// Next FEST NW + Next Dance Cinema 2015 //


DEC 11-13 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

DEC 7 / 7PM
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave
Looking for applications?
Check back at the beginning of September!

Next Fest NW

  • Application deadline: September 27 / Midnight
  • Works in Progress Showing: November 17 / 3-6PM
  • Tech Week: December 7-11
  • Performances: December 11-13 / 8PM

Next Dance Cinema

  • Application Deadline: November 1 / Midnight
  • Show: December 7

*Note: Next Dance Cinema is a separate application process


“This was dance as I’ve never experienced it before, smelling the shampoo of the woman next to me as she plopped back down in her seat, feeling the heat emanating off her heaving body. Dance is this visceral, this sensual, this mysterious—we just rarely get to experience it that way.”
— Melody Datz, Stranger Slog

“A reliable source for predicting our next breakout dance stars.”
— Seattle Magazine
“If you’re wondering what’s about to come around the corner for new dance in Seattle, this is the place to look.”
— The Stranger 
Next Fest Matt Drews_the Pendleton House_by Tim Summers_07

Photo Tim Summers



Next Fest NW is Velocity’s new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance, movement-based performance and dance cinema in the Northwest. Next NW was established to support new work and investigate different approaches to dance. Through Next Fest NW, Velocity aims to foster a robust dance art community where artists have access to facilities, support and creative exchange. Proposals for installations, performances, live art and other formats welcome.

Each Next Fest NW presents 3-6 artists or collaborative teams, selected through a curated application process, for three public performances. Next Fest NW artists are fully produced in Velocity’s Founders Theater, receive up to 12 hours of free studio rehearsal time, receive a guaranteed honorarium; and benefit from promotional, administrative and technical support.


*Note: Next Dance Cinema is a separate application process.


about Next Dance Cinema

Molly Sides_film still from Alternator by Rodrigo Valenzuela + Molly Sides

Photo Rodrigo Valenzuela + Molly Sides

Velocity and Northwest Film Forum pair up to present Next Dance Cinema, founded by Velocity in 2006 to offer dance lovers and film lovers alike insight into how contemporary dance continues to expand the possibilities of the screen.

Next Dance Cinema is accepting submissions from NW artists and filmmakers around the globe. Artists are invited to submit innovative works of screen dance that reflect the body in motion or dance-based performance. Next Dance Cinema is part of Next Fest NW, Velocity’s annual new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance performance and cinema. Selected works will be screened at Northwest Film Forum.

Video will be accepted in the following categories: staged work remade for the camera (not documentation), choreography created specifically for the camera, as well as the moving body articulated through animation and new media. All work must be no longer than 30 minutes in length. Next Dance Cinema artists benefit from the promotional, administrative and technical support of Velocity and Northwest Film Forum.

Who can apply?

  • National + International artists over the age of 18 / no fee

Entry Guidelines:

  •    Fill out the online submission form.
  •    Preview screeners must be submitted electronically on the submission form via screening links (e.g. Vimeo, Google, YouTube). If chosen, work must be available on DVD, MiniDV, DVCAM, BETA SP or as a high-resolution file.
  •   Submissions should be 30 minutes or shorter in length


Applications open soon; check back!

Direct inquiries to:
Cait Wyler, Velocity Program Coordinator, cait@velocitydancecenter.org 




1,959 total views, 2 views today