Introducing the inaugural edition of the Temecula Valley Film Festival, a celebration of cinematic artistry and storytelling. Established by a dedicated team of film professionals and enthusiasts with a passion for nurturing emerging talent and showcasing established voices, this festival aims to captivate audiences with a diverse selection of thought-provoking and visually stunning works that embrace the spirit of creativity, innovation, and cultural exchange.

With an emphasis on artistic excellence, the festival seeks to foster dialogue and inspire a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling through the medium of film. Temecula Valley Film Festival offers a platform for networking, collaboration, and education. Industry professionals, budding filmmakers, and passionate cinephiles will converge to exchange ideas, engage in insightful discussions, and learn from each other's experiences.

Temecula Valley Film Festival is more than just a cinematic event; it is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and the boundless possibilities of the silver screen. It aims to ignite conversations, challenge conventions, and leave an indelible impact on both filmmakers and audiences alike. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of film, where dreams are projected onto the big screen, and storytelling takes flight.

Welcome to the beginning of a remarkable cinematic legacy at the Temecula Valley Film Festival!

Event Dates:
October 13-14

- Opening Night Events include out-of-competition local film presentations.
- Saturday, October 14, includes 3 blocks of roughly 90 minutes of short films in competition. Closing out the night with our "Feature Presentation."
- Additional events TBA.

Audience Award 2023 - for Best Short Film

2023 Submission Guidelines

**Guidelines are contractually binding, please read carefully before submitting your film.**

- Short Film Qualifications: Temecula Valley Film Festival (TVFF) welcomes all categories and styles of short films, including live-action, documentary, or animation. Entries must have a total runtime of no longer than 30 minutes. There are no requirements or restrictions on the year of production and there is no premiere requirement (so films available online are eligible for entry.)

- Feature Film Qualifications: One feature-length film (total runtime over 60min) will be selected as our “Feature Presentation” during our closing night events. Please be aware, this film will be considered out of competition and will not be eligible for any awards. We welcome all categories and styles of films for consideration but require that the film has finished production no sooner than January 2021. There are no premiere requirements for the film.

- Student Films: The Student category is open to students only. The submitted film must have been created while the film's creators (director(s) or producer(s) or writer(s)) were enrolled at a school, college, or university. Proof of Student ID or enrollment during the time of production must be available upon request.

- Submissions: All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway - there are no exceptions.

- Work-in-Progress: During our inaugural year, TVFF will not be accepting Work-in-Progress films. We may reconsider this for future festivals.

- Submission Categories: During this inaugural year we offer open categories for all types of short films. A student discount is available as a separate category but, if accepted, would play alongside non-student films. All short films submitted are considered “in competition” for our 2023 Audience Award. Submission dates are FIRM and will not be changed. Please submit a high-definition version of your film for the best screening reviews. **Filmmakers under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian submit the film on their behalf in order to qualify.**

- International Films: We welcome international entrants to our festival! Cultivating a diverse experience for our audience is paramount to our festival’s success, and we love to see what the world outside of the States has to offer. If submitting a film in a language other than English, you MUST include captions (subtitles) in English embedded in the file.

- Exhibition Copies: Selected films must provide a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) format for the exhibition. If you do not have a DCP available for viewing we have partnerships/offers for discounts to help you provide one if accepted. Audio for all films must be in stereo format.

- Notification: Selected films will be notified by email on September 16, 2023. Please add and to your email filter to avoid the notifications going into your spam folder. Lack of communication awareness due to spam-filtered emails could cause delays or disqualification, so please keep an eye on your emails around the listed notification date.

- Deliverable Dates: Selected films must provide an exhibition copy to us by October 3, 2023. A DCP (Digital Cinema Package) formatted CRU/drive is the most preferred form of delivery, but options for deliverables will be officially listed here prior to our notification date. TVFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged media files. While the utmost care is taken regarding your media, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (e.g., insurance) when providing deliverables.

- Posters/Marketing Materials: A high-quality poster for the film may be required if selected. We do not require promotional material/press kits, but we encourage any form of digital promotional content made available to us upon selection to help better promote your film. Participants agree that their film, clips from it, and/or all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, on TVFF’s website, social media, and/or our media partners as well as for any other promotional purposes which TVFF deems appropriate for the festival.

- Withdrawals: Once a film has been submitted and/or accepted, filmmakers reserve the right to withdraw from the festival, however, refunds for submission fees will only be given in extreme circumstances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis.)

- Programming: The festival programmers reserve the rights to program selected films as deemed appropriate. Audience experience and cultural development for the local Temecula Valley area stay at the forefront of our decisions when curating programs. All requests for selected films to be shown at a time different than already programmed will be denied.

- Payments: Payments and entry fees will only be collected through and the correct amount of U.S. Funds (listed in each category.) Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please consider all guidelines and rules above before applying.

- Warranties: By submitting your film to the Temecula Valley Film Festival, you warrant that we hold all the necessary rights to screen your film at our event. You also agree that you have secured and reserved all rights to your film project, and content within (e.g., music rights, story rights, logos, font types, etc.) If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. By submitting you agree to indemnify the Temecula Valley Film Festival and all its subsidiaries from any wrongdoing involving the exhibition of your project. Temecula Valley Film Festival holds no responsibility for lack of secured ownership in copy-written material presented in your selected work and reserves the right to reject your project if found it doesn't have clearance. Please be sure to only submit material containing content you have ownership or rights to present.