Light Moves Fesitval

Light Moves FesitvalClosing date Fri 26 May. Festival dates 2-5 November.

Light Moves festival of screendance announces Film Submissions Open Call for festival 2017

Following our exciting festivals over the last three years, we’re delighted to announce our, Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves 2017 which takes place in Limerick from 2-5 November.  Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art.  Submissions should be made via the Light Moves page on

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 26 May 2017.

Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call.  Full details, terms and conditions are available from

Works which will be considered 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. – Documentaries not exceeding 55 minutes. – Student films in which the director and/or choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level.

In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling, will also be considered.  While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process.

Filmmakers should note that, in 2017, Light Moves, in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art, will be curating a selection of invited screendance installations.  Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation submissions via the Open Call. Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves.  We were blown away by the beauty, creativity and imagination evident in last year’s submissions, so we can’t wait to see this year’s entries.

This year we are using for the first time, so this should make submitting films very easy.  We’re also delighted that Light Moves 2017 will again take place at the three city centre venues of Dance Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Belltable, Limerick”.

Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival of dance on film and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film/screendance in Ireland and internationally.  The festival began in 2014 and showcases thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues and includes classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field.

Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre), at University of Limerick.  Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund.  See

Image: Still from The Lily the Rose, directed by Charlotte Darbyshire, and choreographed by Kate Marsh and Welly O’Brien, winner of the Light Moves 2017 Festival Prize.

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