Welcome to Dance Film SF

Founded in 2010, Dance Film SF is a nonprofit organization that brings dance to new audiences through the presentation and development of dance-based media. In addition to presenting the award-winning San Francisco Dance Film Festival, DFSF’s year-round activities include special screenings, panels, and filmmaking workshops. Through our touring and outreach programs, we send highlight reels to international screens and dance media into local schools. DFSF also produces original dance films through our Co-Laboratory program, matching top choreographers with professional filmmakers and creating the time, space, and budget for them to collaborate.

2021 Call for Submissions

Submissions for our 2021 Festival are open! Details about submitting can be found on our Submissions page or on FilmFreeway.

Artists bring people together, no matter the art form. From live dance, to concerts, theater, and film screenings, people gather to experience the power and hope of artistic expression. Under the current crisis, these experiences are painfully disrupted. Yet, with your help, we at Dance Film SF are determined to weather the storm and continue to find unique ways to bring people together to celebrate the beauty and power of dance through film.

As we close the final weeks of 2020, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to help us plan for an exciting new season of dance + films. Everything we do is only possible thanks to generous dance film lovers like you! And for all those of you who supported us this year, a heartfelt thank you. DONATE TODAY!

2020 Festival Award Winners

2020 Award Winners

We’re truly thrilled to share the award winners for our 2020 Festival! Our independent award jury selected winners in each of the following categories. As this announcement comes on the last day of the festival, you still have until 11:59pm PST tonight (Sunday) to watch the award winners and all other films! We’ve discounted our festival pass to for the final day of the festival. Book now and enjoy!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the 2020 festival winners.

Embodiment Award

In 2019 the SF Dance Film Festival introduced its first Embodiment award to acknowledge the achievements and influence of artists or organizations who have significantly contributed to the diverse, rich and interconnected community of dance and filmmaking. SFDFF is pleased to give the 2020 Embodiment Award to YAK Films for their significant role in bringing worldwide recognition to street dance.

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2020 Festival Trailer


Hunger film still, directed by Manu Herrera

SFDFF Co-Presents Hunger

We are excited to co-present ‘Hunger’ at the 2021 San Francisco IndieFest! This bold new dance-horror film stars Judah Vivancos (of Los Vivancos) as a dancer who discovers a disturbing new desire.

2020 Embodiment Award Winner YAK Films

Embodiment Award

SFDFF is pleased to give the 2020 Embodiment Award to YAK Films for their significant role in bringing worldwide recognition and appreciation of street dance to the larger cultural landscape.

2020 Festival Award Winners

2020 Award Winners

We are pleased to present the awards for the 11th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. The six awards were chosen by a group of independent jury members.

SFDFF 2020 Virtual Red Carpet

SFDFF Bonus Programs

To enhance our fantastic lineup of films, we’ve created signature talks to accompany select programs. Join hoofer Jason Samuels Smith, the creative teams behind Revisor, Uprooted and more!

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