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.
We had a successful hybrid festival in 2020 with both a drive-in and a virtual event. It is our intent to have a fully in person event this fall. We are planning the event keeping the safety of our audience and creators in mind.
We promise to keep you all updated as our plans are solidified. Either way, please know that we will hold the event and will showcase and promote all accepted works in the best way possible.
2020 Award Winners
Narrative Feature Jury Awards
1 Murmur WINNER
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
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
Short Screenplay Awards
1 Making Waves WINNER
2.The West Virginian Starfish
3. Come Along, Harry Higgins
Winner Best Music Video
Audience Award Winners
Virtual: A Bastards Road
Drive In- The Outside Story
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 project must have been completed January of 2019 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.
Paying a submission fee does not guarantee acceptance
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 email@example.com with entry title in subject line.
Virginia film entries must provide proof of residence or local shooting and should be emailed at time of entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with entry title in subject line.
LAFF reserves the right to change these rules.