Get your film screened by DISTRIBUTORS and PRODUCERS specializing in short film format! Kismet Virtual Film Festival (KVFF) is dedicated to promoting short films (20 minutes or less rt) by independent filmmakers from around the world. We’re accepting short films in ten different genres as well as a student film category. The top films in each genre, including the student film category, will be shown during our festival, 30 September 2 - October 2020, and the winners will receive AWARDS, LAURELS, and CASH Prizes!

We are different kind of film festival because we have distributors lined up to screen ALL submissions. We will also have a Showcase of the best films along with our top award winning films.

SUBMISSION DATES: 18 May – 17 Sept 2020
Early bird: 18 May – 14 June: $10.00 – Gold Members: $7.00
Regular: 15 June –28 Aug: $15.00 – Gold Members: $10.00
Extended:29 Aug – 17 Sept: $30.00 – Gold Members: $25.00

Student: Early bird 18 May – 14 June: $7.00 - Gold Members: $6.00
Student: Regular 15 June – 28 Aug: $7.00 - Gold Members: $6.00
Student: Extended 29 Aug – 17 Sept: $20.00 - Gold Members: $18.00

Wednesday: 30 September 2020 – Time TBD
Thursday: 1 October 2020- Time TBD
Friday:: 2 October 2020 – AWARDS SHOW – Time TBD
(ALL Films receiving an award will be aired during the Awards Show.)

One (1) Winner in each of the following Genres will win a CASH PRIZE and a Digital Award Certificate with Laurels.

- Best Animation
- Best Arthouse
- Best Comedy
- Best Documentary
- Best Drama
- Best Horror
- Best Music Video (Original Music only… for copyright reasons.)
- Best Sci-Fi
- Best Student / Youth Filmmaker
- Best Webisode

Of the Ten films in each Genre, there will be one (1) Winner in each of the following categories. The prizes are: a Subscription to a digital publication (TBD), a Digital Award Certificate, and a Gift Card (TBD).

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


1.) The SELECTIONS COMMITTEE will begin viewing each film from 30 August - 13 September 2020, and will choose the Top 10 Films in Each Genre.

2.) The TOP 10 Films in Each Genre (Comedy, Drama, Animation, Music Video, and Documentary) will be aired on our YouTube channel during the Film Festival Weekend: 18 – 20 September 2020.

3.) Our Panel of FILM FESTIVAL JUDGES will determine the Best Film in each Genre as well as two (2) Runners Up.

4.) ALL TOP 10 FILMS in Each Genre will be also considered to win in the following categories. Our panel of FILM FESTIVAL JUDGES will determine the winners.
- Best Director
- Best Cinematography
- Best Editor
- Best Performance
- Best Screenplay / Story

**NOTE: Great News! If you didn’t make it into the TOP 3 you’re still eligible to win in the above Categories. If you did win in your Genre, you’re still eligible to win in the above categories.

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’ Overall will Win the Audience Choice Award.


1.) A GOOD STORY and CREATIVITY are must haves! Please follow the guidelines of your state or country regarding quarantining and social distancing during this time. If you can find a creative way to incorporate people quarantining in different spaces, by all means please do so.

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. Webisodes must be under 30 minutes. SHORT FILMS ONLY. NO MANUSCRIPTS OR SCREENPLAYS.

4.) Films must be appropriate for ALL AGES. That means NO on-screen Nudity and NO on-screen gratuitous Violence. KICFF 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. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Early bird: 18 May – 14 June: $10.00 – Gold Members: $7.00
Regular: 15 June – 9 Aug: $15.00 – Gold Members: $10.00
Extended: 10 Aug – 29 Aug: $30.00 – Gold Members: $25.00

Student: Early bird 18 May – 19 July: $7.00 - Gold Members: $6.00
Student: Regular 15 June – 9 Aug: $7.00 - Gold Members: $6.00
Student: Extended 10 Aug – 29 Aug: $20.00 - Gold Members: $18.00


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.

7.) ALL FILMS should be UPLOADED to FilmFreeway upon submission and payment. Please include a still photo along with a tag line (20 words or less) and your bio (75 words or less). We will need these items to showcase you in our program if your film is selected.

8.) Must obtain and include permission for copyrighted materials at the time the film is entered. This includes, but is not limited to: music, additional film materials, photos, posters, etc. NO EXCEPTIONS.

9.) If your film is selected as one of the Top 10 in its Genre, you must have Release Forms from ALL Actors in the film on hand. We will be requesting them prior to the Festival Dates. NO EXCEPTIONS.

10.) Should your film be among one of the TOP 10 that will be featured in our Film Festival, we will be requesting your permission to download it so can be uploaded it to our Film Festival Server. If we can’t obtain your permission, you will forfeit your Top 10 ranking and your film will not be in the festival.

11.) ALL PRIZES will be sent out within 45 days of the Award Show Announcements (by 4 November 2020). We will send an email to Each WINNER. It will be the Winner’s Responsibility to respond to that email so that we can obtain and confirm where to send your Awards and/or Prizes. Please be sure to provide us with an Accurate Working Email Address and/or to Inform us of Any Changes to your Email or Contact Information. Should you Fail to Respond to our Emails within that 45 day period of time (by 4 November 2020), you will Forfeit your Prizes and/or Awards. NO EXCEPTIONS.

12.) Must be 18 years or older on the date you submit your entry. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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


Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Oswaldo Salas

    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