Filmmakers and Music Artists from across America and around the globe come to Temecula every September since 1995 to participate and enjoy in the celebration of the two most influential, most enduring, most entertaining art forms and commerce of: FILM AND MUSIC.

Through screenings and concerts and other associated events, the festival presents a wide spectrum of contemporary filmmaking (feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, foreign films, student films) and music (rock to pop, rhythm and blues to jazz, country to classic, solo artists to ensembles).
Entering its 18th edition, the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival is scheduled to occur, September 17-21, 2014.

The festival has evolved from a small grassroots affair to a world class film and music event showcasing and honoring significant artists --Emerging and established, known and unknown, independent and mainstream filmmakers and musicians from across America and around the globe gather in Temecula every September to celebrate the art of film and music.

Located between Los Angeles and San Diego in the gorgeous wine and equestrian community of Temecula, the festival has had the luxury of consistent participation and attendance by film and music industry professionals. Lifetime/Career Achievement Award honorees and industry guests include David Foster, Carl Reiner, Kenny Loggins, Leonard Maltin, Peter Bogdanovich, Cybill Shepherd. Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Hector Elizondo, Ray Charles, William Shatner, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Virginia Madsen, James Denton, Michael Madsen, Jonathan Lynn, Louis Gossett, Jr., Lucas Foster, Howard Gordon, Dennis Haysbert, Rennie Harlin, Billy Preston, Etta James, George Lopez, Trevor Rabin, Martin Sheen, Robert Wise, Raquel Welch, Connie Stevens, Karl Malden, Michael York,Isaac Hayes, Frances Fisher,John Badham, Rick Schroder, Marsha Mason, Diane Ladd, Shirley Jones, Adrian Paul, Natasha Hentsridge, Sean Astin,Dom DeLuise,John Spencer, Casper Van Dien, Catherine Oxenberg, Gil Cates, UCLA's Howard Suber, USC's Elizabeth Daley, AFI's Sam Grogg,Rita Coolidge, John Landis, UCLA's Dean Robert Rosen, Kay Panabaker, Charles Burnett, Gena Rowlands, Mike Curb, Earth Wind and Fire, Andy Fickman, Lucas Grabeel, Steve Rushton, San Diego State University's School of Film, Theater & TV, etc.

Overview of 2014 TVIFF Programs
TVIFF features a diverse array of narrative feature films, live action and animated shorts, documentaries, student films, foreign films and a variety of new digital media, as well as a great lineup of industry panels and seminars, marketplace, tributes, retrospectives, film/music youth education and special programs, and star studded red carpet events.

What Sets Us Apart?
First, our independent filmmaker and music artist slant.
Competition for recognition and exposure for independent talent is fierce.

TVIFF was established and has remained for 17 years to be a true advocate and accessible home for independent film and music artists. We have built a genuine networking hub for filmmakers and music artists and for industry people to mingle, network, party and do business in an awesome, accessible, unpretentious and most relaxing atmosphere of Southern California’s premiere wine country, Temecula.

Another is our eclectic Film and Music Programming.
TVIFF has always celebrated artistic expression and welcomed a diversity of visions, sounds and viewpoints, with cinematic and music excellence as the overriding principle guiding our selection of films, music artists and our awards gala honorees.

We do not cater to one particular genre. So long as the film tells a good story and the music tugs at the heart of our audience, we are in. We offer in the best way possible a little something of everything for everybody.

The Film Program
Since 1995, the festival has screened over 1,500 films from 20+ countries. Programming TVIFF has been about creativity, diversity and excellence. Whether its a documentary about the world’s fascination with the Honey Boo Boos of the world or a short comedy about seniors and internet dating or learning to speak Russian or a feature film on human trafficking, the films screened at TVIFF represent how diverse, funny, terrifying and incredible our world is, was and/or has become. TVIFF will continue to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema

Categories showcased are U.S. and International narrative features, live action and animated shorts, student films and documentaries. Special sections will include retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers and area youth/student filmmakers.

The MusicFest Showcase
The primary goals of our MusicFest component are (1) to provide an environment for music artists and filmmakers to meet, network, share each other’s work and perhaps collaborate and do business; (2) to provide a forum by which new, unsigned musical talents are showcased before an international audience of music industry professionals and music loving fans; (3) to expand MusicFest to be the premier global stage for artists seeking to promote their latest works and (4) Feature programming from industry notables, artist-focused workshops, meet ups, mentoring, pitch sessions and world-class performances.

