Screen.Dance was established in 2016 by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Peter Royston as Perth Screen Dance – a screening and commisioning programme connected to Perth Dance Festival, Scotland.
With the renovation of Perth Theatre, in 2018 the festival was able to grow and become an event that encompassed artist talks, pop-up exhibitions and installations. The festival’s relationship to Threshold artspace moving image collection at Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall has been a key component of the event in the past. Screen dance was one of the major parts of the collection curated, commissioned and acquired by Iliyana Nedkova at Threshold artspace between 2005-2020. It is unique in the UK and rare in contemporary art museums and galleries internationally.
The festival is now moving to new venues aiming to continue supporting artist development in Scotland and internationally.
Screen dance is an expanding hybrid genre of artist’s moving image and the festival defines the form as being created by combining the choreographic intention and compositional form of dance, with the language of cinema.
Artists submit to the festival here Filmfreeway
The festival looks for short works that conform to the definition above and these go forward to be judged in competition. The festival accepts short film submissions of no longer than 15 minutes made in the last 5 years. The works should conform to the genre of screen dance also known as videodance or dance film.
The festival does not accept documentation of live performance or dance documentary. Music videos maybe considered if the balance between dance and music is even.
Screen.dance 2021 is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI, also by Creative Scotland, Goat Media, Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen, Festival Quartiers Danses, Montreal and artists worldwide.