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Virginia – Virginia Is For Film Lovers Contest – Deadline July 17- FREE

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 to Virginia Is For Film Lovers Contest by May 29, 2017, at 9 p.m. EST. FIRST 5 SUBMISSIONS WILL RECEIVE A T-SHIRT IN THE MAIL!

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 July 17, 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

Submission Due By

Jul 17, 2017 at 9:00pm EDT (America/New_York)

Voting Opens:

Jul 18, 2017 at 10:00am EDT (America/New_York)

Voting Closes:

Jul 25, 2017 at 10:00pm EDT (America/New_York)

Final Round Voting Opens:

Jul 25, 2017 at 12:00pm EDT (America/New_York)

Final Round Voting Closes

Jul 28, 2017 at 12:00pm 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