The festival accepts – Feature Length Dance-Films (40 min and over) ; Short Length Dance-Films (up to 40 mins); Student Dance-Films (up to 20 mins)

Recordings of dance performances unless used as a cinematic narrative device will not be considered for screening. If you have any doubts about this please write to us at [email protected]

All genres of films/video, as long as they are largely based on the relationship between the body movement and the tools of cinema as a medium for story-telling.

All submissions have to be available and downloadable on Film Freeway (either as a direct upload on Film Freeway or linked to Vimeo – please note that if you are putting a Vimeo link, the link is downloadable).

Student applicants should apply with proof of current enrolment along with a valid student ID. Please note that student proof has to be sent by mail to [email protected]

Submission fee must be paid at time of submission. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Applicants must have all rights and permissions to present the work. AuroApaar, Manifest and individuals associated with these organisations and this event are not responsible for any copyright infringement in the works submitted.

Submission to the festival does not confirm selection in any of the categories or screening of the film.

The ongoing pandemic might compel shifts in the final date. It is also possible that the festival could be completely online or a hybrid model. Filmmakers of selected films agree to screen their films online for restricted viewership and restricted time on a platform chosen by the festival.

IMPORTANT : Technical Requirements: File Extension: .mov or .mp4; Codec: H.264 or Prores; Resolution: Maximum 2K or 1920×1080 (HD); Note: the Data Rate at time of conversion should ideally be a minimum of 5 mbps. The files should not be excessively large – for example a 20 minute film should ideally be no more than 2gb. If there are any queries regarding technical requirements please write to [email protected]

If the film has speech or text in song or any other form in a language other than English, filmmakers are requested to upload versions with burnt in English subtitles. Please note the subtitles should not be sent as separate files or as caption tracks. The subtitles should be visible as part of the film image upon playing the film copy uploaded or linked to your FilmFreeway account.

Please do not send hard copies of films (DVD or other media) or hard copies of other documents.

The festival does not pay any screening fees.

The festival does not cover travel or other expenses for attending the festival.

The filmmakers of selected films, agree to participate in a live online question and answer session at a date and time mutually discussed and set in advance.

Submitters authorize the organizers of Auro Apaar And Manifest to store copies of their submissions in their archives, for festival and event screenings for non-commercial purposes and use clips/stills for promotional purposes. The filmmakers will be notified in advance for any potential screenings other than this initial event.

Auro Apaar and Manifest Dance-Film Festival and individuals associated with these organizations are not responsible for any loss or theft resulting in piracy in the process of transfer. Auro Apaar and Manifest Dance-Film Festival affirm that submitted works will not be open to any third party access.

Only For Selected Films: The filmmakers will be required to Email to [email protected]: Photo of Director; Photo of Choreographer; 4 Production Stills; 4 Film Stills; Poster; Director’s Biography/Filmography; Choreographer’s Biography/Filmography. Any additional written or visual material that may aid the understanding of the work or the artistic process is welcome.

Rules and program are subject to change. The decision of the festival management is final.

Dates to Remember: 

Call for Submission Opens: August 15, 2023

Early Bird Deadline: February 4, 2024

Regular Deadline: March 4, 2024

Late Deadline: April 4, 2024

Notification Date: July 4, 2024

Event Date: July 26 – 28, 2024

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