The Loudoun Arts Film Festival takes place in Leesburg, VA 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.

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. In addition, a project may have screened for an online platform. This is only for the 2020 festival and will be reviewed for future years.

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.

We will have further details in the coming weeks regarding location and dates. Both passes and individual tickets for the online and drive-in events will be available for sale. Please be sure to follow us on our social media accounts for upcoming programming announcements and details of the upcoming events.


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.

Our Best Director (Overall), and Best Cinematographer (for both short and feature films) will receive a prize package from Shot Lister.

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 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.

Overall Rating
  • It was a great experience. Everyone was very professional and our film got a lot of exposure. Thank you so much.

    September 2020