Frame Dance has two open calls for Filmmakers and Composers.

1. Frame Dance is committed to providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to share their work with the world, inspiring creativity and innovation. 

Frame x Frame Film Fest is open to films of 8 minutes or less that explore the relationship of the moving body and the camera. Films will be selected based on the quality of the image, sound, the choreography of the body as well as the choreography of the camera. Frame Dance's Frame x Frame Film Fest is in partnership with Houston Ballet and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and this year's festival will be held October 4 - 6, 2019.


2. Frame Dance is committed to 100% new music. 

Frame Dance is committed to using new, original music in all its productions. Frame Dance has held an annual competition since 2011 to  select pieces of music for its upcoming season. The competition offers  outstanding, emerging composers a forum for their recognition as well as  an opportunity to collaborate with the dance performance company. The  winning composer’s music – a completed, unpublished piece, becomes the  basis of a new original work at Frame Dance – film and/or live  performance. This successful competition has attracted exciting new  composers from the U.S. and across the world to collaborate with Frame Dance. Houstonians are exposed to the work of new composers who, in  turn, have their music fully produced and choreographed. Some of these  collaborations have become particularly fruitful and have spurred even  more work with Frame Dance.

To view past winners, click here.

Frame x Frame Dance Film Fest aims to bring dance filmmaking to Houston audiences while providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to share their work with the world, inspiring creativity and innovation.

Frame x Frame is open to films of 8 minutes or less that explore the relationship of the moving body and the camera. Films will be selected based on the quality of the image, sound, and the choreography of the body the camera.

The festival will be held in Houston, Texas from October 4 - 6, 2019  in partnership with Frame Dance, Houston Ballet, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Festival schedule coming soon on our website.

Frame Dance Productions announces its competition to select 1-3 pieces of music for its upcoming 2019-20 season. Its two-fold purpose is to offer outstanding emerging composers a  forum for their recognition as well as an opportunity to collaborate  with the dance performance company, Frame Dance. We are looking for completed pieces.

Award and Performance
The winning composers' music will be the basis of new original work– film and/or live performance, and your music will be exposed to new audiences. The composer and music will be featured prominently as a collaborator with Frame Dance Productions.  There are often press opportunities to increase the composer’s visibility as well as the possibility of future commissions. The composer will, in essence, have a fully produced dance work centered around his/her music.

Eligibility
All composers who are U.S. residents are eligible. We make every effort to bring in the composer for the premiere, international flights are out of our budget. We hope this changes soon!

Submission Guidelines
Works may be written for solo, duo, trio, or quartet.
Acoustic works that utilize electronic playback are also acceptable.
Electronic music is accepted and encouraged.

We usually select 1 - 3 pieces each year. We are looking specifically for a solo cello piece, but are interested in other pieces that fit the above criteria.


Interested composers should submit:
 • a recording of the piece(s) NO MIDI files will be considered; please include instrumentation in the notes. We require a recording for rehearsal purposes.
 • a biography

Entry Fee and Deadline
The entry fee is $15.00. Composers may submit one, two, or three pieces for the single entry fee.
The deadline is Wednesday, August 14, 2019. The winning composition will be announced on Frame Dance's social media platforms September 30, 2019.

For more information on Frame Dance Productions, please visit FrameDance.org.
By submitting a composition to this competition, you hereby grant Frame  Dance Productions a royalty free, fully paid up right and license to  use, have used, copy, make derivative works, perform, and have performed the submitted composition, including the score and any audio recordings thereof, if such composition is selected as a winner of the  competition (the “License”). By submitting a composition to this competition, you hereby represent and warrant that you have the right and authority to grant the License.  

Past Winners

 2018: Karl Blench, Daniel Harrison, Joshua Hey
 2017: Charles Peck, Timothy Roy, Scott Rubin
 2016: Sam L. Richards, Panayiotis Kokoras
 2015: Alex Freeman, Gabriel Bolanos, Leah Reid, Joel Love
 2014: Robert Honstein, Matthew Peterson, Jonathan Russell, D. Edward Davis
 2013: Robert McClure
 2012: Charles Halka
 2011: Micah Clark

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What length are you looking for?
A: We are flexible!  Probably nothing under three minutes or over 20  minutes.

Q: What do you mean that I grant Frame Dance to "make derivative works" if I am selected as a winner?
A: We often make promotional videos and utilize the composers' music--  sometimes in its entirety and sometimes as an excerpt.  We have no intention of cutting up your music and reworking it, but we do present clips in things like promotional videos.

Q: Will my music be performed live with Frame Dance?
A: Yes, we make every effort to present your work live. We work with musicians from Rice University, Baylor University, and the University of Houston and are frequent collaborators with Lagan Percussion and Axiom Quartet.  We often perform in non-traditional spaces, and if we re-set the work for one of these spaces it may not always allow for live performance. This is another reason why an excellent recording at the time of submission is important. We try to perform your works as much as possible, to expose you and Frame Dance to new audiences, and this means doing it  with live musicians and occasionally the recording.

Frame Dance Productions