General rules and regulations 2019

Submission of a dance film constitutes acceptance of the Entry Rules & Regulations, please review this document carefully.

The person submitting the film (the applicant) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film.

This consent is required to submit the film to Choreoscope.

The 2019 edition of Choreoscope will be held both offline and online. More about its benefits for the selected works in section 8.1.
The festival introduces a new award category, the Faux Pas Award. More about this category in section 8.2.

1. What is Choreoscope
Choreoscope is the International Dance Film Festival of Barcelona.
We define dance films as those cinematographic works, where the movie narrative (and image movement) merges with the body narrative (dance, movement) in order to tell a story. Dance Films have selection priority over Videodance works.
All cinematographic and dance genres are welcome.
Choreoscope belongs to the Mediterranean Screendance Network. You can find more information on the website

2. Mission
Dance films should be available not only for the more specialised audience, but also to a broader audience, those who prefer non-commercial movies, the experimental movies, those who are eager to experience different types of movie narratives.
The festival wants to demonstrate; that dance films are a captivating and interesting movie genre and that an audience can be created for it.
Barcelona aims to be the Mediterranean capital of dance films and of the cinematographic and body movement.

3. Objectives
3.1. To encourage the development, research, promotion and dissemination of dance, body movement, film (motion and cinematic narrative), non-verbal language and the resulting synergies.
3.2. To revitalize the participation and involvement of an eclectic audience, not just a dance loving one, but also a film loving one, eager to discover new, different cinematographic narrative, approaching culture thru an attractive proposal.
3.3. To embolden young professionals (both audiovisual and dancers) based in Barcelona, but also Catalonia and Spain, to carry out new and innovative projects around the dance film (short dance film contest for film/audiovisual schools in collaboration with dance schools).
3.4. To contribute to the academic research of the body movement and audiovisual (cinematographic) movement (by organizing conferences).
3.5. To establish Barcelona as the capital of dance films and moving pictures of the Mediterranean, placing the city within the panorama of the best specialized festivals worldwide, such as the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (USA), Dance on Camera (USA), Loikka Dance Film Festival (Finland), Jumping Frames (Hong Kong), Dance: Films (Scotland), Agite y Sirva (México), Dança em Foco (Brasil), Videodanza Buenos Aires (Argentina).
3.6. To create «embassies» of Choreoscope throughout Europe, or on an International level, where dance film can be a minority, or inexistent.

4. Dates
Submissions open March 2019 and close May 2019 (Official Selection Category). The festival can however make certain exceptions to this rule.
The selected films/artists for the official competition will be notified August 2019 latest.
The Festival will be held October 15-20 2019 (date changes may apply). Following the main event Choreoscope Barcelona – special screenings will be programmed in order to promote the artist’s work and share it with a wider audience (Choreoscope embassies – read Article 3.6 and Article 11). By submitting a film the artist agrees to these special screenings.

5. Submission form
All submissions must be made thru the festival’s official online submission platform, Festhome, or FilmFreeway. Curated work does not have to be submitted online.

5.1. Entry fee
Choreoscope does not charge entry fee.

6. Eligibility criteria
Only films that meet the following conditions may be selected
– films, where dance and cinema coexist to create a unique language. Before submitting, please make sure, your film is actually a dance film (example: a party scene, where certain characters dance, and this dance has no relevance to the plot – is not a dance film!)
– films, where body and camera movement are fundamental for the plot are also eligible.
– all cinematographic and dance genres are welcome (including figure skating, acrobatics, traditional dance, ballroom etc.)
– short films with a running time preferably under 15 minutes. The festival can however make certain exceptions to this rule. Films up to 30 minutes running time are eligible.
– there is no production year limit
– films previously not premiered in Spain are preferred, but this is not a selection criteria
– films previously premiered in Barcelona will not be considered for official selection
– films that are not openly published online (youtube, vimeo) are preferred, but this is not a selection criteria. If you have a great movie, we want to screen it, even if it is available online

7. Members of the Jury
Choreoscope´s board of directors designate the members of the Jury for the official selection process. The jury members will come from two professional backgrounds: dance and cinema/audiovisuals.

8. Official selection
Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme. All selected films receive the «Choreoscope Official Selection» laurel. Complete documentation for each selected film is to be made available latest August 20.

8.1 Choreoscope Online
Thanks to an agreement reached with Filmin, the 2019 edition of Choreoscope will also be celebrated online. Filmin is an on-demand Internet streaming media platform based in Spain. The agreement settles a non-exclusive commercial management of the contents in the methods, territories, languages and timeframes for their distribution via Internet through the and websites, on Filmin apps, the pages of other companies whose streaming service is operated by Filmin, in smart TV.
Choreoscope @Filmin will start the same day as the offline festival, but the contents will be available to watch for a determined period of time, which may vary (usually until January 31).
Benefits: the revenues obtained by the commercial management of Filmin through all its exploitation methods (via,, apps and streaming services licensed to other pages) and within the distribution methods, timeframes and characteristics of the contents will be distributed between Filmin and Choreoscope (representing the artist and its work). However, as the festival’s main interest is to promote and support the submitting artist, 90% of the obtained revenue belonging to a film will be paid to the artist, Choreoscope retaining only a maximum of 10% commission, or none, if a particular film’s income is not very high. Seeking maximum transparency and the artist’s best interest, you can contact Choreoscope for further information or doubts The payments made by the client will be subject to the relevant legal regulations, particularly those of a fiscal nature applicable in each case and at any given time.
Within this collaboration, Filmin commits to using products and services of the highest quality and companies of recognized prestige for the masters and digital compression processes, among others, in addition to ensuring the use of the safest and most up-to-date security and anti-piracy systems and technology. Filmin will respect the integrity of the films as well as the titles of the original credits, respecting continuity and impeding the introduction of cuts or any alterations in the footage.
The earnings will be forwarded to the artists via bank transference. The commissions applied for the transference (if there are) will be deducted from the total transferred amount.

8.2. New award category: Faux Pas Award
Each year during the submission process Choreoscope receives hundreds of films. Some of them however do not respect our rules & regulations, are not even dance films, or they are just, frankly, very bad, from a cinematographical, technical, choreographical or dance perspective. However the festival would like to acknowledge the illusion, work, effort and invested time of these artists as well, and, inspired by the «worst film director of all times», Ed Wood, introduces the Faux Pas category for «worst film submitted to the festival». This category is meant as Choreoscope´s version of the Razzie Awards. By no means is the festival’s intention to disrespect the artist, but rather to highlight and screen their work as well, connect it to an audience and create constructive dialogue. By submitting, the artist acknowledges the possibility to participate in this category and the film´s eligibility to win the award. The screening will be conducted as an Off -Choreoscope event.

9. Official competition
– Best International Short Dance Film (includes productions made in Spain)
– Audience award
– Faux Pas Award
– Portrait of a Generation Award
– Other categories might be added in order to support and recognise the artistic works

9.1 There can be joint awards. Jury can also decide not to give award in a category. Winning films will receive the Official Choreoscope Laurel.

9.2. The jury for the International Short Dance Film category will be formed by dance and cinema professionals. Artists who have taken part in the production or exploitation of a film from the official selection may not be on the Jury.

10. Attending the festival
Film selection is not based in the artist’s availability to attend the festival. We invite and encourage all artists to attend Choreoscope, Travel and accommodation expenses for the 2019 edition may be covered in determined situations, however it can not be assured for all selected artists.

11. Embassies
Choreoscope is based in Barcelona, however, as stated, our mission is to connect with a broad audience. The festival tries to create «embassies» in order to promote dance films and the artist’s work. Besides the official festival screening, the selected films can be screened in other locations, cities and countries. Artists will always be notified about these screenings. The artists and its films will always be treated with the maximum respect.

12. Liability
The President of the «Asociación Choreoscope» has the power to settle all cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.

13. Participation in Choreoscope – International Dance Film Festival Barcelona implies acceptance of all the aforementioned rules, regulations and preselection conditions.

Best of luck!