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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 and jury members to be announced soon.


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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.

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