Welcome to – the website for Scotland’s festival of dance on screen – where you can find out more about current, past and future festival events, including four specially curated programmes as part of 17th annual DanceLIve Festival of Dance 2021 in partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency in Aberdeen
Dancer: Penny Chivas Photographer: Brian Hartley

Explore the NEWS and DANCELIVE 2021 sections of our website for all screen dance highlights at DanceLive Festival 2021 streaming worldwide online via DanceLive Vimeo account and in-person direct from Anatomy Rooms (Lecture Theatre), Aberdeen





Scotland’s festival of dance on screen established in 2016 by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Peter Royston. In partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen since 2020


3 x 1

Just over two years ago, on 27 September 2019 we opened a call for proposals as part of the 3 x 1 minute commissions, soon to be known as 3 x 1 – an opportunity for 3 Scottish choreographers to develop new interdisciplinary collaborations with filmmakers and create 1 minute screen dance works. There …

Screen.Dance Festival 2020

The full programme of the online streaming edition of festival 19-20th June 2020 is now ready! Select the screening programmes from the Festival 2020 drop down menu. The Special Screening Room will open on Friday morning.  Full programme is available by selecting from the Festival 2020 drop down menu. 

All events are free and no pre-registration is required except the Zoom sessions hosted by The Workroom and maPs.

To register to take part in discussions and Q&A sessions on Friday at 4pm BST email and Saturday at 3.30pm BST email

Full at a glance programme is available here to download.

About Screen.Dance

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. 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.