STATEWIDE – VHSL Film Festival June 3 & 4


High school filmmakers from 42 schools across the Commonwealth submitted 93 films to the 2nd Annual Virginia High School League Film Festival state championship, and 36 films have been designated Official Selections. These films will be honored this weekend with a screening at the festival, which will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Avenue, on June 3-4.

The festival will also include filmmaker Q&As, audience choice voting, and presentations from guest speakers:

  • Jesse Vaughan, director and 27-time Emmy winner
  • Anh Do, animator and Virginia State University Art and Design faculty
  • Rex Teese, editor/director
  • Sharon Wayne, SFX makeup artist
  • Danny Caporaletti, screenwriter and VCU Cinema faculty

All Official Selection filmmakers will walk the red carpet on Saturday prior to the VHSL Vanguard screening of the top three films in five categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and commercial/PSA. A grand jury award and audience choice award will be presented to the winners in each category.

For the festival schedule, go to:

For a list of Official Selection films, go to:

Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be sold at the door on a space available basis, cash only.

The VHSL Film Festival is sponsored by The Virginia Film Office, the Virginia Production Alliance, and Final Draft.

About VHSL:  An alliance of Virginia’s public high schools, the 315 member schools of the VHSL serve the Commonwealth’s youth by establishing and maintaining standards for student activities and competitions that promote education, leadership, sportsmanship, character and citizenship.  Nearly 200,000 students participate in 28 different sports and 11 academic activities, culminating in over 155 state championships each year.

Founded in 1913, the VHSL is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.