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The Kaizen Creative Film Festival is the first street dance focused film festival that celebrates the collaboration between filmmakers and dancers.

This year we will be curating a platform for filmmakers and street dancers to showcase their work on the big screen at the Chinatown Cinema opposite O2 Studios. This is a great opportunity for both established and up-and-coming filmmakers to have their work presented in front of an audience and displayed online across all of the FLYING ART STUDIOS® social media channels. 

This will also be a great event to learn from and network with other likeminded filmmakers and dancers who share a passion for cinema.



  • Dance Film (5mins and under) 

  • Short Film/Documentary - Any Genre (8mins - 10mins)


  • Best Directing

  • Best Choreography

  • Best Cinematography

  • Best Editing

  • Best Film

  • Student Award

Judging Criteria (Dance) 

  • Directing 20%

  • Choreography 20% 

  • Cinematography 20%

  • Editing 20%

  • Creativity + Storytelling 20%

Submission dates:

Open May 15th - June 11th (Early submission)

Open June 12th - June 30th (General submission)

June 30th - July 14th (Late Submission)



Kaizen (改善) is the Japanese business philosophy of gaining satisfaction through continuous improvement. 

Through continuously improving at our craft of filmmaking and creativity everyday, we established the Kaizen Creative Workshops as a way of giving back and sharing our knowledge of filmmaking to build a stronger creative community and inspire the next generation of filmmakers in Melbourne.



Filmmaking Course 

This year we will be holding a 3-part course which leads to a final film to be displayed at the Kaizen Creative Film Festival on the big screen. These films will be screened as a part of the student showcases.


Workshop 1: Concept Development - Directing + Producing (9/9)

Workshop 2: Film Production - Directing + Cinematography

Workshop 3: Editing + Motion Graphics

Location: 1 Queens Rd, Melbourne 3000


$299 for 3 workshops and film submission

Contact to enquire 









Terms & Conditions / Submission Requirements 

  • Filmmakers must hold all relevant rights (like music) for the film including both world-wide digital broadcast and in-person screenings.

  • Have been completed within the last 2 years (from 1 January 2021)

  • Have a relationship to dance or choreography in regards to creative direction.

  • Entrants must agree to their film being uploaded to the Flying Art Studios website, shown online on Vimeo/Youtube channel and at the festival organiser’s discretion unless stated otherwise and/or discussed with Flying Art Studios.

  • By entering Kaizen Creative Film Festival, you agree to allow your film to be screened as part of our festival if selected as well as any subsequent tours of our programs and on all social media platforms.

  • You must have all relevant documentation for legal consent for all individuals included in the film.

  • All students must show relevant student I.D to submit

  • Organisers must be notified of any potential offensive material shown in films. A disclaimer will be attached to the film if selected.

To submit your work for Official Selection, you will be asked to provide:

  • A link (ideally, Vimeo or similar) to the full screen dance work at no less than Full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution at widescreen 16:9 ratio. We recommend links are password protected. The film must also be exported in DCP format to play.

  • A synopsis and credits for the work.

  • Hero Images (max 3) — either frames from the feature or production stills — to represent your film (ideally landscape 300 dpi @ 1920 x 1080)

  • Film Poster

If selected, Kaizen Creative Film Festival request a trailer and/or 3 x 15 second grabs of HD video footage of the film for promotional purposes (Full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution at widescreen 16:9 ratio).

Pricing (Submissions)

Early Submission - $20

General Submission - $30

Student (Must have Uni Card) - $25

Late submission - $40

Submit your film

Your submission has been successful! We will be in touch if your film has been selected.

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