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11 September /22

Submissions Now Open 

Inspired Dance Youth Film Festival is Australia’s only international dance on film festival for dance students aged 13 to 17, part-time and full-time dance schools, and secondary schools. Created to encourage and display the talent of the next generation of dance filmmakers, and provide a platform to showcase the ready-made films by young dance filmmakers and schools from around the world.
This year includes 2 new award categories created to shine a light on the talent of Australia First Nations People and Disability Dance Artists.
A select panel of judges will choose the winners of a combined 13 student and school award categories.

Submission Dates

Submissions Open – 19th January 2022

Early Bird Deadline – 27th March 2022

Final Deadline – 17th July 2022

Entry Fees

Students
$10 (early bird deadline), $20 (final deadline)

Schools
$45 (early bird deadline), $55 (final deadline)

Award Categories

Student Awards

Best Student Dance Film Award – 13 to 15 yrs

Best Student Dance Film Award – 16 to 17 yrs

Best Student Mobile Device Dance Film Award – 13 to 15 yrs

Best Student Mobile Device Dance Film Award – 16 to 17 yrs

School Awards

Best Part-Time School Dance Film Award

Best Full-Time School Dance Film Award

Best Secondary School Dance Film Award

Best School Mobile Device Dance Film Award

Diversity Awards

Best Australian First Nations Dance Film Award

Best Accessible Dance Film Award

Overall Awards 

Best of the Fest

Best Technical Production Award

Peoples Choice Award

 

* Full Time Dance and Filmmaking Students (18+) can submit to 
Inspired Dance Film Festival

Official Selection

*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.

Download Our Submission Guides

Award Descriptions

Best Student Dance Video Award
Awarded to the best dance video conceived and/or choreographed by, or created for 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.

Best Student Mobile Device Dance Video Award
Awarded to the best dance film conceived and choreographed by a part-time student/s. Videos 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.

Best Australian First Nations Dance Film Award
Award to the best dance films featuring Australian first nations artists.

Best Accessible Dance Film Award
Awarded to the best film that showcases dancers with disabilities and is open to any style, form, or genre. Films may include able-bodied performers.

Best of the Fest
Awarded to the best film of the 2021 season.

Best Technical Production Award
Awarded to the film with the best film production.

Peoples Choice Award
Awarded to the most popular film selected by the audience.

GENERAL RULES

1) We encourage dance films from every style and genre.

2) All films have a time limit of 10 min or under, including title and credits.

3) To qualify as a student you need to be turning 13 in the year that you create and submit your video, or 17 at the time you create and submit your video (you can be turning 18 in that same year).

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 Inspired Dance Youth Festival Gala it must be submitted in 16:9 ratio and in a non-compressed format. We recommend a ProRes or .mov, files in the largest size possible, with a constant frame rate of 24 fps and Stereo 48kHz sound so it will look good on the big cinema screen and an HD mp4 for online presentation.

7) All submissions must have secured permission/s for the music used in your film for worldwide release.

8) We will not accept films that are publicly available online. Please ensure your film remain PRIVATE until after the closing of the festival.

Please read full TERMS & CONDITIONS

2021 Award Winners