VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | Dates to be Announced in Feb 2024

37th Annual | VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | Dates to be Announced in Feb 2024

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by Melissa Zhu on April 26, 2022

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2022 Call for Entries

Early Bird Deadline For Filmmakers Set for June 6; Regular Deadline June 22

Fees Waived For Virginia Residents and Students at Virginia Schools

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – April 26, 2022 – The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it has launched its Call for Entries for the 2022 VAFF, which will take place from November 2-6 in Charlottesville.

The Virginia Film Festival is a program of the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts.

Once again this year, all Virginia residents and students at Virginia schools are eligible to have their entry fees waived. The fees for non-Virginia filmmakers submitting by the Early Bird deadline of Monday, June 6 will be $30 for features and $10 for short submissions. Those submitting by the regular deadline of Wednesday, June 22 may do so for $50 for features and $25 for shorts. The fee for students outside of Virginia to submit a film in any category is $10.

Filmmakers will be notified of their entry status by September 20. For complete submission information and waiver codes, visit All questions should be submitted to

“The opening of the Call for Entries is an exciting moment, both for the global filmmaker community and for the Virginia Film Festival,” said VAFF Senior Programmer Ilya Tovbis. “We are looking forward to discovering new artistic voices, bold and expansive cinema, and a diverse collection of impactful stories from filmmakers all over the world.”

Once again this year, Tovbis added, the Festival team is excited about spotlighting the outstanding filmmaking talent around the world, as well as right here in the Commonwealth. “We are always looking to deepen our connections to Virginia’s rich filmmaking tradition,” he said, “and to support local projects and the independent cinema coming out of the state—we hope and expect that many Virginia-based artists will take us up on the submission waivers granted to in-state residents.”

For more information on the Virginia Film Festival, visit