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, Producer, Roger Bobb 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, surprise sponsor awards and more. Screenwriter winners will also have an opportunity to win an awesome prize package from Ink Tip to include:

InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip's magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps.

InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Filmmakers will also have an opportunity to land a distribution deal with TV 4 Entertainment.

“We’re excited to explore new, broadband distribution opportunities with PVIFF, and its diverse roster of indie filmmakers and content partners. Our existing partnerships and upcoming direct-to-consumer platform will allow us to distribute PVIFF’s movies and documentaries to a global audience, any time, anywhere, and on every device,” says Nick Turner, founding partner of TV4 Entertainment.

About TV4 Entertainment:
TV4 Entertainment aggregates high-quality video content into a portfolio of genre-specific Broadband Television Networks, and super-distributes those Networks to any Internet-connected device globally. TV4 Entertainment’s existing portfolio includes a dozen networks, and reaches millions of unique users every month. The portfolio includes: DocComTV, aimed at documentary devotees; All Warrior Network, for fans of the military genre; Motorland, a video network for automotive enthusiasts; the Undisputed Champion Network, which has programming for boxing fans; and The Clarity Project, a channel exploring child illness, among others. TV4 Entertainment also has 30+ additional networks in development.


PVIFF recently partnered with a new exciting film, media and art digital platform entitled Jaro Media Services to launch their first short film competition together. This partnership with Jaro will provide filmmakers an opportunity to have their films watched and voted on via an online audience, and the top films chosen by Jaro and PVIFF’s jury will receive a guaranteed slot at PVIFF. The top 3 winners of the Short Film Competition sponsored by Jaro will receive special awards and cash prizes. Top rated films that are selected will also have an opportunity to participate in Jaro's filmmaker revenue pool for that specified quarter.

“We’re excited about this partnership with PVIFF at Jaro. Our goal is to find 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’s Founder/CEO, Richard DeVaughn.

About Jaro:
Jaro Media Services is a media platform where viewers can Sit back and enjoy 24 hours of exclusive black films, emerging web series, visual art, and shorts! See works from emerging and popular film makers, directors, and visual artists. We’re dedicated to delivering the best entertainment news along with the latest commentary to keep you up to date 24/7. 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 selected by our jury 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 film selections. 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.

Overall Rating
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    Shanalyna Palmer

    Overall, PVIFF was a positive experience. I did wish the awards show had shown clippings or trailers from the nominated and winning films. It would have given the up and coming filmmakers a moment to shine beside the established filmmakers who were honored. Other than that, the awards show was beautifully done and I was proud have my film showcased at the festival and hope to return with more films in the future.

    November 2017
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    Egypt Robinson

    I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Even with the hurricane interrupting the conference original programming, the leadership MADE IT WORK.

    Many don't understand how hard it is to improvise when a natural disaster.

    This was a beautiful experience and I'm thankful I attempted.


    October 2017
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    Palmer Edward

    We had an exciting time at the festival, and I was also privileged to be a participate in the festival. Thanks again.

    February 2017
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    James Carroll

    Very professional group of people with a great vision for filmmakers.

    October 2016
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    Tanesa Kassa

    I wish they would provide flight and rooms to the Official Finalist! Instead of we coming out of our pockets!! But overall it was okay!

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Tanesa we definitely understand. As we continue to grow we hope that we can offer this to finalists. Unfortunately with the decline in sponsorship dollars from the corporate sector it's hard to make this a priority. We will consider this going forward and we truly appreciate your support and wish you nothing but mountains of success.