Shenandoah County is located in a very rural area of Virginia where the opportunity for arts and cultural events are limited. The Strasburg Film Festival strives to provide our local economy a boost, as well as festivalgoers a unique look into the creative minds of you, the film community. We hope that maybe someone in the audience will become inspired to choose a career path into the arts.

More importantly, all proceeds will go to the theatre programs from within the Shenandoah County Public School District. From there, those funds will be distributed to the schools across the county where the focus is on creating or enhancing drama/theater-related programs.

We will have unique trophies to hand out to the category winners. Our town was founded on the basis of pottery, so we will be giving you unique pots that will resemble what was made when our town was founded in 1761.

We are now accepting submissions for the Strasburg Film Festival.

Our Festival strives to present the most interesting and thought-provoking films. We seek out films that both entertain audiences and challenge them to widen their perspectives.

Submissions can only be made online at

NOTE: Choose one category for your submission. If you choose multiple categories you will be disqualified.

1. Organization
The Strasburg Film Festival the main event that we - 501 (3) c Shenandoah Film Collaborative, Inc. (The Organization) - put on each year for our residents in Shenandoah County, Virginia as well as anyone who would be willing to travel to our humble community.

This is an all-volunteer organization, and any funds that are donated or raised is given back into programming or to our charity of focus, which is explained further on down.

We decided to use the word “Collaborative” in our organization name because it embodies what we aim to achieve – for us to become successful we need multiple parties to work together for producing an excellent product.

We want to show the next generation that there are many ways of expressing one’s interests.

Our organization serves Shenandoah County, Virginia, which is New Market to Strasburg and everywhere in between.

2. Mission
We have two areas of focus:

1) Offer opportunities for residents to experience the wonders of film and filmmaking that is not a byproduct of Hollywood. We use our extensive movie catalog and connections with filmmakers to:
- Increase economic development for businesses
- Raise funds for non-profits or civic organizations
- Enhance educational curriculum for entities that have expressed an academic interest in filmmaking.

2) Raise funds and awareness for the Shenandoah County Public School System theater/drama-related programming.

In early November we host the Strasburg Film Festival. This is an annual event within the town of Strasburg, VA that encourages filmmakers to submit their works of art so that all people will have an opportunity to enjoy their creativity. When we mean “all”, we achieve this by keeping ticket costs low or offering free tickets to families who are on a tight budget.

3. Notification of Series Status
The Organization will inform all entrants whether their submissions have been accepted or not through FilmFreeway

4. Entry Fee

There is no fee.

5. Eligibility

• The Festival accepts submissions that fit into the parameters that are established in each category.
• All submitted material must have a copyright date of 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, or 2015,
• All films whose original language is something other than English must be subtitled or dubbed into English

6. Selection Criteria

• The action of the film should be stories that are culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal.
• Film content should be creative, highly original, and demonstrate artistic and technical mastery.

Content must not include:

• Excessive or gratuitous violence, nudity, or profanity as we will be showing these films in an outdoor setting.
• Content that advocates and supports racial, cultural, religious, or gender bias.

7. Formats and Print Traffic
Upon acceptance into our Film Series, the Event Manager will contact the submitter about appropriate exhibition copies of their film.

8. Acceptance
Acceptance is determined by several citizens from within our area.

9. Correspondence
All correspondence to the Shenandoah Film Collaborative management, including entry forms and support materials, must be in the English language.

10. Rulings
The Festival/Event Committee and Shenandoah Film Collaborative Board of Directors reserve the right to rule on cases not covered by these regulations.

11. Fees
Screening fees will NOT be paid by the Shenandoah Film Collaborative for usage.

Overall Rating
  • Nicole Ferre

    Amazing... great festival... even though it was their first... Daniel was absolutely awesome and had everything planned to the core!
    THANKS to you and to your beautiful city of Strasburg!

    December 2018
  • Great communication. The festival was based in a quaint town and interesting venue. The festival director was on hand to talk about each selection, and I was able to meet several other filmmakers. I also enjoyed speaking to students during "Filmmaker in Education Day"

    November 2018
  • Was an honor to be part of the festival and overwhelmed with our win and nomination! Kind regards. But we are waiting our Certificate

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the reminder regarding the certificate. We sent it to you this evening. If you have trouble finding the email, let us know at

  • Michael Smith

    This was a great festival - especially considering it was their first year! Director Daniel Feldbusch did an incredible job communicating with filmmakers and promoting the festival screenings via the fest's website and social media pages. Screenings were held in a very cool venue - the Box Office Brewery, a beautiful old movie theater that has been converted into a craft brewery. Best of all, proceeds from the festival support public school theater programs in the county - a very worthy cause! Everyone in the town was very hospitable and I have the feeling that this is the kind of festival that will only get bigger and better with each year.

    November 2018