We are searching for short films which represent experiments in video art medium, dance, and movement with strong choreographic sensibility and original concept. Films that explore new audiovisual lines and challenge the viewer’s perspective are very welcome to submit. The category is open to a wide range of genres, with a priority on experimental, but also narrative, social, and documentary.

We are curious to receive: 

  • films that are tapping into Moving Body platform’s core questions;
  • films with sharp and clear concept;
  • innovative and provocative video art works that push the boundaries of the film medium;
  • films related to dance, choreography or movement; 
  • films between 1 – 15 mins;
  • films not older than 2 years; 
  • films not submitted to previous Moving Body editions;
  • max. 2 submissions per filmmaker

We are not interested in receiving:

  • trailers;
  • recordings of performances;
  • commercials.

A film will be considered by the festival’s selection committee once the online form has been filled out and the selection screener link has been sent, before 23rd May 2023.

Awards and prizes

Professionals are competing for the ‘Jury Award – “Best Dance Film”, with cash prize of 500 euro and ‘Encouragement Awards’ with digital diploma for:

– best collective body;
– best individual body;
– best use of location;
– best choreography;
– best low-budget;
– most daring;
– audience choice

All the winners will receive special attention with an article or interview in our rubric Translation on air.

All benefits to selected films:

  • Eligible to receive a Jury Award or Encouragement Award;
  • Featured on the 8th edition of Moving Body Festival in July 2023;
  • Awarded with “International Official Selection” Laurel, “Best Dance Film” Laurel for cash award winner, as well as “Encouragement Award”;
  • One free pass to the Moving Body Festival 2023;
  • Invitation for participation in Moving Body’s touring initiative and being promoted in additional cities.

Deadlines and Fees

23 February 2023 – Opening date

23 March 2023 – Early Bird Deadline
Standard: 15 €
Participant in the previous editions: 12 €

23 April 2023 – Regular Deadline
Standard: 20 €
Participant in the previous editions: 17 €

23 May 2023 – Extended Deadline
Standard: 25 €
Participant in the previous editions: 22 €

01 June 2023 – Notification Date

07 – 09 July 2023 – Event Datе

All of the collected submission fees will go towards the realization of Moving Body Festival’s 8ht edition.

Unfortunately, the format doesn’t receive enough financial support on a local and national level
to cover the needed expenses for its richness and very diverse yearly program.

Payment Methods

When applying using our Google Form, submission fees can be paid in the following ways:

PayPal transfer to:

Bank transfer to: PERFORMANCE ROOM LTD
Bank: First Investment Bank, Address (if needed):
VARNA, 17 Georgi Bakalov Street. Postcode: 9010.

Please, where it asks you for references, write your name and the title of your work.

Terms and conditions

By submitting your work, you understand and agree to the Terms and conditions of this Open Call.

We’re looking forward to receiving your work!

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