June 21, 2011 — The Virginia Film Festival is inviting filmmakers from the state, region, nation and the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works.
The 24th annual festival, presented by the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is scheduled for Nov. 3-6 in Charlottesville.
"We are very excited to launch this year's call for entries, particularly after the extraordinary response we received from filmmakers last year," festival director Jody Kielbasa said. "Last year we nearly tripled our entries from the year before, which I think speaks to a growing level of enthusiasm and engagement from the artistic community here in Virginia and throughout the film world.
"What was particularly encouraging to us was not only the number of films submitted, but the quality of those films. Many of the films that resonated most with our audiences came through this avenue, including the award-winning documentaries 'Louder Than a Bomb' and 'Barbershop Punk.'"
The call for entries also provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the growing Virginia film scene, he said. "I feel like the film scene here is growing every year, and we are continually impressed with the quality of the work being done here. By offering Virginia filmmakers and students at Virginia schools the chance to submit their films for free, I hope we continue to encourage them to share their work with our audience and with the growing list of film industry professionals who have come to discover all our festival has to offer."
The submission deadline is Aug. 12, with an extended deadline of Sept. 2, which will require a higher entrance fee. Filmmakers accepted into the festival will be notified by Oct. 3.
All accepted films will be eligible for Audience Awards and Programmer's Choice Awards. Documentary works will compete for the opportunity to be shown on Snagfilms.com.
Submissions are free for Virginia residents and in-state students. Submission fees for all others range from $10 to $55.
Submissions must be mailed to: Wesley Harris, Virginia Film Festival, P.O. Box 400869, Charlottesville VA 22904.
The Virginia Film Festival will announce its 2011 program in early October.