2016 Film Submissions Are Open

We are excited to announce that submissions for the 13th Vail Film Fest are now open! Lucky 13 is roaring around the corner and we are working hard to bring you an amazing fest.

This year, in addition to our selection of films from the US and around the world, we will be having a special showcase of Mexican Narrative & Documentary Feature Films.

If you're a filmmaker looking to submit, here are the deadlines.

  • Earlybird Deadline: November 16, 2015
  • Regular Deadline: December 4, 2015
  • Late Deadline: December 30, 2015
  • Extended Deadline: January 8, 2016

Click here for more information on submitting.

The festival takes place the final weekend of the ski season, April 7 - 10, so mark your calendars! Passes go on sale November 15, 2015.

2015 Film Program Announced!

Vail Film Festival Announces 2015 Film Program



Feature Films:


  • A Dark Reflection, directed by Tristan Loraine
  • Cut Bank, directed by Matt Shakman
  • Lucky Stiff, directed by Christopher Ashley
  • Manhattan Romance, directed by Tom O’Brien
  • Overheard 3, directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong
  • Rigor Mortis, directed by Juno Mak
  • Slow West, directed by John Maclean
  • That Demon Within, directed by Dante Lam
  • The Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar
  • The Great Victory, directed by Stefano Capuzzi Lapietra
  • The Sentimentalists, directed by Nicholas Triandafyllidis
  • Time Lapse, directed by Bradley King



  • Becoming Bulletproof, directed by Michael Barnett
  • Break Kids, directed by Emily Kassie
  • Broken City Poets, directed by Ariane Wu
  • By Blood, directed by Marcos Barbery and Sam Russell
  • #ChicagoGirl – The Social Network Takes On A Director, directed by Joe Piscatella
  • From Trauma To Peace, directed by Robert C. Stone, Diana Gross and Jo Danieli
  • I Married My Family’s Killer, directed by Emily Kassie
  • I Will Dance, directed by Joseph East
  • My Voice, My Life, directed by Ruby Lang
  • Nerdgasm, directed by Andrew Putschoegl
  • Queen Mimi, directed by Yaniv Rokah


Environmental Showcase:

  • A Bottle’s Odyssey, directed by Nik Kleverov
  • A Wolf’s Place, directed by Annie White
  • Keeper’s Of The Beat, directed by Donald O’Brien
  • Mexico Pelagcio, directed by Jeronimo Prieto
  • Net Positivia, directed by Peter Cambor and Ian McGe
  • The Fire Line: Wildfire In Colorado, directed by Meghan Lyden


Adventure Film Showcase:

  • Lindsay Vonn: The Climb, directed by Steve Trout and NFL Films
  • Snow Day, directed by Erica Milsom
  • The Unrideables: Alaska Range, directed by Derek Westerlund



  • Awkward Expressions Of Love, directed by Trilby Glover
  • B-flat, directed by Mariana Youssef
  • Bodies In Irreversible Detriment, directed by Ben Lazarus
  • D.Asian, directed by Sarah Smith
  • Dead Hearts, directed by Stephen W. Martin
  • EFFED!, directed by Renny Maslow
  • Everything (You Say) I Am, directed by Guillermo Florence
  • Extreme Pinocchio, directed by Pascal Chind
  • Fruitcake, directed by Seth M. Sherwood and Sarah Baker Grillo
  • Goldfish, directed by Elise de Blois
  • Insomniacs, directed by Charles Chintzer Lai
  • Intersection, directed by Brendan Beachman
  • Junked, directed by Gus Berger
  • Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector, directed by Chandler Kauffman
  • Ladybug, directed by Roman Dent
  • Lucy, directed by Zoe Lubeck
  • Martian American, directed by Lee Citron
  • Not Anymore: A Story Of Revolution, directed by Matthew VanDyke
  • Oh Lucy!, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
  • Out To Lunch, directed by Nic Reader
  • Picnic, directed by Kim Gualino
  • reConception, directed by Joe Petrilla
  • Secret, directed by Tony Fulgham
  • The Blood Of Love, directed by Jeff Meyers
  • The Stomach, directed by Ben Steiner
  • Vocabulary, directed by Sam Baixauli
  • While You Were In A Coma, directed by Jean Paul Labbe
  • You Have A Problem, directed by Lena Tsodykovskaya


