VFF_Sat2011_TomDaly_155Call for Entries

The 27th annual Virginia Film Festival is launching its 2014 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works. The 2014 VFF will run November 6-9, and the deadline for submission is Friday, July 25, with an extended deadline of Friday, August 22. Accepted films will be eligible for category-specific Audience Awards and Programmer’s Choice Awards. Filmmakers will be notified of their acceptance status by October 3.

Before submitting, please read the guidelines below. Complete an online entry form below, or download and fill out the .pdf version to mail in with your screener and payment.  All physical materials must be clearly labeled with the name of the film and the person submitting.

If you have any questions, please contact Wesley Harris at wesleyharris@virginia.edu or 434-243-6830.


Features (50 min. and above)
$35 – Regular Deadline (postmarked by July 25)
$50 – Extended Deadline (postmarked by August 22)
$10 – out of state students
FREE for Virginia residents & students

Shorts (under 50 min.)
$15 – Regular Deadline (postmarked by July 25)
$25 – Extended Deadline (postmarked by August 22)
$10 – out of state students
FREE for Virginia residents & students


Submissions must contain: entry form, full payment, preview screener. Entry fees may be paid via check or money order made out to “UVA – Virginia Film Festival” or by secure online credit card payment via the University of Virginia’s Arts Box Office. We are not able to accept payment via PayPal. Students must also include proof of student status at the time of the film’s production in the form of a photocopied student ID. Incomplete submissions will not be processed or considered.

Submission packets must be mailed to:

If mailing via USPS:
Virginia Film Festival
attn: Wesley Harris
PO Box 400869
Charlottesville, VA 22904

If mailing via FedEx or UPS:
Virginia Film Festival
attn: Wesley Harris
617 West Main Street, 2nd Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Films must be submitted on EITHER a single DVD (NTSC Region 0 or 1 ONLY) OR as an online screener. For online screeners, provide the url in the ‘Preview Format’ field on the entry form. For online screeners, the preferred format is a private Vimeo link. The Virginia Film Festival is not accepting submissions via Withoutabox.

Films not in English must include English subtitles.

The cost of shipping an entry must be paid by the entrant. DVD screeners will not be returned.

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 waive entry fees.

The Virginia Film Festival does NOT offer “notes” or specific critique of any films not accepted for exhibition, and reserves the right to reject any submission without providing explanation or justification.

If the entry form does not appear below, please click here.

2013 Virginia Film Festival

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