BIDFF launches two open calls for this year's edition

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival launches two open calls: one for short dance films for the Official Competition and one for their brand new regional dance film development lab. BIDFF takes place in Bucharest, between September 6th - 9th 2018 and will showcase works that mix movement and cinematography and reframe repressed historical realities or redefine uncertain present facts.

Directors, choreographers and artists are invited to submit their dance films to the fourth edition of BIDFF. The competition is open for short dance films (fiction, documentaries and animations) around the world, with a prize pool of 3000 euro.

This year's festival theme is [re]tracing, paying attention to the leftovers the time has carved through the lives of individuals and communities. Intimate personal stories, different means of archiving collective memories and speculations of a future life, can provide a context of [re] positioning of “the one” against “the many”, willingly altering the so called general accepted truth.



International Competition

Romanian Competition


July 10th 2018

BIDFF is looking for cutting edge dance films with a transparent and sometimes coded meaning, challenging the viewer to a playful exchange of information about social life, politics, extreme emotions, out of the ordinary places and oddly beautiful dance aesthetics.


Read more about conditions for submitting your film here:

To submit your films here:


Stories in Movement

Dance Film Development Lab


July 22nd 2018

The lab is aimed towards dance film creators from Romania, Moldavia, Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria and Hungary and focuses on the development of a dramaturgical structure and a clear artistic approach for future dance films.

The lab will help dance filmmakers to further improve their initial idea in workshop sessions with choreographer and filmmaker Helena Jonsdottir (IS) and dance dramaturge and writer Guy Cools (BE) and focus groups coordinated by film producer Anamaria Antoci (RO) and film consultant Alex Traila (RO).

In order to strengthen the connections between the regional creative industries in dance and film, the lab will also be comprised of a series of speed networking and feedback sessions with international specialists in both domains and will conclude in a final pitching session presentation of the future films.

Best pitch will be rewarded with a 700 EUR award, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute.


Read more about guest artists, lab coordinators, conditions, eligibility and application method:

Application form:




Bucharest International Dance Film Festival is organised by Tangaj Dance Association, with the support of the National Center of Cinematography, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Iceland in Bucharest, the Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, the British Council and 4 Proof Film.
The festival's partners are: the National Centre for Dance in Bucharest, the French Institute (Elvira Popescu Cinema), LINOTIP - Independent Choreographic Center, DESCHIS Gastrobar and DESCHIS Atelier