Filmmakers Invited to Submit Features, Documentaries and Shorts for 2010 Virginia Film Festival

June 17, 2010 — The Virginia Film Festival has issued a call for entries, inviting filmmakers from the state, region and the world to submit features, documentaries and short films for consideration for the 2010 festival.

The 23rd annual Virginia Film Festival is scheduled for Nov. 4 through 7 in Charlottesville.

"Last year we were delighted with both the number and the quality of features and documentaries we received," said Jody Kielbasa, heading into his second year as festival director. "One of the most exciting things about attending a film festival is the opportunity to be among the first to discover new filmmakers, and our call for entries is a perfect way to do that.

"Last year's record attendance of more than 19,000 is evidence that this is a festival on the rise, and I hope our continued growth will allow us to continually expand our pool of filmmakers as we move forward."

Submissions must be received by Sept. 8. All entries must be submitted through Withoutabox. Submission is free for Virginia residents, and all U.Va. students; rates for non-residents' film submissions are $45 for the general public, $40 for Withoutabox members and $10 for students at other schools.

Kielbasa said the call for entries has also allowed for many exciting discoveries from the festival's home base.

"Last year we launched a Virginia Filmmakers Showcase, which I plan on making an annual tradition at the festival," he said. "The film scene here is growing and vibrant and we want to make sure the festival always provides a platform for these filmmakers."

The Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is a four-day celebration of cinema's power to inspire, enlighten and entertain. It offers the chance to see first-run features and revisit timeless classics, and to discover new films and filmmakers. It also provides a forum for high-profile industry insiders and up-and-coming stars, and for talented filmmakers from around the world and throughout Virginia. Cultural experts give lectures and lead discussions that illuminate the films and themes in the context of the world in which we live today. The festival also features a series of special events that invite the community to revel in the magic of the movies.

The Virginia Film Festival will announce its 2010 program in early October. For information on the call for entries or to keep up with the latest news on the upcoming festival, visit here.

Those interested in volunteering for this year's Virginia Film Festival can learn more by contacting David Hopper at 434-982-5560 or

— By John Kelly