Call for Entries

Our Call for Entries is now closed to submissions for the year. Thank you to all who have submitted films for consideration! We are now deep into the deliberation and programming process, and we will be notifying filmmakers on a rolling basis as we approach the final notification date in late September.

We are looking forward to celebrating 30 years of the Virginia Film Festival this November 9-12 in Charlottesville!

How to Submit Your Film

The 2017 Call for Entries is now closed. 

Accepted films will be eligible for category-specific Audience Awards and Programmer’s Awards. Before submitting, please read through the details below and on our FilmFreeway listing.

If a film is accepted, press materials for the film will be required, which can include but may not be limited to: high-resolution publicity stills, filmmaker bio, or online trailer. The Virginia Film Festival does not offer “notes” or specific critique of any films not accepted for exhibition, and reserves the right to not accept a submission for any reason.

If you have any questions about submitting your film, please email VFF Programmer Wesley Harris at wesleyharris@virginia.edu.

Submission Fees


Features
 (50 min. and above)
$35 – Regular Deadline
$50 – Extended Deadline
FREE for Virginia residents and students at VA schools


Shorts 
(under 50 min.)
$15 – Regular Deadline
$25 – Extended Deadline
FREE for Virginia residents and students at VA schools

Discounts for Students & VA Residents

Students outside Virginia are able to submit projects in all categories for a discounted rate of $10. In order to qualify, you must upload a scanned valid student ID with your project, and enter the discount code 17VFF30STUDENT when you complete your submission on FilmFreeway.

Virginia residents (including students at VA schools) are eligible to have their entry fee waived. In order to receive the VA resident fee waiver, the address you list in your submission must be in Virginia, and you must enter the code VIRGINIA2017residentVFF when you complete your submission on FilmFreeway.