Dances With Films, now in
its 15th 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 and direct
celebrity-studded vehicles, star
in blockbuster movies and net-
work series, produce multi-million
dollar films 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.

 

THE SUICIDE THEORY AND CELLULOID DREAMS
NAB TOP JURY AWARDS AT 17TH ANNUAL DWF

It has been an extraordinary 17th year for Dances With Films as we screened more than 136 films between DWF and the new Dances With Kidz division over the course of 11 days! Our defiantly original, uniquely inspired filmmakers lived this year’s motto, “Love Your Journey." And the winners are:

GRAND JURY AWARD | COMPETITION FEATURES: THE SUICIDE THEORY
***Winner Receives Distribution with Gravitas Ventures***
HONORABLE MENTION: THE JAZZ FUNERAL

GRAND JURY AWARD | COMPETITION SHORTS: CELLULOID DREAMS
***Winner Receives Academy Qualifying Theatrical Run from Laemmle’s Theaters***
HONORABLE MENTIONS: MEET MY RAPIST & NO LOVE LOST

ICA | INDUSTRY CHOICE AWARD: THE CURSE OF STYRIA
HONORABLE MENTION: KARAGANDA

AUDIENCE AWARD | RUN OF FEST FEATURES: BLOOD PUNCH
***Winner Receives LA Theatrical Run at Hollywood’s Arena Cinema***

AUDIENCE AWARD | RUN OF FEST SHORTS: PIE LADY OF PIE TOWN
***Winner Receives Academy Qualifying Theatrical Run from Laemmle’s Theaters***

AUDIENCE AWARD | COMPETITION FEATURES:
POPOVICH AND THE VOICE OF THE FABLED AMERICAN WEST

AUDIENCE AWARD | COMPETITION SHORTS: THE LORD OF CATAN
AUDIENCE AWARD | FUSION FEATURES: BLOOD PUNCH

AUDIENCE AWARD | DOCUMENTARY FEATURES: GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER

AUDIENCE AWARD | FUSION SHORTS: PERSONAL DAY

AUDIENCE AWARD | MUSIC VIDEO: LET’S SAVE THE CHILDREN

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS!!

Amongst their newest prize awarding sponsors, DWF appreciates the loyalty for independent filmmakers from its sponsors Movietickets.com, Gravitas Ventures, Escape Artists, Ease Entertainment Services, CAA, The Lot, SagIndie, Final Draft, Movie Magic, VER, KPFK, OHM Night Club, Cabotella Beer, Demidoff Vodka, Lucky Strike, Southern Wine & Spirits, Audio Rents, as well as the Loews Hollywood Hotel. GO TO SPONSORS