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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 »

Virtual – VPA Hosting PBS Programming Distribution Workshop – Feb 25 – Free/$5

The Virginia Production Alliance will be hosting a PBS Programming Distribution Workshop with American Public Television February 25 @ 7 p.m. Register HERE Submit your questions for the PBS Team to answer at the workshop HERE We’ll be featuring special insights from the actual PBS Distribution team on what they are looking for when considering the works… Read more »

Virtual – Virginia Production Alliance Film Industry Summit – Jan 19, 7pm – registration required

Virginia Production Alliance 2021 Film Summit Jan 19 at 7:oo – 8:00PM Registration required: https://www.virginiaproductionalliance.org/event-4089375 Join us for a panel discussion with Andy Edmunds of the Virginia Film Office, David O’Ferrall of IATSE 487 and Ryan Hastings of SAG-AFTRA for an outlook on the film and video industry heading into 2021.

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 »

Virtual – Casting Secrets and Cold Truths for Filmmakers – Dec 15 – free/$5

Join the VPA for our December virtual event featuring Anne Chapman! Dec 15 at 7:00 PM – Virtual Zoom With more than 25 years of casting experience in film and television, Anne Chapman has a keen eye for finding just the right actor to fit a part. Anne’s deep knowledge of Virginia’s actor and crew base makes… Read more »


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, may also be chosen.… Read more »


Register today for an actor-to-actor discussion about Tom Belgrey’s career — coast-to-coast. From studying with Stella Adler to taking direction from Steven Speilberg, you’ll want to hear Tom’s anecdotes and tips for fellow thespians. This virtual event is tomorrow, don’t miss it!   Register here: https://virginiaproductionalliance.org/event-4028783

Virtual – Docs in Progress: Community Stories Film Festival – Nov 20-22 – Free

Community Stories Film Festival previews the inspiring films from our local filmmakers. Presented by Docs in Progress from November 20th-22nd, 2020.   Get your home-made popcorn ready because these screenings are VIRTUAL and Free! Enjoy these screenings which spotlight contemporary and historical documentaries from a wide range of filmmakers from emerging artists all the way to professionals. Watch as they showcase their… 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 »

Virtual – Lessons From a Life Behind the Camera With Film & TV Director Ken Kwapis – Nov 6 – Free

ODU’s Department of Communication & Theatre Arts is proud to present an exciting upcoming online event! “But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct: Lessons From a Life Behind the Camera” With Film & TV Director Ken Kwapis (The Office, He’s Just Not That Into You) A Zoom Event Moderated by ODU Film Program Prof. Diane… 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 »


When My Time Comes Film Screening & Discussion with Diane Rehm Thu. 10/22 | 5:30 PM After the death of her beloved husband John Rehm, Peabody-award winner Diane Rehm began to examine the option of medical aid in dying. This documentary feature offers a moving and informative examination of the right to die movement and the facts… Read more »

Virtual and Charlottesville – Virginia Film Festival – Oct 21-25 – Tickets available now

The Virginia Film Festival kicks off today and runs through the weekend–October 21-25 With over 70 virtual events and screenings and 10 drive in movies, you have ample opportunities to catch all of this years amazing films and listen in on conversations with today’s top film artists. Explore the full program at the link below!… Read more »

VIRTUAL – David Powers Conversation – October 8th

Documentary vs. Narrative: Lessons Learned as a Writer / Director Join for a conversation with David Powers and learn how he approaches his projects. David’s first feature film, “By the Grace of Bob” was the opening night film at the Richmond International Film Festival in 2016. David’s recent project, the documentary “Heard” about social issues… Read more »

VIRTUAL – Poe Film Festival – Nov 13th-19th – Single Pass $10 Fee

The 2020 Poe Film Festival will screen its Official Selection Films online during the festival on Friday, November 13th through Thursday, November 19th. They’re working with FestiVee to showcase an entirely online film festival. Their filmmakers honor mystery writer and poet, Edgar Allan Poe with original and adapted films, animations and documentaries. Advance passes are… Read more »

Virtual & Middleburg – Middleburg Film Festival – Oct 15-18 – Tickets available now

The Middleburg Film Festival is taking place this weekend!  OCT 15-18 This years festival will have drive-in movie options, as well as virtual screenings, conversations, tributes, and events! Find the full schedule of events here: https://films.middleburgfilm.org/  


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 »

Virtual Screening – UNMARKED, part of Richmond International Film Fest – Sept 8-13 – Fee

Documentary short, Unmarked, is available for a virtual screening as part of the RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL September 8-13. Please tune in for this powerful and educational piece of work. In the South, vast amounts of African-American grave sites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years. In Virginia alone, stories… 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 »

Virtual and In-person – Richmond International Film Festival – Sept 8-13 – Tickets on sale now!

JOIN US SEPT 8-13, 2020 FOR THE RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: 6 DAYS OF CUTTING-EDGE FILM, MUSIC, AND EVENTS The Richmond International Film Festival is excited to have new dates. This year will be a hybrid model that includes select socially distanced physical events and a full virtual festival that patrons can enjoy from their… Read more »

Richmond – Richmond International Film Festival – Volunteering Information

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  RIFF postponed its original 2020 festival dates (April 23-28) amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. We have redirected our efforts as a result leading to added innovations via a new virtual festival platform that will allow patrons, filmmakers, musicians, and partners across the globe to experience the festival in a… Read more »

Virtual – Q&A with “Harriet” writer and director Kasi Lemmons – Aug 20 – Pay what you can

Q&A with the legendary Kasi Lemmons, writer/director of “Harriet”! She’s also known for “Eve’s Bayou,” “Talk To Me,” “Self Made” and acting in films like “Silence of the Lambs”!   On Thursday, August 20, writer/director Kasi Lemmons will share her writing process & directorial vision behind “Harriet” and her experience directing “Eve’s Bayou” and “Self Made.” The Q&A will be held on a… Read more »