A program of uvalofo-vff

How to Submit Your Film

We’ve Extended Call for Entries 2022! Final deadline for submissions is 5pm ET on July 18.

To be considered, you must submit your film through our Film Freeway portal linked below.

While the VAFF is primarily a non-competitive Festival, we do offer category-specific awards, including our Programmers’ Awards and our Audience Awards for which moviegoers vote via ballots.

If a film is accepted, press materials for the film will be required in a timely manner, 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 vaffsubmissions@virginia.edu

Deadlines & Submission Fees

Dates
Early Bird Deadline – June 6, 2022
Regular Deadline – June 27, 2022
Extended (Final) Deadline – July 18, 2022
Notification Date – September 20, 2022

Features (31 min. and above)
$30 – Early Bird Deadline
$50 – Regular Deadline
$60 – Extended (Final) Deadline
FREE for Virginia residents and students at VA schools

Shorts (30 min. and under)
$10 – Early Bird Deadline
$25 – Regular Deadline
$30 – Extended (Final) 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 22VAFF35studentcv22 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 2022VA35FFVAresident when you complete your submission on FilmFreeway.