Welcome to 2021 KVFF Short Films Festival!
We are different kind of film festival because we have distributors and producers lined up to screen all submissions. We are truly for the independent filmmaker, not just another Hollywood hangout.

Our entry fee is reasonable considering what we have to offer filmmakers. We have great communication track record.

We get your films in front of active industry professionals, DISTRIBUTORS and PRODUCERS specializing in short and long film format! Kismet Virtual Film Festival (KVFF) is promoting independent filmmakers from around the world, who master the art of story telling in short films (20 minutes or less rt) .

The top films in each genre will be shown during our festival, 8 October - 25 October 2021, and the winners will receive LAURELS and a chance at a DISTRIBUTION DEAL. Last year 13 deals were made!

SUBMISSION DATES: 28 April – 17 Sept 2021
Early bird: 28 April – 21 May: $10.00 – Gold Members: $7.00
Regular: 22 May –28 Aug: $15.00 – Gold Members: $10.00
Extended: 29 Aug – 17 Sept: $30.00 – Gold Members: $25.00

VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL DATES:
Friday: 8 October 2021 – Time TBD
Saturday: 9 October 2021- Time TBD
Sunday: 10 October 2021 – AWARDS SHOW – Time TBD
Selected films will be aired during the Awards Show.

GENRE:
One (1) Award Winner will be selected from the top 10 films accepted in each of the following genres to win a Digital Award Certificate with Laurels.

- Best Comedy
- Best Documentary
- Best Drama
- Best Horror
- Best Sci-Fi
- Best Experimental

CATEGORY:
One (1) Award Winner will be selected from the top 10 films accepted in each of the following categories to win a Digital Award Certificate with Laurels.

- Best Director
- Best Cinematography
- Best Editor
- Best Performance
- Best Screenplay / Story
- Audience Choice

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JUDGING:
1.) The selections committee will begin viewing each film from 29 August - 25 September 2020, and will choose the top 10 films in each genre.

2.) The top 10 films in each genre (Comedy, Drama, Horror, Experimental, Documentary) will be aired on our YouTube channel during the Film Festival Weekend: 8 – 25 October 2021.

3.) Our panel of film festival judges will determine the award winning film in each genre as well as two (2) runners-up.

4.) Our panel of film festival judges will determine the award winning film in each category as well as two (2) runners-up.

5.) Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film(s) by tapping the LIKE button. The film that receives the most ‘Likes’ will win the Audience Choice Award.

FESTIVAL RULES & TERMS:

1.) A GOOD STORY and CREATIVITY are must haves!

2.) The film must have opening and closing credits and must have Hard-Coded English Subtitles if the film is not in English.

3.) Films must be between 3 and 20 minutes long, including opening and closing credits. SHORT FILMS ONLY. No manuscripts or screenplays will be admitted or returned.

4.) Films must be appropriate for all ages. That means NO on-screen nudity and NO on-screen gratuitous violence. KVFF reserves the right to refuse any submission that doesn’t abide by this rule, therefore the film will not be screened or considered by the festival’s selection committee nor will a refund be issued.

SUBMISSION DATES: 28 April – 17 Sept 2021
Early bird: 28 April – 21 May: $10.00 – Gold Members: $7.00
Regular: 22 May –28 Aug: $15.00 – Gold Members: $10.00
Extended: 29 Aug – 17 Sept: $30.00 – Gold Members: $25.00

VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL DATES:
Friday: 8 October 2021 – Time TBD
Saturday: 9 October 2021- Time TBD
Sunday: 10 October 2021 – AWARDS SHOW – Time TBD
(ALL Films receiving an award will be aired during the Awards Show.)

YOUR FILM MUST BE SUBMITTED AT THE SAME TIME OF ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT. NO EXCEPTIONS.

6.) If you want to enter the same film in one or more categories, you’ll be required to fill out a separate Entry Form and pay a separate Entrance Fee for each category.
One entry only per genre category.

7.) All films should be uploaded to FilmFreeway upon submission and payment. Please include a still photo/image along with a caption (20 words or less) and your bio (75 words or less).

8.) Film producer(s) must obtain, and include with entry form, verification of permission to include copyrighted materials (music, film, photos, posters, branding, etc, within the film). We cannot watch or show your film without the permissions.

WHEN YOU ARE A WINNER....

9.) If your film is selected as one of the top 10 in its genre, you must have release forms from any actors in the film. We will be requesting them prior to the festival dates. No need to send with Entry form, but have them ready in case you are a winner. We cannot show your film without the releases.

10.) If your film is selected as one of the top 10 in its genre, we will be requesting your permission to download it, in order to directly upload to our KVFF server. We cannot show your film without your permission.

11.) Laurels will be sent out within 45 days of the Award Show announcements.

12.) Must be 18 years or older on the date you submit your entry.

13.) Should you choose to withdraw your film from our festival, you will forfeit your entry fee. NO EXCEPTIONS.

14.) By completing the entry form, and paying the entrance fee, you agree to the above rules and terms.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Xaque Gruber

    A fantastic film festival - bringing together a wide variety of filmmakers and film fans from around the world. I feel honored to have had my work featured in Kismet Virtual Film Festival's inaugural year.

    October 2020
  • So proud to have submitted my film to a festival that truly values and supports emerging and young filmmakers.
    Excellent communication from Festival Director who really goes out of her way to highlight filmmakers and their films.
    Highly recommended.

    October 2020
  • Very proud and honored to have been part of the Official Selection of the festival. The communication of the staff has been very fluid and they are updating us during the development of the festival. Highly recommended.

    October 2020
  • Kismet was an amazing fest to participate in this year. Not only were they inviting, but they showed extreme interest in our film and wanting to take us further. I will submit to Kismet every year!

    October 2020
  • Nur Alishah Tibor

    Is fun and wonderful film festival! everyone should join and the staff was great in updating notifications promptly. Would love to put my next film into the festival sometime in the future!

    October 2020