The Loudoun Arts Film Festival takes place in Loudoun County, VA under the umbrella of The Loudoun Arts Council. 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.

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

Following the guidance of the CDC, and with the safety of our audience, creators, sponsors, and staff in mind, we have decided to move the festival to a combination drive-in theater and online event. Our online event will be through Eventive, a trusted site already hosting many festivals securely. We will have both geo tracking and ticketing caps available to protect our creator’s content. Some of the perks with an online festival are the ability to offer live Q & As, screenplay readings, and panels from around the globe. We are also looking into ways to include profit sharing with our creators on this platform. In addition, this platform will allow us to speak with international creators who may not have been able to attend in person even if COVID-19 was not an issue.

Although this differs from our original plans, we’re excited to showcase the creative content of so many incredible artists. Building community and celebrating artistic expression is at the core of our mission at the Loudoun Arts Film Festival. We look forward to continuing towards this goal - engaging with our community, celebrating our artists, and showcasing sponsors through the language of art.

2020 Award Winners

Narrative Feature Jury Awards
1 Murmur WINNER
2 1986
3 Show Me What You Got

Best Actor: Jason Biggs, The Subject
Best Actress: Shan MacDonald, Murmur
Best Supporting Actor: Evgeni Sangadzhiev, 1986
Best Supporting Actress: Cristina Rimbaldi, Show Me What You Got

Best Director: Heather Young, Murmur
Best Cinematography: Show Me What You Got
Breakthrough Performance: Daria Mureeva, 1986

Special Mention Best Ensemble Feature Beast Beast
Special Mention for Outstanding Performance in a Feature Aunjanue Ellis The Subject

Documentary Features Jury Awards
1 Finding Yingying WINNER
2 We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
3 A Most Beautiful Thing

Best Director: We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
Best Cinematography: Bastard's Road
Special Jury Mention for Setting the Historical Record Straight: Be Natural

Narrative Shorts Jury Awards
1 The Devil’s Harmony WINNER
2 Hudson Geese
3 Heart to Heart

Best Narrative Short Cinematography - Simon Dvoracek, Figurant
Best Narrative Short Director - Ashley Williams, Meats

Best Actor - Malik Shakur, Buck
Best Actor - Svetlana Alekseevna Barandich, Anna
Best Actor - David Tennant in Heart to Heart

Special Jury Prize for ensemble physical acting for the cast of No Exit
Special Jury Mention for its original approach to the subject matter, Eli .

Special Mention for outstanding breakout performance Maya Harman in Chubby
Special Mention for Outstanding Short film Skin

Documentary Shorts Jury Awards
1 No Crying at the Dinner Table WINNER
2 Lions in the Corner
3 The Starr Sisters

Best Directing: No Crying at the Dinner Table
Best Cinematography: Eastern Skies

Midnight Jury Awards
1 Regret WINNER
2 Waffle
3 Stucco

Best Actress - Katie Marovitch – Waffle
Best Actor - Brent Skagford – Regret
Best Supporting Actress - Kerry Barker – Waffle
Best Supporting Actor - Paco Hidalgo - Piggy

Best Director – Regret
Best Cinematography – SELFIE
Best Writing Waffle

Student Shorts Jury Awards
1 Sin Cielo WINNER
2 Hot & Tasty
3 Zorg II

Best Student Film Cinematography - Molly Manning Walker, November 1st
Best Student Director - Auden Lincoln-Vogel, Zorg II

VA Shorts Jury Awards
1 The First WINNER
2 The Killer of Grassy Ridge
3 Eastern Skies II
4 Operation Overlord

Special Mention Best emerging director Eva Ulreich

VA Feature Jury Award
Up to Snuff

Feature Screenplay Awards
1. Flat Rate Frank WINNER
2. Stranger to Blue Mountain
3. Kaleidoscope

Short Screenplay Awards
1 Making Waves WINNER
2.The West Virginian Starfish
3. Come Along, Harry Higgins

Winner Best Music Video
Go Bananas

Audience Award Winners
Virtual: A Bastards Road
Drive In- The Outside Story

Additional awards:
Spotlight Award Narrative Feature The Subject
Spotlight Award Documentary Feature A Most Beautiful Thing

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.

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 project 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.

Overall Rating
  • As the screenwriter for the script, Crash Site, I was honored that it was included as an Official Selection and you you chose this powerful story of a strong woman defying the odds to investigate a deadly airline crash. Thank you.

    November 2020
  • Lofty Sky Entertainment

    Great to have our film 'Ask No Questions' at Loudoun Arts this year. Well organized despite of being held during a pandemic!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for sharing this powerful Doc with us!!!! We look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

  • They did a hybrid event, online and a drive in, during covid. They worked hard to pull it off. Congrats to everyone!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for being a part of it!!

  • Andrew Koponen

    Awesome festival. See you next year.


    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Andrew! Looking forward to seeing new work from you!

  • What a great team! Communication was fantastic. I wish that I could have been there in person this year as the in-person portion of the fest looked fun. Great work!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Cedric!! This means a great deal coming from a fellow festival organizer. We hope to be able to see you in person for the festival in the future.