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9 - 11 July / 21

Entertainment Quarter, Sydney.

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What Can I Do at the Festival?

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 each choreographer has 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 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!

Star Choreographers

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 ag

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!

Inspirational Talks

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 3-Day fun-filled festival culminates on Sunday 11 July with a Red-Carpet Gala Screening of finalists in the 2021 competition and the Awards Ceremony.

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Submissions Now Closed for 2021

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.

Submission Dates

Submissions Open 11th December 2020

Early Bird deadline – 9 April 2021

Regular deadline – 7 June 2021

Entry Fees

Students
FREE

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

Award Categories

Student Awards

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

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

Overall Awards

Best of the Fest Student Video Award
(Awarded to the best student film of the 2021 season

Best of the Fest Film Award
(Awarded to the best school film of the 2021 season

BWP Studios 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)

* 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.

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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.

SF3 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.

GENERAL RULES

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) 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).

5) You can use any software to edit video and audio.

6) Submissions accepted via FilmFreeway exclusively.

7) 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 an MP4 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.

8) 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.)

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