From the producer of the Richmond 48 Hour Film Project and creator of the VHSL Film Festival comes the Richmond Film Network Short Film Series. This recurring monthly event seeks innovative short, independent film submissions from diverse cinematic creators for public, theatrical screening in one of the "Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker" [MovieMaker Magazine 2020] and “the #1 Most Artistic Mid-Sized City in America" [Gogobot 2015].

This Series showcases ingenuity—the fresh voices experimenting and creating brilliant work without commercial pressure or restraint, and introduces them to an audience that is likely unfamiliar with them. It’s a way to celebrate the filmmakers, the work and to support the vibrant artistic landscape that already exists in the River City.

This is a boutique experience in the middle of the week where creatives, cinephiles, and general audiences alike can discover independent new works and original storytellers in cinema.

Submissions from women, BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Virginians are especially encouraged.

A slate of films is selected for screening at each event, and each screening is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers in attendance or guest panelists.

Upcoming Series Event Dates:
November 16, 2022
December 14, 2022
January 18, 2023
February 15, 2023

An award featuring Richmond Film Network official selection laurels is presented to the films selected each month to screen in this exclusive series.

Submissions must be no longer than 25 minutes total run time and must have been created in the last 18 months (with exceptions on a case-by-case basis). Although not mandatory, Virginia premieres are preferred. If accepted, submissions must not be accessible online from time of notification through the end of Series (generally a period of one month). Submissions must be in English, subtitled in English or silent. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Submitters must have a complete Film Freeway profile for their film with standard Electronic Press Kit assets including, but not limited to: film, trailer, poster, stills, director headshot, director bio, logline, cast and crew credits, etc.

Works in Progress: We can accept a work in progress by our submission deadline date with the understanding and caveat that final decisions will be made based on what film version we have no later than our notification deadline two weeks later. We cannot extend decisions beyond our notification deadline given the tight turnaround to produce a monthly Series.

Submitters must have rights to the work submitted and understand that submission of the work authorizes Wheelhouse Productions and the Richmond Film Network Short Film Series to screen the work and use the work for any exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes. Wheelhouse Productions and the Richmond Film Network Short Film Series is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits or royalty infringement related to the work.

Overall Rating
  • Sassy Mohen

    Richmond Film Festival was amazing! I highly recommend this festival, they do such a great job to make you feel welcome as a filmmaker and really go out of their way to meet your needs. They do great promotion and social media PR, I can't wait to see this festival continue to grow.

    January 2023
  • A very professional and accommodating festival showcasing filmmaking talent.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this kind review, Devon. We appreciate your participation and support!