A festival for filmmakers residing in New England and Québec. Please do not apply if you reside elsewhere.

All styles of films and lengths (above 3 minutes) are accepted. The regional focus does not mean that the subject of the films needs to be regional. It is the filmmakers themselves that we wish to celebrate and promote. The festival will include opportunities for group chats for filmmakers to meet others and an industry-sponsored Creatives Mixer in the hope that new alliances may be formed.

MHFF is free to the public but donations are encouraged. VTIFF guarantees to share a percentage of the donation income with the filmmakers.
VTIFF will also share viewing data with the filmmakers.

Award winning films may also be screened at White River Indie Festival (WRIF) in May 2023 and at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, VT. Award winning films may also be included in the October 2023 Vermont International Film Festival.

VTIFF reserves the right to present it as a virtual event on its secure online platform.
By submitting your film you agree for your film to be broadcast on Vermont PBS's Made Here strand, subject to your agreeing terms.

2023 Awards

Vermont Public - $1,000
Best Fiction -$500
Audience Favorite - $500
Best Cinematography - $500
Jury Special Mention

MHFF does not accept works-in-progress. We accept films completed since April 2022.

All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc., as detailed in our listing. Please check the VTIFF website for further details (https://vtiff.org/vtiff-festivals/for-filmmakers/).
We accept films of any style and any length over 3 minutes.

Rules:
We are offering secure online screening of submitted films through FilmFreeway.com and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this fine service. Submission fees vary by deadline so make sure to upload your film prior to a particular deadline to qualify for that fee level. In no case will your film be considered if you upload it after the final deadline of the Extended Window.

Any films submitted without a paid entry fee by the given deadline will be disqualified from the submission screening process.

Because of the heavy volume of submissions, we will not email you when we receive your submission. Once it is securely up on FilmFreeway, you can safely assume we have been notified by the platform.

Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles. Films with closed captions are preferred, if dialog is in English.

Submit your film as early as possible, please. This gives us more time to consider your work.

Entry fees are payable by credit card or Paypal to VTIFF and are non-refundable.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances and permits necessary to present their work. The Vermont International Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits or royalty infringement related to the work. If your work is accepted into the Festival, we must be able to screen it without any encumbrances whatsoever.

Accepted films must be available as Mp4 or ProRes files

Notification of acceptance will be emailed. We ask you not to call the Festival office. All correspondence will be done through email and only with the original submitter.

If your film is selected, you will be asked to a headshot and brief bio of director, color and/or B&W still/s from the film, and a brief description of the film (75 words max) .

VTIFF is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademarks, credits or royalty infringements related to the work. Submission of an entry to this Show signifies that the entrant understands, accepts and agrees to these conditions.
Materials of all submissions become the property of the VTIFF, and can be used for review purposes and to promote the film and programs of VTIFF in all mediums including film, television, radio and the Internet.

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  • Nora Jacobson

    This is a great festival. It was very well attended and the festival shares revenues with the filmmakers, which is unusual and greatly needed.

    May 2022
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  • Betsy Carson

    We had a great time showing our film and getting positive feedback from the audience. It was a treat to meet a few other women filmmakers. And our accommodations were perfect! Thank You Made Here Festival!

    May 2022
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    Thank you!

  • The Made Here Film Festival is simply remarkable! The communication with the organizers was impeccable from the start and we were truly amazed by their warm and welcoming hospitality. It was really fantastic to have our film screened with a live audience and we were overwhelmed by the incredible. reactions. It was honestly an honor to be apart of this incredible festival. Can't wait to submit future projects and would love to be a part of upcoming editions.

    May 2022
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    Thank you!

  • What a wonderful festival! The filmmakers were treated royally by Orly and her team, audience attendance was excellent, Eric Ford from Vermont public television led thoughtful Q&As at the end of each block, and lots of filmmakers attended. A highlight (for me) was the filmmaker reception -- so much fun. Oh, and I also loved that films/filmmakers from Quebec were included. I'm so glad that I made the trip from Boston. Thank you Orly and the rest of the MHFF team!

    May 2022
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    Thank you!

  • Trish Denton

    We were thrilled that X-VOTIVE screened at Made Here. The location at Burlington Beer Company made the event quite social and exciting... and feeling a part of the lineage of The Lumière Brothers legacy in Burlington was meaningful. The staff were wonderful and the theater was casual, comfortable, and safe feeling (during Covid). The best part was meeting folks from the region and strengthening Burlington - Montreal bonds. We met wonderful people, saw fabulous films, and were genuinely honored to be a part.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you