Dances With films, now in its 19th year, champions the unflinching spirit at the very core of the independent film scene. While the vast majority of film fests rely heavily on celebrity, we have relied on the innovation, talent, creativity and sweat equity that revolutionized the entertainment industry. And that reliance continues to prove successful with alumni moving on to write, direct and produce celebrity-studded vehicles, star in blockbuster movies and television series, produce multi-million dollar fils and create hit TV shows. Oh…. and we even have several OSCAR® nominees… In a world of homogenized, formulaic film festivals, DWF continues to defy the rules.

DWF19 is OPEN for submissions!

Dances With Films is now open for submissions for the upcoming, and 19th annual, film festival set to launch June 2 thru 12, 2016 at the famed TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood.  Last year’s submissions nearly doubled as audiences continued to grow, making DWF one of the most highly attended film festivals in Los Angeles… which is saying something considering there are (quite literally) hundreds of film festivals populating the calendar year.  Early bird deadline is December 16th.  GO TO SUBMISSIONS

WILDLIKE hits theatres!

wildlike-posterby FRANK HALL GREEN

The Post-Festival process.  Is there one?  My movie Wildlike came out September 25th, in about two dozen markets in North America, and On-Demand, a day and date release.  But I just checked my calendar and Wildlike is also slated to play nine film festivals this weekend.  And then it played fourteen (14!) on the weekend of September 25th, the commercial release.  So Wildlike was actually on nearly 40 screens opening weekend.  The hope was that all those people might potentially tell their friends to go see it or buy it OnDemand.  Thank God for film festivals great and small.  And for big-audience festivals that help follow-up, like Dances With Films.  READ MORE

ICA Winner Ivan Barge's Journey


by Ivan Barge, 2015 ICA Winner for MADAM BLACK

I love and hate both the short films that I’ve made. It depends on what time of day it is, the temper­ature, what I’ve eaten, how much I’ve had to drink the night before. So many factors influence how I feel about either film at any given time. I suppose, like some relationships, it’s because we have been through so much together.  READ MORE



IT WAS JUST A LOOK by Khayyam Khan, won DWF’s 2015 Cinema Vortex Challenge sponsored by Blackmagic Design.  This utilizes the amazing technology of Blackmagic Design’s URSA camera featuring a 4.6K Super 35 sensor with global shutter.

What’s more remarkable about this winning short (one of 7 shot during the 2015 festival)?  It was shot in less than an hour using only available light from 2 poster boxes outside the Chinese Theatres.  WATCH ALL THE FILMS

Dances With Kidz! returns for year 3!

DWF is thrilled to announce the 3rd Edition of DANCES WITH KIDZ!  Sitting beside her big sister at the Chinese Theatres in June 2016, DWK presents the most creatively inspired, kid and family focused films by professionals AND young auteurs alike on the indie circuit.

ayearandchange-posterA YEAR AND CHANGE (which world premiered at DWF18) has announced that it will be released by Vision Films, Inc. on November 24th, 2015.  Congrats to Stephen Suettinger and his crew!



120days-poster120 DAYS (which had its west coast premiere at DWF17) has been released everywhere!  The doc, by Ted Roach, captures an intimate, inside look at the lives of one family of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the United States illegally for over twelve years.



TheBreakIn_posterTHE BREAK-IN, which signed a deal at the 2015 festival, opens in theatres in  Sweden this coming January!… plus will be available on DVD/VOD throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Congrats to filmmakers Marcus Ovnell and Jenny Lampa!  On top of that – they are rumored to be working with fellow DWF alum Zack Parker on some upcoming projects.

The Break-In


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