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COVID-19 Update from the Virginia Film Office

Dear Friends, As communities begin moving toward measured economic re-opening, please stay tuned for updates and links to best practices and suggested guidelines.  Our goal will always be to ensure the safest return to the work we know and love. At this time we ask that everyone adhere to all health and safety practices recommended… Read more »

Statewide – VPA Screenwriting Contest – Open NOW, Deadline June 30 – Free

2020 VPA SCREENWRITING CONTEST CALLING ALL SCREENWRITERS, CALLING ALL SCREENWRITERS! Have you been sitting around bored in your house feeling like your creative juices are starting to fade because of this pandemic? Do you have an old script you have been hanging on to waiting for the right time? Why don’t you pick up that old script that… Read more »

Statewide – Roy W Dean Film Grant – June 30 deadline – Fee

Created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, the 2nd Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications.  Grant winner will receive $3,500 cash as well as $20,000 more in film goods and production services.   Founded in 1993 by  Carole Dean, President of top rated non-profit  From the… Read more »

VIRGINIA PRODUCTION ALLIANCE COVID-19: Relief Options for Small Businesses and Freelancers (Free Live Webinar) 

VIRGINIA PRODUCTION ALLIANCE COVID-19: Relief Options for Small Businesses and Freelancers (LIVE Webinar)  FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 — 12 PM (NOON) LOCATION:  ZOOM WEBINAR This live, 1-hour session will be presented by Timm Johnson, Director of the George Mason University Small Business Development Center. He will share valuable information on relief options and resources available to business owners impacted by COVID-19.  As director of… Read more »

Statewide – Light House Studio Film Challenge – April 6- May 17 – Free

Bored at home? Channel your creativity for Light House’s filmmaking challenge! In this all ages, bi-weekly challenge, filmmakers will be challenged to make a unique short film incorporating that round’s prompt in whatever way you want. Films can be made on or for any platform (ie. TikTok, Instagram, etc.). Filmmakers can submit to as many rounds as they want, and all… Read more »

Richmond – Stuck at Home 48HFP – Free

Stuck at Home 48 COVID-19 Quarantine Blues got you down? We got you! For filmmakers who are looking for a creative outlet in these uncertain times, we have the Stuck at Home 48! This is a filmmaking competition open to any filmmaker around the world. On Friday night, you will receive a secret challenge. You… Read more »

Statewide – Roy W Dean Film Grant – Deadline march 31 – fee

The deadline for the first the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for 2020 is coming up fast.  All entries for the grant for independent filmmakers must be submitted by March 31st.   Celebrating its 28th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant seeks projects in need of help getting finished that are unique and make… Read more »

A Letter to Our Virginia Film Community

Dear Friends, As we know, our industry is made up largely of smaller companies and both creative and technical freelancers, making it very fragile in this public health crisis. This necessary lockdown has resulted in the cancellation of production activity across Virginia. This unprecedented time in history will test us all; financially, emotionally and socially.… Read more »


Friends of Thorndale Farm*, in partnership with Thorndale Farm LLC, is seeking 4-5 short films (2-3 featurettes or 1 feature film may be considered) that were either filmed in Virginia or that promote some aspect of Virginia’s rich history for presentation at the outdoor event, From Farm to Film. The 2nd Annual From Farm to Film is… Read more »

Statewide – Seeking documentary filmmakers and photographers for PBS project – submit now – paid

Seeking Documentary Filmmakers & Photographers in Virginia for “PBS American Portrait” Project   Link: American Portrait trailer   Link to apply: https://tinyurl.com/ryzesz4   Hello! We are currently seeking 2 artists with a documentarian mindset to help tell the stories of Virginia for a national storytelling project called PBS American Portrait. This project is aligned with PBS’s 50th anniversary celebration, and seeks to define… Read more »

Leesburg – Loudoun Arts Film Festival call for submissions – March 21 regular deadline – Fee

Loudoun Arts Film Festival Loudoun Arts Film Festival is a non-profit organization serving as an international platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment. LAFF supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through workshops, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance. Call for submissions!… Read more »

Va beach – Actress – checkered flag commercial – Feb. 17 – paid

Greetings! Our client is seeking talent an African American Female who is willing to lip sync/improv for their upcoming commercial filming in VA Beach. Date is February 17th (with a rain date of February 16th). Here is what we know: This spot uses a song being sung by a SPECIALIST to an ” UNSUSPECTING” CUSTOMER… Read more »

Statewide – Roy W. Dean Film Grant accepting applications – march 31 deadline – fee

