2018 Film Submissions ARE OPEN

We take submissions via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.

The 15th annual Vail Film Festival will take place March 22 - March 25, 2018. The Vail Film Festival has been named "One of the Top 10 Destination Film Festivals" by MovieMaker magazine.

The 2018 Vail Film Festival will have a special focus on work by female filmmakers. All films submitted and screened at the 2018 festival must have one woman involved as either director, cinematographer, or screenwriter.

The 2018 festival will screen Feature Films, Documentaries, Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and Student 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 Documentary
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Documentary Short
  • 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 2018 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 All-Access Passes to the 2019 Vail Film Festival. Award presented at Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 31st, 2018.

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 2016. 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.

 

2018 Film Deadlines & Submission Fees:

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

Earlybird Deadline: May 15, 2017

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $40 fee
  • Short Narratives & Short Docs: $35 fee
  • Student: $30 fee

Regular Deadline: August 15, 2017

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $45 fee
  • Short Narratives & Short Docs: $40 fee
  • Student: $35 fee

Late Deadline: September 30, 2017

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $50 fee
  • Short Narratives & Short Docs: $45 fee
  • Student: $40 fee

Extended Deadline: October 15, 2017

  • Features Narratives & Docs: $55 fee
  • Short Narratives & Short Docs: $50 fee
  • Student: $45 fee

FILMMAKERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE ON DECEMBER 1ST, 2017.