The TVIFF Marketplace
A two day one-stop industry trade show for the independent creative professional. T

TVIFF Marketplace is a gathering of innovative content creators and content end users of products and services who are on and in the front lines of the entertainment and technology sectors — shaping, and creating a vibrant ideal environment for our festival participants and attendees to help develop new projects, meet potential partners, clients, discover new and cutting edge technologies, new products and services impacting the industry,

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
The deaf and hard of hearing have been mostly left out of the movie-going experience. TVIFF and our partner Deaf West Theatre will establish several programs that will reach out to our communities and raise awareness of the multitude of high quality subtitled films at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival.

At many Festival screenings, sign-language interpreters will be present to facilitate participation by deaf audience members in the post-screening discussions.

The 2014 TVIFF Future Filmmakers Challenge
The Festival’s strong commitment to providing an environment for creativity to flourish through education is the basis for establishing TVIFF Future Filmmakers Challenge.

The objective is to engage and encourage schools and students of Temecula Valley to create, produce, shoot and edit a 2 to 4 minute short film for submission to the 2014 Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival. The competition is open to all enrolled middle and high school students of Temecula Valley.

All film entries will be judged on artistic excellence and technical merit. The Top 30 films selected will be screened at the 2014 TVIFF and prizes will be handed out to: 1st place winner: $500, 2nd place winner: $350, 3rd place winner: $250, 4 Honorable Mentions: $50. A ten member selection committee will make the final determination of which submissions will be programmed and screened at 2014 TVIFF.

Panels, Workshops, Meet-Ups, Mentoring Sessions and More
In addition to our usual slate of Writing, Directing, Finance and Distribution workshops, we will program inspiring and entertaining “Coffee and Conversation/Dialogue Series” with film and music industry personalities.

Special Events
The 5-day event’s social calendar starts with spectacular Opening Night Festivities, then on to various filmmaker/music artist receptions, live music performances, industry and consumer friendly marketplace and ends with an awesome red carpet, star studded affair, the Closing Night Black Tie Gala & Awards ceremony.

Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Career Achievement, Distinguished Institution, Maverick, Icon, Breakthrough Performance and Rising Star Honors are awarded to individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions and impact in the art and commerce of Film and Music industries.

2014 TVIFF Schedule of Events and Ticket Info
All star vintage car parade, red carpet welcome, movie premiere and post premiere party.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 5:30PM, Admission: $35 (includes screening & party)

Four days of screening contemporary feature length films, short films, student films, documentaries and animation.
Sept. 18 – 21, 2014, 1PM – 10:00PM
Admission: $10 Individual Screening ($8 Seniors/Students), $25 All Day Film Pass ($15 Seniors/Students)

Two days of great music featuring the top music artists of 2014 TVIFF. Up and coming, unsigned Music Artists representing all genres of music are showcased before an international audience of music industry professionals and music loving fans.
Sept.19 – 20, 2014, Music Performance Schedule – TBA/ Various Venues (Old Town, Wineries)

A two day industry trade show for entertainment content creators and buyers meet, connect and hopefully do business, Sept. 18-19, 2014

A one-day festive bazaar of unique arts/food/crafts where festival attendees and guests can relax, browse, taste, dine and shop. Friday. Sept. 19, 2014, 10:00AM – 5:00PM Free to the public.

Various workshops on film and music industry related topics from Screenwriting, Producing, Directing, Acting, and Film Finance to Distribution, etc.
Sept. 20 – 21, 2014, Admission: $10 Individual Workshop
($8 Seniors/Students)/ $25 Workshop Series Pass ($15 Seniors/Students).

Star-studded black tie affair honoring significant film and music icons of past and present with Lifetime and/or Outstanding Career Achievement Awards. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, 5:00PM
Admission: $100 per person

Special Receptions during the 5-day event at various Temecula locations, TBA

Your exclusive access to all Film Screenings, Workshops, MusicFest, Opening Night Festivities and Closing Black Tie Awards Gala.

