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Posted on January 7, 2013

film reel is now accepting submissions for Essential Dance Film, a collection of features and shorts by choreographers and filmmakers around the world.

Capturing dance on film is as old as the art of film itself: the first dance films were created by the Lumière Brothers in 1895. Essential Dance Film showcases the state of dance film today by presenting a curated selection of films, including works by festival winners, Hollywood veterans and emerging filmmakers. It builds on the original Essential Dance Film collection, a series of nine dance shorts released by in 2010. The expanded and newly rebranded channel now releases new films each week via’s digital platform partners. Essential Dance Film is available on the popular US platform, Hulu, and is mirrored on a branded YouTube show page that is available to audiences worldwide.

If you would like your film to be considered for Essential Dance Film, email with the following information:


Title of film

Year and place of premiere

Screening history

Type of source video (such as Beta, Digibeta, Apple Pro Res)

Link to a clip (if available)

Confirmation of music rights


The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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