Submit your film

Through art, the work of choreographers, dancers and filmmakers should inspire our communities to discover our shared humanity.

​Films submitted to the festival should reflect the beauty and synchronicity between the choreography of dance with the choreography of cinematography.

Narrative films of any length are eligible, as well as documentary films that capture stories from and around the world of dance.

The Rethink Dance Film Festival showcases artists in front of and behind the camera working to challenge the traditional structures of choreographic storytelling and artistic expression.

This category covers photographs from competitive events, social causes or gatherings, traditions or cultures.

This category includes dance imagery featuring bridges, buildings, cityscapes, historic landmarks, interiors or industrial sites.

This category should portray artistry of nature photography.

This category should highlight the most compelling imagery — illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, hate, compassion, human rights failures or victories in ways small and large. The photos should inspire people to get involved and take a stand for human rights.

photography categories

Narrative Short Film
Narrative Fiction Short Films less than 45 minutes. This is a juried competition category.

Narrative Feature Film
Documentary Short Film
Documentary Short Films less than 45 minutes. This is a juried competition category.

Documentary Feature Film

Animation / Experimental Film
Animated or experimental films. This is a juried competition category.

Ballet Short Film

Student Choreographers & Filmmakers
The Student Filmmaker’s category pays special attention to young choreographers and filmmakers. This is a juried competition category.

Youth Choreographers & Filmmakers (Ages 13-19)

Mobile Dance Films

Youth Dance Films (Ages 13-19)

Dance Music Video

Photography Contest

film categories

Each category within the festival will host a juried competition for "Best of...".

Additionally, an executive committee will award a "Best of Show" award annually to recognize a work with high artistic and informational value. Additional awards may be given within each category at the judgment of the jury (i.e. best cinematographer, editing, sound, etc.).

Filmmakers who have their films selected for the festival will receive an admissions package to the festival.


Entry fees are non-refundable.

Filmmakers and artist must be authorized to submit their films to RTDFF, and have appropriate permissions and clearances for their films or art pieces.

Once selected as a part of the official festival, a film may not pull out of the festival or withdraw its submission.

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Bio coming soon! 

hailey wilmer

Craig is the Director of Theatre Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he teaches in the area of acting, directing, musical theatre, movement and dance. 

 During his recent sabbatical he finished the Professional Training Program, a year-long study, with the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Minnesota State University Mankato.

 "Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I may not remember,
Involve me and I will understand."
~ Anonymous

Craig Ellingson

Teuila Hughes is a Samoan-Australian dance artist, educator, and emerging researcher based in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her work has moved her through diverse cultural contexts that include Chine, Hawaii, and Samoa.

Growing up in Fiji, Teuila was engaged in the learning and performing of various Pacific dance styles before moving to Aotearoa at the age of 17 to pursue a career in dance. She completed her Undergraduate and Master's degree in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland and has since moved on to undertake her doctoral studies.

While still in the process of completing her Ph.D.,Teuila is a graduate teacher in the Dance Studies program at the University of Auckland, delivering dance courses specific to Oceanic content and methodologies. As a dance artist, she locates herself within works that seek to foster embodied connections to place towards strengthening identities and communities. 

Teuila hughes

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Rethink Dance Youth Film Festival (RTDYFF) is a film festival in March open to middle and high school youth.

Youth Festival