The Loudoun Arts Film Festival takes place in Leesburg, VA August 7-9th under the umbrella of The Loudoun Arts Council and in coordination with local government agencies. LAFF is a non-profit organization serving as an international platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment. LAFF supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through workshops, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance.

We are seeking submissions of films, screenplays, and music videos.

In light of COVID-19 and its effects on global events and the film festival industry, the Loudoun Arts Film Festival will keep our current Regular Submission prices throughout the remainder of the submission period rather than increasing the Late and Extended Submission deadlines.

LAFF is currently working on some plans for the festival should we not be able to hold the large scale event we had planned in August. Obviously things are still up in the air at this time. Rest assured that we do plan to proceed with the festival but it may look a bit different. Once we have our backup plan more flushed out we will reach out to all submitters with details.

Due to the COVID19 virus, a project may have screened for an online platform. This is only for the 2020 festival and will be reviewed for future years.


Virginia Short
Virginia Feature
Music Video
Director / Feature
Director / Short
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Screenplay Feature
Screenplay Short

We are proud to have InkTip as a sponsor for our festival! InkTip is a service that producers and reps use to find great screenplays, and the results speak for themselves. 393 movies have been made from scripts and writers found on their site.

Our top 2 winning feature screenplays and 1 winning short screenplay will receive a prize package which includes one (1) InkTip script listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.

Submitted films must have been completed January of 2018 or later to be submitted in competition.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted.

Filmmaker must provide a working link on FilmFreeway, Vimeo or equivalent.

Filmmaker must be able to provide Pro Res files or equivalent for screening. In some cases a DCP may be required.

Any film with an incomplete edit must provide a description in the cover letter of items to be completed. Completed films are encouraged and incomplete films are not assured acceptance.

Entrant will allow usage of clips and images from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

The submitter warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agree to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the festival and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.

LAFF festival does not pay screening fees.

Paying a submission fee does not guarantee acceptance

Due to the COVID19 virus, a project may have screened for an online platform. This is only for the 2020 festival and will be reviewed for future years.

Student film entries must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc. and should be emailed at time of entry to with entry title in subject line.

LAFF reserves the right to change these rules.