Student Films:

  • Carry On, directed by Yatao Li
  • Full-Windsor, directed by Faraday Okoro
  • Knives, directed by Aaron David DeFazio
  • Minimum Max, directed by Joshua Ovalle
  • Scumbag, directed by Luke Spears
  • Theme Song Rebel, directed by Luke Patton
  • Unspoken, directed by Eric Otten


Family Films:

  • Dogonauts: Behind Enemy Lines, directed by Justin and Shel Rasch
  • Hannah Lost Her Smile, directed by Dani Bowman
  • I Need My Monster, directed by Stephen Baker and Howard Cook
  • The Adventures Of Barty And The Pirate, directed by Mark Chavez
  • The Magic Ferret, directed by Alison Parker
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers' Through the Woods: An Appalachian Adventure, directed by Joe Mailander, Justin Lansing and Jed Anderson

Screenplay Winners Announced and Oscar® Nominated Live Action Shorts to play in Vail

Thank you to all who submitted to the 2015 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

We are excited to announce the top three winners of the 2015 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition. The 1st place Feature and Shorts winners will have a reading of their scripts at the 12th Annual Vail Film Festival, March 26th - 29th.


1st Place: Tater Tot & Patton

Writer: Andrew Kightlinger

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Description: Amid a long hot summer, a frustrated millennial is sent to her bullheaded uncle’s South Dakota ranch and both prove to be the exact medicine the other one needed.

2nd Place: The Third Bomb

Writer: Phillip Parker

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Description: In the final days of WWII, when a top U.S. pilot crash lands in Japanese territory, he must stop an ambitious Japanese commander from capturing his secret cargo - the third atomic bomb.

3rd Place: Reckless Hearts

Writer: Corey Bodoh-Creed

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Description: In a near future where guns have been outlawed, the son of the sheriff in a small Montana town finds himself torn between warring factions when he falls for the daughter of a dangerous militia leader.


1st Place: Rule of Law

Writer: Stan Rodman

Description: A public defender, an assistant district attorney, a seasoned judge and a violent defendant all cross paths when a young girl is viciously attacked and killed.  Each has conflicting views of both justice and the rule of law, upon which this country's legal system was founded upon.  Ultimately, the conclusion is most likely popular, and undermines the very foundation of our society.

2nd Place: Something To Regret In The Morning

Writer: Philip T Brewster

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Description: Harry Drake, gumshoe for hire, gets a call from Montague 'Mack' Mackintosh upset over the number of dead bodies stacking in his yard. Someone has slaughtered half of his gnomes! Convinced it's an inside job Drake wants to know more before he points his finger, but is totally unprepared as to the reason why...

3rd Place: All Things Chicken

Writer: Julius Galacki

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Description: A comedy-drama about how NOT to live one's life, yet also a paean to the saving grace of friendship - no matter how dysfunctional.

2015 Oscar® Nominated Live Action Shorts Showcase

Come check out the nominees before the Oscars®.

This Friday, February 13th, at the Vail Mountain School, we will be screening all five nominations for this years Live Action Shorts nominees. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at the door. Hope to see you there!

Screenplay Finalists Announced

We are excited to announce the 2015 finalists. Winners will be announced February 1st. Stay tuned!

2015 Feature-length Screenplay Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Private Air by Billie Bates

Reckless Hearts by Corey Bodoh-Creed

Tater Tot & Patton by Andrew Kightlinger

The Third Bomb by Phillip Parker

Welcome to the Fishbowl by Sheryl Glubok & Donald Rae

2015 Short Screenplay Finalists (in alphabetical order)

All Things Chicken by Julius Galacki

Between Darkness and Light by Jake Teeny

Boomerang the Great by Ana R Dominick

Rule of Law by Stan Rodman

Something to Regret in the Morning by Philip T Brewster