PVIFF is hosted by Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."

Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Actor/Director, Mario Van Peebles, Actress, Ruby Dee, Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Actor/Comedian, Anthony Anderson, Producer, Roger Bobb formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Director, Malcolm Lee, Casting Director, Alpha Tyler formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Casting Director, Kim Hardin, Emmy Award Winning Producer, Dean Hargrove, Casting Director & Producer, Reuben Cannon formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor, Bill Nunn, Director, Kenny Leon, Humanitarian, Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta & The Great Idea" was nominated for an Academy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.

Distribution opportunities, marketing and packaging support, cash prizes, surprise sponsor awards and more.

Screenwriter winners will also have an opportunity to win an awesome prize package from Ink Tip to include:

Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.

Screenwriter competition winners will also have their work reviewed by a group of selected film and television producers seeking projects to finance and produce. Previous winners have gone on to be financed, produced and distributed by various entities some include SONY, AMC Theatres, Amazon, TUBI, BET Plus, Global Genesis Group and many more.

PVIFF is again partnering with JARO, an exciting multi-media digital platform, to launch our fifth annual short film competition. This year we are also including documentary shorts. Our partnership with JARO will provide filmmakers an opportunity to promote their works and have their films watched and voted on via an online audience. The top short films/docs will be chosen by an industry-select jury with representation from JARO, African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and PVIFF. The winners will receive a guaranteed slot at PVIFF. The top 3 winners of the Short Film/Short Docs Competition will receive special awards and cash prizes. Top rated films/docs that are selected will be automatically eligible to participate in JARO’s filmmaker marketing, promotion and monetization programs for time they are selected as finalists for the competition for a minimum of 90 days post festival.

“We’re excited about our ongoing partnership with PVIFF at JARO. Our goal is to partner with emerging filmmakers to discover, promote and distribute great content that attracts a wide viewing audience and we believe that PVIFF has a variety of content to choose from through their talented filmmakers that submit each year,” says JARO Founder and CEO, Richard DeVaughn.

About JARO:
JARO is a media technology company that serves as the premier online streaming destination focused on presenting "The Arts and Culture" as produced by emerging and established creators across the global Black Diaspora to be experienced by African American audiences and their cohorts. For more information about JARO visit: www.watchjaro.com.

Filmmakers must agree to let their films be shown at the discretion of the festival. This means that the filmmaker may not receive the opportunity for his/her film to be showcased. Top short films/short docs selected by our jury (including PVIFF, AAFCA and JARO participants),unless otherwise specified, will be shown on www.watchjaro.com and rated by JARO’s online audience as a part of PVIFF's review process for final film selections. All JARO Short film/Short Doc winners must agree to let their films be shown on the JARO platform for at least three months following the award announcement to accommodate post event promotional opportunities. All information regarding film showcases will be shared with the winners and prizes will be given to the winners that enter their correct contact information. We will attempt to contact the winning filmmaker twice following the festival regarding their award. If we do not receive a response from the filmmaker within 10 business days the award will be withheld.