This is a special event designed to inspire creativity in our community while raising thousands of dollars for scholarships. We are accepting submissions for elementary, junior high, senior high, college, and adult age groups. We will have live judges voting for the top video per category. The judges have directed major films and have been involved in commercial production for decades. The crowd will get to vote live via text. We will be showing the top 5 videos per category on a 10x18 feet ultra high def LED wall.

There will be two winners per category highlighted at the event - the judges pick and the crowd favorite. There will be $1,000 in prizes given out to the winners from each category. Some prizes include cash, drone, video production gear, GoPro, stabilizer, and more.

Please Note: The JL Video Film Festival does not waive entry fees. We believe waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect, we do not invite films to be in competition. Only films that are submitted will be considered for competition.

All short films must be 2-3 minutes in length and be a PG rating as this is a family event. Extreme violence, profanity, sexual jokes and references, nudity, racial jokes, witchcraft, or other non-PG rated inferences will be accepted. Any genre (action, suspense, comedy, romance) is acceptable.

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform or a password-protected streaming URL. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival at immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
We won't accept films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file for exhibition, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2020. Films must be available for screening during the JL Video Film Festival on February 26, 2022.

Films with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for JLVFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition. Short Films that have played in Tampa in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to February 26, 2022 are not eligible to compete at the JL Video Film Festival. This includes online screenings through festivals based in Tampa. The ONLY exception is that a short may play as part of a class screening for an accredited university’s film program. We prefer that shorts be Florida premieres. Submitted films may not be publicly available online prior to the festival. Private screenings to a small group of friends and family do not count as publicly available online. Private invite-only screenings (for instance for cast and crew or donors) do not affect a film’s eligibility.

JLVFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund. Films that are selected to screen at the Festival may not necessarily be selected to be “in competition” for awards purposes. Notifications regarding potential selection for competition status possibly may occur subsequent to notifications of acceptance for exhibition.

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the festival. Neither the festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. JLVFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

Films that have not received a full color edit/grade, or sound design are eligible for submission. JLVFF prefers picture-locked submissions for the consideration process. JLVFF's focus is on story, technical changes such as color or sound will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version.

Once an entry payment has been received, we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by JLVFF in connection with the dispute. You MUST include your physical address either in your entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.

Credit cards is an acceptable payment method. Payments made with a check are subject to our Bounced Check Policy: If we receive a returned check from our bank for a payment you made, you will be invoiced for the original amount of the check plus a $25 bounced check fee. The payment of the invoiced amount will be due within 30 days of invoice date. We will not re-submit the original check, nor will we accept another check for repayment. Repayment must be made by money order or cashier’s check.

JLVFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process. JLVFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by JLVFF or by its volunteers.

Winners will be announced on the event date, February 26, 2022. The judges’ decision is final. Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.