Call For: Submissions for Light Moves Festival


Illustration: Adeline Pericart


Early Bird Submissions for Light Moves festival, scheduled to take place from November 6th to 9th at Dance Limerick, Ireland will be accepted until July 1st next.

Filmmakers and video artists are invited to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2014 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme.

Early Bird Submission Deadline: July 1st

Final Film Submission Deadline: August 1st

The festival will be the first of its kind in Ireland and is dedicated to the art of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. Combining invited works and open submissions, LIGHT MOVES will showcase the unique diversity of movement on screen via a series of curated events in the exceptional setting of the Dance Limerick Daghdha Space. 

The festival will include feature length films, short film screenings, panel discussions, symposium speakers and an extensive mentored and technically supported Dance Film Lab.  Full programme details will be announced September 2014.  


Submission Guidelines

Works considered shall include:
• Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
• Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
• Short films and video art to be presented on individual displays in a gallery/installation context.
Works for the cinematic context will be presented at scheduled screenings with the facility to screen in HD, up to 2.39 widescreen and in stereo or 5.1 surround sound. 
Works for gallery/installation contexts will be presented on a range of displays throughout the festival. Light Moves welcomes works that embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. 
Submissions that attend to the unique potential of cinematography and sound as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modeling will all be considered. Dance documentary films are welcome. Whilst previously screened works are accepted, particular consideration will be given to recent works in the selection process.
For films not exceeding 20 minutes, applicants will be asked to indicate which category of presentation they want to have their work considered for. Should the festival wish to present works in a different category to that submitted this would be communicated and agreed upon in advance.
Early Bird Submission Deadline: July 1st
Final Film Submission Deadline: August 1st
Please read the Terms & Conditions on the website prior to submitting your film.  Submissions can be made through the website.  
Entrance fees are as follows:
• Early Bird Fee: €15 (Deadline for all submissions is July 1st 2014)
• Standard Fee: €20 (Deadline for all submissions is August 1st 2014)
• Student Fee: €10 (Deadline August 1st 2014. Please indicate affiliation in submission)

Light Moves will award €3000 in prizes in the following categories –
• Festival Prize for best overall work – €1500
• Most innovative use of Sound/Music – €500
• Most innovative integration of cinematography with dance – €500
• Best International Student Work – €250
• Best Irish Student Work – €250
Entries to the festival will all be considered for the festival competition unless otherwise specified by the applicant. The Jury for the competition prizes will be composed of internationally recognised film, video and dance experts invited by the Light Moves Festival committee.
LIGHT MOVES festival of screendance

Light Moves is Ireland’s first festival focusing specifically on screendance/dance film. It is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of screendance in Ireland and joins a range of similar initiatives internationally in providing a platform for new works and a forum for development and enquiry in this exciting area. Highlighting the collaborative intensity of screendance, Light Moves brings together national and international directors, performers, choreographers, composers, writers and cinematographers through a series of workshops and presentations. 

Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson and is a Limerick City of Culture Legacy Project collaboration with festival partners Dance Limerick and DMARC (The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) and additional support from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Light Moves gratefully acknowledges the support of Limerick City of Culture and the University of Limerick.

Full details available at


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