This festival is a competitive festival. All selected films (except those that have had prior theatrical screenings or cable/TV broadcasts or who choose to opt out) are automatically eligible for Competition. Winners are determined by a Film Jury and by Audience choice.


After having been to numerous film festivals including Cannes and Sundance, I can honestly say yours was one of my happiest experiences. Your festival really provides an invaluable personable forum for independent filmmakers to screen films outside the context of Hollywood.
Kevin Haasarud, Former Program Director, HBO's US Comedy of Arts Festival, Aspen

Another orbit for Hollywood:Hollywood has landed its starship in Temecula, in the heartland of Southern California Wine Country
The Morning Report, Los Angeles Times

I want to make sure and tell you how much we enjoyed the festival. screenings were awesome..the balloon ride, a blast..the gala-elegant, beautiful, fantastic! You've got a fine festival there in Temecula.
Anne Moebes, Director/Producer, True Color

It's a well organized festival, the movies are well attended, there's a lot of city support and it's in a great location. What's not to like about's gorgeous! Alene Szpak, Producer

Cash Awards, prize packages from sponsors, trophies/plaques will be given to Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, Best Animation and Best Student Film.
(By Jury and by Audience Choice)

Cash and Trophies/Certificates will also be awarded to Future Filmmakers Challenge winners (open to middle and high school students of Temecula and Southwest Riverside County, CA)

THE 2014 TVIFF Call for Entry Guidelines and Procedures
Festival Dates: Sept. 17- 21, 2014
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: May 30, 2014, Fee: $25(student, $15)
REGULAR ENTRY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 30, 2014, Fee: $30 (student, $20)
LATE DEADLINE: July 10, 2014, Fee: $35 (student, $25)
EXTENDED DEADLINE: July 15, 2014, Fee: $40 (student,$30)
FESTIVAL BEGINS: Sept. 17, 2014

The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) is a competitive Festival. Winners are determined by a Film Jury and by Audience Choice. The festival is open to US and Foreign films in five categories: Narrative Features, Live Action and Animated Shorts, Documentaries and Student Films. You may enter your film through FilmFreeway or the Festival website,

To be eligible, a film entry must have been completed in 2012, 2013 and 2014. All film entries must be submitted on DVD (Region 0 or Region 1. NO PAL formats accepted, NTSC only. DVD’s should be clearly labeled with film title, running time and contact info. Please test DVD on several players to make sure it is playable. DVD screeners will not be returned.

Non-English language films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25 (Students,$10). Extended deadline fee is $35. (Students,$15). Entries must be submitted with the entry fee and entry form which includes, a plot synopsis, cast and crew list, basic technical details and complete contact information. You may submit more than one entry. However, a separate entry form, preview copy and entry fee are required for each title.

Payment is accepted only in U.S. dollars, by check payable to Temecula Valley Int’l Film & Music Festival, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Do not send cash.

Please note, acceptance notices will be sent via e-mail or fax, on (approximately) Aug. 10, 2014. Accepted films will also be posted on the festival’s website, If selected, required exhibition formats are DCP and Blu Ray. These must be in TVIFF office, Sept. 1, 2014, clearly labeled with return shipping information or current contact address, email and / or telephone number. NOTE: Regarding DCP, if selected and you need help with DCP conversion, TVIFF has partnered with Atomic Toast Productions-they are offering a 20% discount on DCP conversions. For more details, email:

If selected, you will also be asked to send press kits (digital, ok) ) which include B&W or color stills from the film, press materials, video trailer (if available) or MPEG video clips for web site inclusion.

Film prints and other film materials will be handled with utmost care, but neither TVIFF organizers nor supporting organizations can assume responsibility for damage or loss of the print and other film materials while en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival’s possession of the film.

Film producers / distributors are responsible for shipment of films to TVIFF. TVIFF will pay for one – way return shipment of films. TVIFF will not pay for international freight of US based films.

It is important for a selected film to have a presence at the festival. TVIFF encourages all selected films to have at least one member of the film’s production staff / and or cast present.

All film entries selected for the Festival grant TVIFF the rights to use footage, stills, titles and information from the film for promotional purposes. The act of submitting and signing our entry form constitutes acceptance without reservation of all rules of TVIFF.

Send DVD to: TVIFF, c/o 27740 Jefferson Ave. Suite 100, Temecula, CA 92590. For any questions, please email: or log on to