If you are an independent filmmaker needing help completing your film, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2020 is now accepting submissions.  The Roy W. Dean Film Grant, now in its 28th year, is awarded to a unique film that makes a contribution to society.  Winner will receive $3,500 cash and $23,000 in… Read more »

Heroes of Science: Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge – Deadline Mar 31 – Free

Heroes of Science: Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge represents an unprecedented partnership between leading digital entertainment news outlet TheWrap and Breakthrough Prize, the world’s largest monetary science prize, as well as the coming together of two pursuits that are too often at odds in popular culture — art and science. Through the competition, Breakthrough Prize and TheWrap… Read more »

Richmond – Stand up comedians – Audition – Paid

Are you a stand up comedian? We are looking for 10 talented stand up comics FOR A LIVE WEEKLY SHOW WHICH WILL BE EDITED FOR TV!!!! Auditions will be Sundays, February 9th & 23rd 3-7 pm in Richmond.  Respond here and let us know which of the two dates you will be auditioning.   If… Read more »

Richmond – 48 Hour Film Project New Year’s – Until Jan 15th – Fee

Here’s hoping that 2020 is the year that YOU make all of your filmmaking dreams come true. To help kick this new decade off right, we’re giving all of our Richmond filmmakers a chance to save 25% off of this year’s 48HFP regular registration rate through this special New Year’s Promotion, now through January 15th.… Read more »

DC – Awesome Con Short Film Festival call for submissions – Jan 30 early deadline – FREE

Submit your short film to Awesome Con Film Festival! It’s FREE! Festival website: http://awesome-con.com/ Early bird deadline is Jan 30. Submission website: https://filmfreeway.com/AwesomeConShortFilmfestival?fbclid=IwAR3XsO49hJBlMRzFkAAozJe6kTGQv3fSceLyFnYtE5l-ha2rI20ydBlxHK8 The Awesome Con Short Film Festival is one of the funnest and most fan friendly film festivals that you’ll attend or be part of, and it takes place inside one the biggest… Read more »

Richmond – RVA Environmental Film Festival – final deadline Dec 31 – $30

10th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival February 7-13, 2020 The 10th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will showcase nearly 20 local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet.  The Festival features several nationally acclaimed works as well as the work… Read more »

Charlottesville – Maupintown Film Fest – Earlybird Deadline Jan 1 – fee

The Maupintown Film Festival is now accepting films for their film festival this summer! Submit here: https://filmfreeway.com/MaupintownFilmFestival The festival is located in Charlottesville, Virginia at the historic Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The festival focuses on showcasing stories from around the world of African American history and culture with feature films, shorts, documentaries, animated… Read more »

DC – Submission to TIVA Awards – Deadline Nov 30 – Fee

Just ONE WEEK LEFT until the Peer Awards Regular Deadline: Saturday, November 30! Take note: the regular submission deadline for the 23rd Annual TIVA Peer Awardsis coming up in just ONE WEEK! Saturday, November 30, is the LAST DAY to submit your entry at regular rates. So while you finalize your Thanksgiving plans, be sure to head over to the… Read more »

richmond- creative world awards screenwriting contest- nov 22 – fee

THE CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION   Regular Entry Deadline is Approaching Next Week   All VPA members can enjoy early savings, offered by CWA to Virginia talent through the following discount code (receive $10 off any screenplay entry and feedback or coverage option). Submit Your Project:  HERE Use the following code:  CWAFinal1  … Read more »

Statewide – Bethesda Film Festival accepting Submissions – Deadline Jan 6 – $1000 Honorarium

The Bethesda Film Fest is accepting submissions for the 8th annual festival in March 2020   Short (5-30 minute), documentary films by filmmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will be considered. Films must have been completed within the last two years. All topics are eligible. A film by a young filmmaker, under age 18,… Read more »

Statewide – Call for submissions: DC web fest – early bird deadline Nov 22 – fee

Submissions for the 8th Annual DC Web Fest are now open! We are calling all filmmakers, screenwriters, game/app developers, bloggers, and podcasters, to submit their work to the Eighth Annual DC Web and Digital Media Festival. This year, April 3rd – 4th, 2020, we are highlighting the best of digital media in a jam-packed weekend of screenings, showcases,… Read more »

Richmond – Richmond International Film Fest Call for submissions – Nov 1 deadline – Fee

EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE – NOV 1 @ 11:59PM EST A reminder that the Extended Deadline to submit your film projects to the 2019-2020 festival is this Friday. Works in progress are accepted as long as the submissions are up by the deadline and the final cut is submitted prior to Dec 15th. To submit visit: https://filmfreeway.com/RICHMONDINTERNATIONALFILMFESTIVAL   VIP Discount… Read more »