ADF’s Movies by Movers

ADF Movies by Movers 2020 Online Festival happens here!
Beginning june 15!

Join us on Sunday afternoons for discussions with artists from the week’s films from 2-3pm.
Each Monday, get your film screening and discussion Zoom links here.


Moving images, moving bodies. Movement and film just go together. From the early experiments of artists like Loie Fuller and physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin, to the lush spectacle of the movie musicals of the 1930s and 40s starring dancer/choreographers like Bill Bojangles Robinson and Fred Astaire, to the avant garde movement with the likes of Maya Daren and Merce Cunningham, to Michael Jackson’s Thriller – moving bodies and the camera have shared an ongoing, dynamic conversation.

ADF’s International Screendance Festival, founded in 1996, and Movies by Movers, founded in 2010, have screened over 500 films combined. In 2016, the two festivals merged and launched ADF’s 21st year of celebrating screen dance.

ADF’s Movies By Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. We love sharing the history of the collaboration between the ephemeral art of live movement and the perpetual nature of film. And we love receiving new expressions of these forms from all over the world from artists like you. Students, emerging artists, seasoned professionals, even those who would not consider themselves “artists,” but have great ideas, find room on our screens to share their craft.

While ADF’s Movies By Movers is by all accounts, a dance film festival, our definition of dance is broad and includes whatever you consider to be dance. Modern dance, ballet, jazz, cirque, parkour, skating, sports. We love it all. We screen it all! We also love all genres of filmmaking – experimental and digital technologies, documentary, choreography for the camera, animation, and student work. We invite you to keep us on our toes – literally – and help us keep pushing boundaries and redefining definitions

Institutional Partnership Program

ADF’s Movies By Movers now offers collegiate institutions an opportunity to screen official festival selections on campus. Screenings come curated and ready to present in a format that best fits your needs. Three program options are available. Click here for more information.


Director and curator, Cara Hagan, is a professional artist of many genres. She has had the pleasure of presenting her work on stage, on screen, and in educational settings across the US and abroad. Most recently, Cara’s creative work has been seen on stage at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in installation at the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, on screen at the Thurrock International Film Festival, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and the San Francisco Doc Fest, and in several forms at Appalachian State University, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Dance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Ms. Hagan is a 2014-2015 recipient of the NCAC Choreographic Fellowship Award. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Sustainability in the Arts Grant and a 2015 University Research Council Award, both from Appalachian State University. Ms. Hagan’s most recent scholarly contribution includes a chapter in the forthcoming anthology, Dance’s Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures.