First launched in 1988, dancescreen is now one of the world’s leading international dance film festivals, competitions and conferences. The festival offers the dancescreen competition alongside an eclectic programme of film screenings, panels and pitching sessions and facilitates networking between directors, choreographers and potential buyers including broadcasters, festival curators and media or art institutions from all over the world.


In the mid-1980s IMZ recognised that there was a need to create a platform that would showcase a new genre and promote it to TV makers and programmers. With the support of broadcasters – from TV producers, commissioning editors and programme buyers – the first dancescreen was created as a forum for discussion, production and promotion. The festival immediately became a flagship for dance film and video activity. International dance film co-productions between broadcasting organisations such as the BBC and NHK are just one of the legacies of the initiative. Since its foundation the festival has been a vehicle to engage and inspire filmmakers, dance and video artists, distributors and broadcasters.

Participants get the chance to

  • present their artwork
  • meet potential partners for new projects (TV stations, production companies, distributors, filmmakers, choreographers, etc.)
  • have direct contact with decision-makers in the TV world and receive immediate feedback from highly respected experts, festival curators, representatives of media and art institutions, as well as artists from all over the world,
  • exchange ideas and views with like-minded people internationally,
  • participate at the “dancescreen Pitching Session”, an exceptional and much valued format for project development: its function is to foster the development of co-productions by creating space for contacts, discussions and negotiations.


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