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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 »

Richmond – RIFF Arts Institute Grant for Financial Assistance – Open August 10

The RIFF Arts Institute is Awarded a Grant from the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond Funding to be Dedicated to Unemployed Artists Impacted by COVID-19 To learn more and apply, visit their site.  The RIFF Arts Institute (RAI) has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation’s Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund advisory committee… Read more »

Webinar – Discussion with VPA Lobbyist Josh Myers – July 30 – free

Please join us for a presentation by longtime VPA lobbyist Josh Myers where he will answer questions about the state of film incentives and how you can get involved in legislative activity. Josh has represented the VPA on Capitol Hill for more than a decade, helping to increase the Virginia film incentive program in the process. Josh… 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 »

Webinar – The Filmmaker Discussion with B.K. Fulton – July 28 – Free/$5

Please join us for a chat with B.K. Fulton, CEO of Virginia-based Soulidify Productions and the SoulVision.tv streaming app. His film, “1 Angry Black Man,” is now streaming on the Byrd Theatre’s Virtual Screening Room. B.K. Fulton is founding chairman and CEO of Soulidifly Productions, LLC, a full feature film, stage and television investment and production… Read more »

Free Zoom Webinar: Ready to Roll Initiative – Wednesdays 10:30am

DC Camera continues to sponsor special zoom discussions as part of their Ready to Roll Initiative, about the status and future of film production during the pandemic. This week features the topic of all ‘All Things Locations,’ with Virginia’s very own Andy Edmunds, film commissioners from DC and Maryland, and experienced location manager Wes Hagan… Read more »

DC & Mclean, VA- Headshots by photographer Barry Morgenstein – Aug 22-23 – $450

Headshots in The DC/VA/MD area! NYC’s Top headshot photographer Barry Morgenstein is returning for another weekend in the DC/VA/MD area for headshots Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd. Our location will be cleaned and scrubbed. The makeup artists will be wearing masks . Photographer Barry Morgenstein is more than 6 feet away when shooting. … Read more »

Statewide – Virtual Screening of ’50 Over’ documentary – June 17 – $10

The Byrd Theatre is hosting a virtual (via Zoom) Q&A session tomorrow evening (Wednesday, June 17, 2020) at 7pm with Richmond VPA Board Member and filmmaker Teddy Leinbach and hosted by Byrd Theatre Board Member and Richmond VPA Chair Steve Taylor.   They will be discussing Teddy’s documentary film 50 Over. 50 Over documents an epic road trip… Read more »

ALL – VIFFL Conversations w/ Mark Richard – Instagram Live 5/27 1pm – Free

Join the Virginia Film Office on Wednesday, May 27 at 1 PM on Instagram Live for our first interview in a series of talks we’re simply calling VIFFL Conversations — intimate chats between film office director Andy Edmunds and various friends in the industry with strong Virginia ties. We begin with a special one; Mark… Read more »

Notice Regarding Production in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia is currently open to all safe, responsible production, following the suggested best health and safety practices set forth by the Virginia Department of Health, and Governor Northam’s Guidelines for All Business Sectors. The Virginia Film Office places the highest priority on the health and safety of our film community members.  As localities continue to enact measures toward… Read more »

Lighthouse Studio Online Summer Film Academy – June 1 -Aug 31 – Prices vary

Who: Light House Studio What: Summer Film Academy Where: Online When: June 1 – August 21 (workshops are one week, M – F) How Much: Prices vary. Financial aid available. See our website for more details.   2020 ONLINE SUMMER FILM ACADEMY UPDATE We hope you and your families are figuring your ways through quarantine.… Read more »

Light House Studio Online Film Masterclass – May 19 – Register, pay what you can

Who: Light House Studio What: Online Masterclass with Hollywood Executive Jocelyn Diaz (bio below) When: May 19, 5:30 – 6:30pm EST Where: Online via Zoom link How: Register on our website HERE and pay what you can ($20 suggested value) About Jocelyn Diaz After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1999 with a degree in… 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 – Richmond International Film Festival online Series – May 4 – Free

Richmond International Film Festival presents the RIFFx Online Series, co-presented by the RIFF Arts Institute. Monday, May 4 at 2pm RIFFx Series episode features 16 BARS with some very special guests! Catch it at 2pm Eastern time via Facebook Live Broadcast @ Facebook.com/RVAFilmFest

Statewide – The TIVA Peer Awards Live Stream – May 3 – Free

The #23rdTIVAPeerAwards will be streaming live from the facilities at Interface Media Group and Glass River Media (taking care to observe all social-distancing protocols) on Sunday, May 3, starting with a “virtual cocktail hour” at 5:30p and the ceremony itself at 6:15p. We will embed the YouTube livestream on our website, www.tivadc.org, and you can view directly from  YouTube here,… Read more »

Online – VPA Celebrates Women in Film and Video DC with Melissa Houghton – April 30 Zoom – Free

Melissa Houghton, Executive Director of Women and Film in Video presents information pertinent to the industry. Networking from 6-630pm* Then Melissa Hougton at 6:30 with topics followed by Q&A. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9162883008?pwd=NTJnL01EMVFlbWZJTGN6N1hUSEwvZz09 The Zoom link is above for April 30, 2020 at 6pm. *If you are unfamiliar with Zoom – PLEASE join early! As a courtesy to… 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 »