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Submissions are open for the inaugural IDFFA Schools Festival, a platform for secondary dance schools and students to explore their creativity in film.


Six months ago, Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia (IDFFA) opened its online submissions. The inaugural festival was created to provide a platform for dancers, choreographers and filmmakers to explore their creativity on film. It has already received forty-four film submissions from fourteen different countries across the globe.  

Now the IDFFA Schools Festival has been created as a separate festival so that part-time, full-time, and secondary dance schools and students can expand their creativity and explore, bold, innovative concepts on film. 

The co-founders of both Festivals are Ian Knowles and Rohan Seinor, both experienced professional dancers backed by extensive careers both nationally and internationally. They believe there has been a missed opportunity in Australia to celebrate dance on film. Organising this festival is a way to give back to the industry they love

The Schools Festival will be held alongside the IDFFA gala screening Sunday, 8 November 2020. Tickets for the Festival will go on sale in late September 2020. 

IDFFA supports Cure Brain Cancer Foundation with a portion of ticket sales going to support this charity. The foundation has special significance to co-founder Ian Knowles who was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour (Glioblastoma Multiforme) in 2013. He is one of the lucky survivors and is grateful to be able to inspire and encourage the dance industry while helping to fund brain cancer research. 

Submissions are open for both festivals until the extedned deadline of Saturday, 20 September 2020.


"A huge part of my creative inspiration has always come from seeing incredible stories unfold on film, and when this is coupled with the medium of dance, the emotional impact can be truly breathtaking. Filming dance has now become such a huge part of my life and choreographing that camera around amazing dancers is one of the most artistically satisfying experiences I could have ever wished for. I am so incredibly honoured to be an ambassador of the Inspired Dance Film Festival Australia and can't wait to see the magic that can be creates," stated ambassador, Jason Gilkison 

Both festivals are supported by ambassadors Todd McKenney, Kelley Abbey, Jason Gilkison, Sarah Boulter, Dein Perry, Deborah Brown, Aaron Cash and Stephen Tannos. 

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