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Open Call 2021

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An outpost to investigate the present in view of the future.

An immersive experience in screen dance.

Crossing borders between choreography, cinema, motion, new technologies, creativity and innovative storytelling.


ZED Festival welcomes international screendance and crossmedia works, with a particular attention to virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, triggering connections between dance and new media. The 2021 edition will expecially foster the role of choreographic composition within screendance productions, through two special dedicated awards: Best Choreography and Best Performer.


ZED Festival aims to become a landmark for screendance in Italy by facilitanting immersive creative processes and programming short films & feature films, 360 ° films, VR / AR performances, talks and workshops.

We invite you to participate and explore new performative places together, nurture individual and collective knowledge and generate explosive synergies.

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La call per opere di videodanza è chiusa. Le opere selezionate e premiate saranno visibili nella sezione SELEZIONE ZED 2021 di Zed Festival e sulla piattaforma IVI Interactive Ideas.

Per programmazione e dettagli vedi calendario Zed Festival , ,



1. Screendance Film Competition

dance films, films related to choreography and movement;

short films between 1 and 25 minutes;

films not older than 3 years;

max. 3 submissions per filmmaker.


2. 360° VR Film

films related to dance, choreography and movement, specifically meant to be seen on a VR headset;

no duration limits;

films not older than 5 years;

max. 3 submissions per filmmaker.


WARNING: music videos, trailers or recordings of performances, commercials, home-made videos will not be accepted;




Jury members will be designated by ZED Festival Artistic Direction and will be composed by both dance and cinema representatives. The Jury will assign, among the selected films, two Awards, in cash prizes:

Best Film (1000€)

Best Choreography (750€)

The same jury will assign a special mention to the Best performer.

The Festival’s Audience will assign an Audience Award.






Deadlines for both section:

Open Call Publication: May 7th, 2021

Submission form Opening: May 14th, 2021

Early Bird Deadline: June 10th, 2021 (free)

Regular Deadline: June 30th, 2021 (5€ fee)

Notifications about the film selection 2021 will be sent by August 10th, 2021 and announced online by September 2021.

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