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Dance film is an increasingly recognized category that draws on the physical and spatial aspects inherent to dance, as well as the visual and temporal abilities of film. This year, the FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2021 is built upon the rawness and vulnerability built from isolation and approaches a new period in dance film—one of consciousness and pure creative honesty.


Submissions to the FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2021 are now open. We invite entries from all over the world to submit dance-centered films for the festival’s second edition. 


Please read the Terms and Conditions for more information.

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AUGUST 29, 2021

11:59PM GMT+8

The FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2021 is open to entries from all over the world. To be eligible to participate the screendance must fulfill the following criteria:


What to Deliver:

  • Dance-centered films of any style

  • Narrative and experimental shorts, animations, documentaries, and music videos with dance as the central theme

  • Films must be from 5 to 60 mins in length, including all credits

  • Films must be shot in 16:9 (landscape orientation)

  • Films must have a production date of 2020 or later

Excluding works such as:

  • Trailers or recordings of performances, one-minute films, commercials

  • Entries that have been submitted to the FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2020

  • Films that have been part of non-competing categories of FIFTH WALL FEST 2020

Additional Guidelines:

  • Submissions are not limited to live-action works (i.e. may be animation).

  • Non-English films must have English subtitles for a better understanding of the piece.

  • Use of original literary sources, music materials, and film footage must have proper clearance from its respective copyright owners before it can be used in the final film output;

  • Rights to the final film output belong to the filmmaker proponent, but FIFTH WALL FEST reserves the right to screen it for the duration of FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2021 and selected events after the festival screening (with prior notice to the proponent); 

  • Filmmaker proponent and his/her co-financiers must abide by the FIFTH WALL FEST festival rules, guidelines, deadlines, and contract; in case of violations in the aforementioned terms, FIFTH WALL FEST reserves the right to disqualify the filmmaker/proponent and forfeit the award.

  • By submitting your film, FIFTH WALL FEST is hereby granted the right to utilize any submitted materials, including video and still images for purposes of promotion of the 2021 Festival and for future institutional promotion of FIFTH WALL FEST

  • Once submitted, a film cannot be withdrawn for any reason.

FIFTH WALL FEST awards excellence, experimentation, and innovation in dance filmmaking, with cash prizes as well as the opportunity to be screened in the festival in October 2021.

All films selected for the festival are eligible for awards. Winners will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges. Prizes to be announced soon.


Sari Dalena

Filmmaker and Professor, Philippines

Sari Dalena is an independent filmmaker from the Philippines. She has been the recipient of the Fulbright-Hayes scholarship, New York Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Fellowship, and the 13 Artists Award at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Her first full-length documentary, Memories of a Forgotten War (2001), screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Documentary Fortnight in New York City and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2012, Dalena’s Ka Oryang was awarded “Best Picture” and “Best Director” prizes at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival. Her other notable works include Church Dog (1994), White Funeral (1997), The Guerrilla is a Poet (2013), The Women of Malolos (2013), and Dahling Nick (2015).  

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Kelly Hargraves

Dance Filmmaker and Curator, USA 

Kelly Hargraves is a Canadian dance film creator and curator who currently lives in Los Angeles. In September 2018 she was named the Executive and Artistic Director of Dance Camera West, after co-founding the Los Angeles festival of dance film in 2001. She has a Masters in Dance Film from New York University (with a concentration in Dance and Film History), an Honours BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and an Honours BA in Communication Studies (with a Minor in Theater History) from the University of Windsor.

Hargraves has directed several dance films that are shown internationally and has travelled as a guest lecturer, panel speaker, and jury member at several festivals and universities around the world.


Nonoy Froilan 

Choreographer, Filmmaker, Actor, Photographer, Philippines

Nonoy Froilan is a choreographer, filmmaker, actor, and photographer based in the Philippines. Considered the Premiere Danseur of the country, the former Ballet Philippines principal dancer is currently the master instructor for dance at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He also holds a position as a lecturer for choreography in the Street Dance Festival and is a ballet and contemporary dance instructor. Froilan was the 1st prize winner at the CCP Alternative Film and Video Competition in 1992 for his work, “Encantada, The Creation of a Dance.” 


Choi Sin-Yi Emilie

Independent Researcher, Writer, Programmer, Hong Kong

Choi Sin-yi (Emilie) is a Hong Kong based researcher, writer and programmer of moving image art. She obtained a MPhil degree in Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2021, researching on the history of Hong Kong experimental practices of moving image art in the late 1960s. Emilie’s research interests include Asian and Hong Kong documentary, alternative cinema and moving image studies, image politics, media archaeology and digital culture.

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Fill out the submission form 

Deadline for submission is on August 29, 2021, 11:59PM GMT+8.



International entries or submissions with a country of origin outside the Philippines are subject to a fee of USD 10. The nationality of the film will be determined by the production’s country of origin. The location of the majority of the film’s production offices and personnel attributes to this signifier. All fees are nonrefundable.


  • Completed FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2021 submission form 

  • Soft copies of synopsis, director’s profile, and director’s statement

  • Private (unlisted) link to submitted work

  • Payment of USD 10 for international entries

Note: Failure to complete the payment will result in forfeiture of processing of submission. All fees are nonrefundable.

For inquiries, you may contact

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