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The Virginia Film Office & Virginia Tourism Film Contest Is Now Open!

Virginia Film Office and Virginia Tourism Corporation Launch the Virginia Audience Awards Competition

Almost 50 years ago, the iconic tourism slogan “Virginia is for Lovers” was born. An attempt at several versions was made, each pointing to different facets of the Commonwealth: lovers of history, beaches, and mountains. There’s so much to love about Virginia, it simply became “Virginia is for Lovers.” Now add to that music, film, craft beer, oysters, film. The list goes on.

Virginia Tourism and the Virginia Film Office put out a call to all filmmakers to rise to the same challenge that existed in 1969. Can you capture the glory which is Virginia?



Show us what there is to love about Virginia by creating a 30- to 90-second video on 1080p HD and submitting it by May 29, 2017, at 9 p.m. EST.

This short film competition is inspired by the Virginia Screenwriting Competition.

The call for entries opens at the Virginia Film Festival November 3, 2016, and closes May 29, 2017, at 9pm EST. After the close of submissions, your audience can log into Audience Awards to vote for your video every day. A jury from the Virginia Film Office will also select winning entries from submitted videos. Audience and jury selected submissions will win cash prizes totaling $15,000.

Anyone may submit to the contest free of charge. Audience Awards provides a stage for short films and engaging stories. Our platform is dedicated to celebrating the power of storytelling and building an audience for short films and filmmakers. Created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, we are here to help you grow your career and fund your film dreams. Be sure to read the voting FAQs and ask our contest moderator any questions you may have on the discussion tab.


30 to 90 seconds


May 29, 2017 at 9:00pm EDT (America/New_York)


May 30, 2017 at 10:00am EDT (America/New_York)


Jun 05, 2017 at 10:00pm EDT (America/New_York)




1st Place Jury Award: $5,000

2nd Place Jury Award: $2,000


1st Place Audience Award: $5,000

2nd Place Audience Award: $2,000

3rd Place Audience Award: $1,000


FOR MORE INFO, GO TO: virginia.org/filmlovers