The Vail Film Festival takes submissions via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.

 
 

The 13th annual Vail Film Festival, set in Vail, Colorado, America's top ski resort, will be held April 7 - 10, 2016. The Vail Film Festival has been named "One of the Top 10 Destination Film Festivals" by MovieMaker magazine.

The 2016 festival will screen Feature Films, Shorts, Documentaries, and Student Films as well as a special showcase of Mexican Narrative & Documentary Feature Films. The festival fosters filmmakers through Panel Discussions, a daily Hospitality Lounge, Nightly Parties, and networking opportunities with leading film industry professionals.

Awards & Prizes

The Vail Film Festival offers the following awards:

  • Best Feature
  • Best Mexican Feature
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Mexican Documentary
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Student Film
  • Audience Award

Award details: Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Film Competition Winners, and listing the film as the best film winner in that category for the 2016 Vail Film Festival. Announcement at the Official Awards Ceremony covered by national media. Announcement in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2017 Vail Film Festival. Award presented at Awards Ceremony .

Rules & Terms

Filmmakers must have the rights to their films, and through submitting thereby grant the Vail Film Festival the right to screen their film. All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

Digital submissions only. We don't accept physical submissions. All films must be viewable as online screeners.

All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators and selection committee, however, not all entries will be programmed. The festival will not pay an exhibition fee for any accepted entries initially submitted through our general Call for Entries. The VFF may screen any accepted entries up to three times during the festival dates at any of our exhibition venues.

Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2014. Fee waivers will be granted on a case by case basis and almost exclusively to non-profit organizations and international cultural/educational organizations.

For more information please email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

The Vail Film Festival takes submissions via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.

 

2016 Film Deadlines & Submission Fees:

All films should be submitted through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.  Rules and Guidelines posted on Withoutabox & FilmFreeway.

Earlybird Deadline: November 16, 2015

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $50 fee / $45 WAB Discounted Fee
  • Short Narratives & Docs: $40 fee / $35 WAB Discounted Fee  
  • Student: $35 fee / $30 WAB Discounted Fee

Regular Deadline: December 4, 2015

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $60 fee / $55 WAB Discounted Fee
  • Short Narratives & Docs: $50 fee / $45 WAB Discounted Fee  
  • Student: $40 fee / $35 WAB Discounted Fee

Late Deadline: December 30, 2015

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $65 fee / $60 WAB Discounted Fee
  • Short Narratives & Docs: $55 fee / $50 WAB Discounted Fee  
  • Student: $45 fee / $40 WAB Discounted Fee

Extended Deadline: January 8, 2016

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $70 fee / $65 WAB Discounted Fee
  • Short Narratives & Docs: $60 fee / $55 WAB Discounted Fee  
  • Student: $50 fee / $45 WAB Discounted Fee

FILMMAKERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE AROUND FEBRUARY 15th, 2016.