A festival for filmmakers residing in New England and Québec. Please do not apply if you reside elsewhere. Selected films will be eligible to be broadcast on Vermont Public, a partner of the festival.
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 if requested.
Award winning films may also be screened 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.
Vermont Public Award - $1,000
Douglas-Lanahan Award for outstanding contribution to the community through film - $1,000
Class 4 Award for Best Cinematography - $500
Best Fiction Award - $500
Media Factory Audience Favorite Award - $500
VTIFF Jury Special Mention
MHFF does not accept works-in-progress. We accept films completed April 2022 or later.
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.
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 provide 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.