James River Short Film Showcase is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is an international juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art.

Films entered that run beyond 20 min. will not be accepted and the entry fee will not be reimbursed.

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, third places and the Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film to a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 8th, 2019 will be notified by October 20th, 2019. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the November 8th, 2019, 6:30 pm James River Short Films Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre Richmond, VA. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

The James River Short Film Showcase is an annual juried competition of short films (20 min. or less) awarding $2000 to prize winners--this year's finalists screening will be held November 8th, 2019 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Dating to 1994, the competition is open to experimental, animated, short narrative and documentary films of 20 minutes or less. Films entered that run beyond 20 min. will not be accepted and the entry fee will not be reimbursed. Deadline for entries is September 16th, 2019! The competition is sponsored by the James River Film Society and the Virginia Film Office.

Films entered that run beyond 20 min. will not be accepted and the entry fee will not be reimbursed.

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  • Olivier Magis

    Very good festival. Great chance to be screened in Virginia!

    January 2019