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.
2021 Award Winners
2nd - Guilt
3rd - Maddi
4th - Firefighter
5th - Milton
Winner Gold Trail Pass
4th Grandma Was a Gangster
5th. Francis Underground
Best Music Video A$$ Level
Best Midnight Feature An Ideal Host
Best Director Midnight Feature Robert Woods for An Ideal Host
Best Director Midnight Short Theo Rhys for Stuffed
Best Cinematography Midnight Feature Matt Henley for Coming Home in the Dark
Best Midnight Short Stuffed
Best Cinematography Midnight Short Piers McGrail for Stuffed
Winner Best Student Film Mum's Sweater
Appa Appa Appa
Best Director Student Film Anna Sang Park for Appa Appa Appa
Best Cinematography Student Film Erin G. Wesley for Mors Dag
Jury Special Mention Actor Jack Riley in Each Other
Jury Special Mention Short Funeral
Jury Special Mention Midnight Short Final
Narrative Short Awards
Winner Dolapo is Fine
An Occurrence at Arverne
Best Director Ethosheia Hylton for Dolapo is Fine
Best Cinematography The Tide
Best Actor Liam Thomas in The Tide
Best Actress Doyin Ajiboye in Dolapo is Fine
Best Supporting Actor Tie:
Robert Tarango in Feeling Through & Jerry Carlton for In France Michelle is a Man’s Name
Best Supporting Actress DeAnna Toten Beard in The Age of Bryce
Jury Special Mentions
Best Editing - Urban Sphinx
Best Animated Short Homeward (for attention to detail)
Best Sound Design Tie:
Wild Will & Each Other
Winner Tanagokoro: A Culinary Portrait
Once the Dust has Settled
Best Director Marlén Viñayo for Unforgivable
Best Cinematography Victoria Fistes & Masashi Nozaki for Tanagokoro: A Culinary Portrait
Local Film Awards
Winner The Making of: Please Don’t Make me play Piano Man
Deaf Reach: Hope for Pakistan
Best Director Steve Nerangis for The Making of: Please Don’t Make me play Piano Man
Best Actor Julian Velard for The Making of: Please Don’t Make me play Piano Man
Best Actress Bonnie Jourdan for Legacy Sessions
Best Local Documentary Tainted Blood
Special Jury Mention Just a Guy
Winner Best Documentary Feature The Conductor
Nominated Joy Womack: The White Swan
Best Cinematography Beyond the Visiable- Hilma AF Klint
Best Director The Conductor
Narrative Feature Awards
Best Narrative Feature Coming Home in The Dark
Best Director James Ashcroft for Coming Home in The Dark
Best Cinematography Philippe Kress for A Beautiful Curse:
Best Actor Javad Ezati in Drown
Best Actress Shein Mompremier in Ludi
Best Supporting Actor Matthias Luafutu in Coming Home in the The Dark
Best Supporting Actress Tannaz Tabatabaei in Drown
Jury Special Mention for Acting Mark Strepan in A Beautiful Curse
Jury Special Mention Production Design A Beautiful Curse
Special Mention for Outstanding Performance Svetlana Yancheva for Fear
Spotlight Emerging Director A Shot through the Wall Aimee Long
Spotlight Film Peace By Chocolate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com with entry title in subject line.
LAFF reserves the right to change these rules.