The Jack Grapes Poetry Contest is now closed for submissions. Winners announced October 12. Go to Cultural Weekly online.

$20.00
  • Each dance film must take place in a public space (e.g. city street, parking lot, alley, public building, beach, bus or train terminal, museum, station, etc. however not inside a studio, on a stage, or in a private building or house). Please note that the visible presence of passersby/members of the public at large is preferred but not mandatory. 
  • There are 3 submission categories for films:  

a) Polished:  Films in which filmmakers intentionally create and/or pre-conceptualize the choreography and filmic approach in response to a public site or space, keeping the space, and/or its usage in mind. 

b) Raw:  Films in which filmmakers capture a dancer or dance event that is happening within a public space in a more spontaneous and/or random way. 

c) Student:  Films in either category submitted by a student 17 years and older.  When submitting, please note the category in which you are requesting consideration.  If you do not note judges will assign the film a category.

  • Each film must be posted on YouTube. The title line must include the hashtags #DareToDance #ScreenDanceDiaries #CulturalWeekly and#DemocratizeDance. You must include the YouTube link in your submission form. 
  • Each submission must not exceed 5 minutes 30 seconds in length (5:30). 
  • Deadline for final submission is 11:59 pm Pacific Time on November 27, 2017.
  • Submission/processing fee is $20 per entry.
  • Submissions will be judged based to a greater or lesser degree (depending on the submission category) on the quality of choreography, concept, originality, use of space, and interface of dance with the camera.
  • Awards will be given in 6 categories, with five categories being determined by the judges as follows:
a) Best Interface of Dance & Camera
b) Best Original Dance/Choreography
c) Best Use of Location
d) Best Overall Performance
e) Best Student Film in either category 
(student films will be judged taking into consideration elements of the above criteria as well as overall talent, apparent promise, and general creativity. 
f) Audience Choice Award, and will be determined by the number of YouTube "Likes" your video receives.
  • Winners will receive a minimum $50 cash prize (exact amounts TBA), and winners in each category will have their dance shorts & a brief write-up featured in Cultural Weekly's column ScreenDance Diaries when winning films are announced
  • By submitting your entry, you affirm that the work is entirely your own and that you have the agreement and/or permission of all involved, as well as the permission to use it. This includes rights to use music. Please be aware that YouTube may take down copyrighted music that is used without permission.