – 16 to 17 yrs
SF3 Best Student Mobile Device Dance Video Award – 13 to 15 yrs
SF3 Best Student Mobile Device Dance Video Award – 16 to 17 yrs
Best Part-Time School Dance Video Award
Best Full-Time School Dance Video Award
Best Secondary School Dance Video Award
Best School Mobile Device Dance Video Award
Best of the Fest Student Video Award
(Awarded to the best student film of the 2021 season)
Best of the Fest Schools Video Award
(Awarded to the best school film of the 2021 season)
BWP Studios Best Video Production Award
(Awarded to the film with the best film production)
Peoples Choice Award
(Awarded to the most popular film selected by the audience)
* Full Time Dance and Filmmaking Students (18+) can submit to
Inspired Dance Film Festival
*Films chosen by our judging panel for official selection will be screened within the festival season. Finalists will be showcased at the Gala screening and awards ceremony. All films selected will receive our ‘Official Selection’ laurel. Award winners will receive a trophy, and “Award Winner” laurel to add to the title/credits of their film.
**All selected films will become a part of our permanent archive.
Best Student Dance Filmmaker Award
Awarded to the best dance film conceived and choreographed by a part-time student/s. Films in this category are filmed by traditional filmmaking techniques and can be filmed by an external filmmaker. Time limit – 5 minutes.
SF3 Best Student Mobile Device Dance Film Award
Awarded to the best dance film conceived, and choreographed by a part-time student/s. Films in this category must be filmed solely on a mobile device. Films can be edited on any software. Time limit – 5 minutes.
Best Part-Time School Dance Film Award
Awarded to the best dance film created by a part-time school. External filmmakers may be used in the creation/editing of the film. Time limit – 10 minutes.
Best Full-Time School Dance Film Award
Awarded to the best dance film created by a full-time school. External filmmakers may be used in the creation/editing of the film. Time limit – 10 minutes.
Best Secondary School Dance Film Award
Awarded to the best dance film created by a secondary school. External filmmakers may be used in the creation/editing of the film. Time limit – 10 minutes.
Best School Mobile Device Dance Film Award
Awarded to the best dance filmed solely on a mobile device – eg iPhone, iPad, mobile phone, by a part-time school, full-time school, or secondary school. Films can be edited on any software. Time limit – 10 minutes.
1) Dance films of any style will be considered.
2) All school films have a time limit of 10 min or under, including title and credits.
3) All student films have a time limit of 5 min or under, including titles and credits.
4) You can use any software to edit video and audio.
5) Submissions accepted via FilmFreeway exclusively.
6) EXHIBITION FORMATS – If your film is selected as a finalist for our IDFFA Schools Festival Gala it must be submitted in 16:9 ratio and in a non-compressed format. We recommend an MP4 or .mov, files in the largest size possible, with a constant frame rate and Stereo 48kHz sound so it will look good on the big cinema screen.
7) All submissions must have secured permission/s for the music used in your film. Inspired Dance Schools Film Festival covers the license to present your film on screen.
(Please note: Although we will accept films that are publicly available online, in order to attract press coverage for your film, it is preferred that links remain PRIVATE until after the closing of the festival.)