2020 Film Submissions ARE OPEN!

The 17th annual Vail Film Festival will take place March 26-29, 2020. The Vail Film Festival has been named "One of the Top 10 Destination Film Festivals" by MovieMaker magazine.

The 2020 Vail Film 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 2020 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 2021 Vail Film Festival. Award presented at Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

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 2018. 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


2020 Film Deadlines & Submission Fees:

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

Earlybird Deadline: September 20, 2019

  • Features Narratives: $50 fee

  • Feature Documentaries: $45 fee

  • Short Films: $40 fee

  • Student: $35 fee

Regular Deadline: November 22, 2019

  • Features Narratives: $55 fee

  • Documentary Features: $50 fee

  • Short Films: $45 fee

  • Student: $40 fee

Late Deadline: December 6, 2019

  • Features Narratives: $60 fee

  • Documentary Features: $55

  • Short Films: $50 fee

  • Student: $45 fee

Extended Deadline: December 15, 2019

  • Features Narratives: $65 fee

  • Documentary Features: $60

  • Short Films: $55 fee

  • Student: $50 fee