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
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 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 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 with entry title in subject line.

LAFF reserves the right to change these rules.

Overall Rating
  • Jonathan Fisher

    I would give LaFF 10 stars if I could! Wendy and company are the best, the most solicitous festival people I've experienced. Wonderful venues, top-notch communication. I was even introduced to a fan of the film who is now helping to promote it. Can't say enough good things.

    September 2021
  • WOW! What a fantastic event. The festival organizers were supportive and enthusiastic, as were the audiences. The quality of the films was outstanding, and the programming was thoughtful and focused. Communication was great, and the networking opportunities were fantastic. This festival absolutely needs to be on your list as a filmmaker or fan.

    September 2021
  • 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
    Response from festival:

    John, Thanks so much for submitting your screenplay!!! A well deserved selection. Looking forward to seeing your new work.

  • 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!!