U.Dance on Screen 2018

U.Dance on Screen

Screen your film at U.Dance 2018!

One Dance UK is looking for short-films featuring young dancers, or dance films directed by young filmmakers to present at U.Dance 2018.

Enter your film for consideration by Monday 30 April and have your work viewed by the U.Dance on Screen selection panel including: Omari Carter, Jemma Gould, David McCormick and Rosie Gunn.

Your film will be presented at U.Dance 2018, the National Youth Dance Festival in Ipswich, celebrating the best in youth dance from across the country. Chosen films will be screened in a public space at Jerwood DanceHouse and there is the opportunity for a select number of the chosen films, to be screened as part of the live performances.

Selected U.Dance on Screen films will be added to the One Dance UK YouTube Channel, in a U.Dance On Screen 2018 Playlist. They will also feature on the One Dance UK website for one year following the national festival and be promoted to the One Dance UK members and followers.

So, if selected your film will be showcased to U.Dance participants and audience members at the National Festival and shared with One Dance UK followers, that’s over 100,000 people across the One Dance UK platforms!

How to enter

Simply fill out the U.Dance on Screen entry form, including a link to your work and email to u.dance@onedanceuk.org by Monday 30 April.


  • Monday 30 April
    Deadline to submit
  • After Monday 28 May
    Entrants will be notified
  • Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July 
    Successful films presented as part of U.Dance 2018 at Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich


  • Films supplied must fall into one (or both) of the following categories;
    • Showcase dance work performed by young people aged 5-19 (5-25 if disabled).
    • Showcase the film-making/directorial/producing work of young people aged 11-19 (11-25 if disabled). In this instance the dancers themselves could be older.
  • Films should be no more than 7 minutes long.
  • Entries must come from filmmakers and/or dancers based in the UK.
  • Films must have a dance focus and cannot be staged dance that has been filmed i.e. it must be dance specifically made for film representation.
  • ‘Documentary’ style films are not included in the scope of this project.
  • The person submitting the film must have full rights to distribute the film to One Dance UK for inclusion in U.Dance On Screen and they agree that One Dance UK can upload the film to their online platforms and screen publicly as part of U.Dance 2018.

Meet the selection panel

Omari Carter

Omari has been practicing the art of screendance with screendance production company, The Motion Dance Collective, of which he founded in 2011. His work revolves around combining hip-hop dance influences with contemporary choreographic processes to result in the purposeful orchestration of: the movement of the camera, the movement in front of the camera and the movement of the edit, bringing fresh new screendance work to fruition. Omari’s award-winning short dance-narratives have screened both in the UK and Internationally, as Omari continues to further his practice, through education, production and collaboration with other interdisciplinary artists.

…more on Omari

Rosie Gunn

Rosie Gunn leads the BA (Hons) Digital Film & Screen Arts course at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Her visual practice uses photography and moving image for single screen, multi-screen, projection and print. Throughout her career she has frequently collaborated with dancers. In summer 2016 she choreographed a dance performance ‘In Our Minds’ for the Arts Council funded project Everyday People produced by The Dance Movement. The piece evolved from a research project at the National Archive and video documentation of the performance toured UCA galleries and was screened with a panel discussion at National Archive in Kew in January. In 2013 Rosie collaborated on The Birth Of Stars, an interdisciplinary Arts Council funded dance project, to create and light the performances with a digital video projection that interacts with the music and choreography.

…more on Rosie

David McCormick

David is a practicing artist working in the fields of Dance and Video art. He has worked for a number of the Uk’s leading choreographers including DV8 Physical Theatre, Richard Alston Dance Company, Siobhan Davies Dance and Random Dance Company. He has contributed to a wide range of practice based research projects leading to performance and screened outcomes shown in the UK and abroad. He has conducted research projects for METAL culture on collaborative approaches for artists and art forms, and presented his findings and outcomes to Arts Council England Annual Conference.

…more on David

Jemma Gould

Jemma is a filmmaker, dancer and choreographer working in London and the South East. She is Choreography Assistant for Beyond Repair Dance and has participated in workshops for The Young Vic and Shawbrook (Ireland), creating the piece AirBound for Brook Dance. Jemma choreographed and directed the short film Ground-Mending for Channel 4 Random Acts in 2016; other choreography credits include Eldarin Yeong Studio (Normal Love, Lilian Baylis), the London Studio Centre and the Tabard Theatre.

…more on Jemma