YEAR 21
JUNE 7 - 17, 2018
TCL CHINESE THEATRES

Dances With Films, now in its 21st year, champions the unflinching spirit at the very core of the independent film scene. While the vast majority of film fests rely heavily on celebrity, we have relied on the innovation, talent, creativity and sweat equity that revolutionized the entertainment industry. And that reliance continues to prove successful with alumni moving on to write, direct and produce celebrity-studded vehicles, star in blockbuster movies and television series, produce multi-million dollar films and create hit TV shows. Oh.... and we even have several OSCAR® nominees... In a world of homogenized, formulaic film festivals, DWF continues to defy the rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WANT TO KNOW
HOW DWF PROGRAMS?

If you know anything about DWF... we are transparent.  In that spirit we are once again bringing back our very casual LIVE FROM THE DANCE FLOOR sessions each Sunday evening around 8-ish (PST) on Facebook.  Every week our selections committee meets to go through submissions and discuss trends that we are seeing as we look forward to a lot of amazing work coming in from all over the world.  So if you are a little bit curious as to how we select films for DWF each year or want to get some submission tips - tune in this Sunday!

A QUICK LOOK 
BACK AT DWF 2017

Seems like just yesterday - but here's a quick look back at last year's fest!

ONE LESS GOD and LA SIRENA TAKE TOP AWARDS

VIEW THE COMPLETE WINNERS LIST

The 20th edition of the fiercely independent film festival Dances With Films (DWF) concluded on Sunday evening (June 11) with a closing night celebration at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood where the excitement was electric throughout the arena. Filmmakers and VIP guests enjoyed the festival’s signature green carpet, awards ceremony, and a party featuring live music by Daniel Morris & Saizon Trio. Screening as the closing night film was the world premiere of AUSTIN FOUND from filmmaker Will Raée.

DWF TRAILER 2017

CHECK OUT last year's festival trailer - created by alum Jeffrey Williams.  It's a spectacular representation of the 2017 line up!

ALUMNI NEWS!

SHORTWAVE 
NOW OUT ON VID

Written & directed by Ryan Gregory Phillips - SHORTWAVE had it's world premiere with DWF in 2016 - afterwhich it went on to win 18 of it's 23 additional festivals.  Have a look at Ryan's interview on Shock Ya!

A WINTER ROSE 
and BILLBOARD HITS

Opening night film at DWF19 brought us A WINTER ROSE, written & directed by DWF alum Riz Story.  It went on to spawn no less than 6 Top Ten Songs on the BILLBOARD Hot Singles Chart!  Now available on VUDU - iTunes - Amazon - GooglePay and Mircrosoft.  READ MORE

ESPIONAGE TONIGHT 
RELEASED THROUGH ORCHARD

Writer/Director Rob Gordon Bralver's political satire - and his narrative debut - ESPIONAGE TONIGHT (which had it's world premiere at the 2017 festival) is now out on VOD.  Check it out!

IMITATION GIRL 
HITS THEATRES NEXT SPRING

2017 competition feature IMITATION GIRL, written & directed by Natasha Kermani, will be out next spring via Dread Central Presents.

GRAND JURY WINNER 
PICKED UP BY MULTIVISIONNAIRE

2017 Grand Jury and Industry Choice Award winner ONE LESS GOD, written & directed by Lliam Worthington, which had it's world premiere with DWF has been picked up and set to hit cinemas this month!  READ MORE 

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