Joie de Vivre – Open call for Short Dance Films with Older Dancers

A chance to celebrate dance on film and recognise works performed by older dancers…

‘Where maturity is perceived as an asset’
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian 

Deadline: Tuesday 21 June 2016, 12.00 noon
Please send to Zannah Doan, Regional Producer, at

Please read the criteria, competition details and background information before completing and submitting your application.

Length of film: under 5 minutes
Subject of film: Dance films featuring dancers aged over 50.
Age of film: the film should have been created in the last 3 years.
Intention: Dance films in which creative works are made especially for film rather than being edited films of workshops or performances.
Categories: There two categories are (1) creative films and (2) documentary films.
Format: MP4
Number of entries: Only 1 film can be submitted per company.
Judging: The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
Deadline: 12noon Tuesday 21 June 2016 (Midsummer’s Day)
Application process: Please send the film to along with the completed application form. Use We Transfer or email to send your email and film.
Contact Zannah Doan at or on 07443 583046 to find out more.

Competition Details
Awards: PDSW Joie de Vivre Gold Award 2015 ; PDSW Joie de Vivre Silver Award 2015 ; PDSW Joie de Vivre Bronze Award 2015; PDSW Joie de Vivre Runner Up Award 2015
Judging: The judges will be : Jane Hackett, Bob Lockyer, Diane Amans, Fergus Early, Zannah Doan (Chair of the panel).

Short dance films should be under 5 minutes long and either creative or documentary. You will need to specify which category you are entering.
PDSW are looking for films of performances or workshops or those created for evaluation but are specifically looking at work created for film.

The judges will be looking for a film that conveys a story or emotion or is beautiful or thought-provoking. It must work well in its entirety and demonstrate the potential for work created by or with older dancers. PDSW recognise that there will be a mix of work by trained and untrained dancers and are looking at the overall film rather than at technique.

Timeline and screenings: The winning films will be announced on 1 August 2016 and featured on the PDSW website. They will be shown at the Joie de Vivre Dance in Time event on 9 October at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth and at a range of events and venues over the next 3 years. PDSW will add details of where they will be shown to the website as and when have arrangements are in place. Screenings will use your credits and they will be shared freely to celebrate older people dancing.

See the website for further details.