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Statewide – Roy W. Dean Film Grant Accepting applicants for Summer Grant – June 30 deadline – Fee

Celebrating its 30th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Summer Grant. The Roy W. Dean Film Grants are awarded 3 times each year to films that are unique films and that make a contribution to society.  From the Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 non-profit sponsoring the grant, is also offering the… Read more »

Statewide – Virginia Film Festival Call for Entries – Deadline July 5 – Fee/Free

Calling all filmmakers… our 2021 Call for Entries is now open! Accepted films will be eligible for the Programmers’ Awards and Audience Awards for which moviegoers vote via ballots. To learn more about how to submit your film for consideration, visit our Call for Entries page.  https://virginiafilmfestival.org/submit-a-film CALL FOR ENTRIES Every Fall, the VAFF showcases celebrated new narrative and documentary features, independent and… Read more »

STATEWIDE – ROY W. DEAN SHORT FILM GRANT OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS – APRIL 29 DEADLINE – FEE

From the Heart Productions is pleased to announce the inaugural Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant is now accepting applications.   The newest entry in their line up of Roy W. Dean Grants for independent filmmakers is specifically for fiction shorts, live action or animated, that are 15 minutes in length or less.  As with their other… Read more »

Statewide – Roy W. Dean Film Grant open for submissions – March 30 Deadline – Fee

The Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2021 is now open for submissions. Since 1992, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants have supported independent filmmakers by awarding funding to unique films that make a contribution to society.  From the Heart Productions, the non-profit sponsoring the grant, is proud to have helped talented filmmakers complete films that impacted… Read more »

Statewide – “Phone it in Film Challenge” sponsored by the VPA – Submissions due Feb 28 – Free to enter with cash prizes

The Virginia Production Alliance is launching the “Phone It In Film Challenge” this February. You can find all of the challenge information on our website, HERE. There will be CASH PRIZES up for grabs!   Register your team today and get started! You can register HERE.   Challenge basics: Teams of 5 must complete a film over… Read more »

Statewide – Bethesda Film Festival accepting submissions- Jan 29 2021 – free/$25 submission fee

The Bethesda Film Fest is accepting submissions for the 9th annual festival in April 2021   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 – Pine Camp short film festival accepting submissions – Jan 3 deadline – free

The City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Cultural Arts Division and the Enrichmond Foundation are hosting the second annual 60 Second Short Film Fest. To enter the festival, submit a one minute film through FilmFreeway. Send us your best work with a strong narrative. Stories that celebrate the earth, the small… Read more »

Crescent City Film Festival – Open for submissions – Deadline March 5 2021 – fee, students free

The Crescent City Film Festival invites you to submit short & feature films, music videos from Southern Region of the United States (Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky)  filmmakers and artists to our festival. CCFF is the second annual film festival… Read more »

Important Updates to REBUILD VA Covid-19 Grant Program – Eligibility Expanded & Funding Increased

If you are a small business, non-profit, or sole proprietor affected by COVID-19, please take a minute to review the below info to see if you are now eligible for grant assistance, or now eligible for more funds even if you were approved and received assistance from this program already. Governor Northam’s grant program REBUILD… Read more »

Statewide – Roy W. Dean Grant – Deadline Oct 31 – Fee

The Last grant for 2020 is closing on October 31, 2020, you still have time to apply.   Created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, the final Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications.  Grant winner will receive $3,000 cash as well as approximately $28,000 more in… Read more »

STATEWIDE – Global Film and Music Festival – Open Now, October 17th Deadline – Free

They are accepting submissions in the form of mobile video, informative video, music video, entertaining video, short film, TikTok video, and documentary. Winners will be announced in November and The Global Film and Music Festival will screen winning submissions from November 1st-14th from 1pm-3pm. Google Link to submit: https://bit.ly/32Xf49g Contact the festival creators through their… Read more »

STATEWIDE-THE KdentsTV HORROR FILM CONTEST-OPEN NOW, OCT 23 DEADLINE-NO FEE

Cadence Theatre Company & KdentsTV Present The KdentsTV Horror Film ContestLike scary movies!? More importantly, do you like to make scary movies? If so, KdentsTV wants to see them! Submit your short horror film for a chance to win cool prizes (like a GoPro!). With Halloween around the corner, October is the perfect time for… Read more »

STATEWIDE- BWE Media Festival-Open Now, Nov 24 Deadline-Fee

The BWE Media Festival® ​2021 (BMF21​®) has officially launched the start of its season with the opening of submissions for its film and music festival. The festival is now accepting Feature Film, Short Film, Episodic and Music Video submissions through November 24, 2020 in all categories. Official selections will be eligible for category awards and… Read more »

Statewide – Roy W. Dean Film Grant Fall 2020 – Oct 31 deadline – fee

Created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, the final Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications.  Grant winner will receive $3,000 cash as well as approximately $28,000 more in film goods and production services.   Founded in 1993 by  Carole Dean, President of top rated non-profit  From the Heart Productions,… Read more »

Statewide – ScriptDC programs – Sept events – Fee

You Had Me at Page One – ScriptDC Sept. 8th @ 6:30 PM You Had Me at Page One with Pilar Alessandra Make the reader love you on the first page! Learn screenwriting techniques that help your script hit the ground running. Using script examples we take a hard look at word choice, character descriptions, dialogue… Read more »

Statewide – Roy W. Dean Film Grant Fall 2020 – Oct 31 deadline – fee

Created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, the final Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications.  Grant winner will receive $3,000 cash as well as approximately $28,000 more in film goods and production services.   Founded in 1993 by  Carole Dean, President of top rated non-profit  From the Heart Productions,… Read more »

Richmond – Cadence Theatre Company Announces Sitelines BLM – Deadline Sept 14 – $500 prize

Cadence Theatre Company Announces Sitelines BLM — Call for Screenplays and Scripts!  Submissions by Monday, September 14th CONTACT: Omiyẹmi (Artisia) Green @ avgreen@wm.edu  The Theatre is historically known as “the seeing place” and a sightline—an unobstructed view or an expanded vision—is an important consideration in theatre practice. From a technical point of view, one of… Read more »

Richmond – 48Hour Film Project Postponed to 2021, additional virtual opportunities NOV 2020

It is with great disappointment that we announce that the Richmond 48 Hour Film Project is postponed until next year, 2021 due to unmitigated restrictions necessitated by COVID-19. We did not reach this decision easily, but ultimately, the safety and well-being of our amazing filmmaking community is our utmost concern. We eagerly look forward to… Read more »

Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

**Film/production companies, sole proprietors, and independent contractors in the industry that meet additional listed criteria can qualify for this program. Please see below.** Governor Ralph Northam today announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be made available through Rebuild VA, a… Read more »

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 »