The 15th annual Vail Film Festival will be held April 5 - 8, 2018. The Vail Film Festival has been named "One of the Top 10 Destination Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker magazine.

The 2018 festival will have a special focus on work by female filmmakers. All films submitted and screened at the 2018 event must have one woman involved as either director, producer, cinematographer, or screenwriter.

The 2018 festival will screen Feature Films, Shorts, Documentaries, and Student Films. The festival fosters filmmakers through Panel Discussions, a daily Hospitality Lounge, Nightly Parties, and networking opportunities with leading film industry professionals.

Past Vail Film Festival tribute recipients and attendees include Kate Bosworth, Allison Janney, Josh Lucas, Zach Braff, Tate Taylor, Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Zach & Miri, Cop Out), Michael Imperioli, Jane Seymour, Fred Schepisi, Krysten Ritter, Michelle Monaghan (Trucker, Mission Impossible III, Gone Baby Gone), Luke Wilson (Old School, Legally Blonde, The Royal Tenenbaums), Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage), Harold Ramis (Stripes, Caddy Shack, Ghostbusters, Groundhod Day, Analyze This), Tricia O'Kelley (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Tim Daly (NBC's Private Practice), Olivia Wilde (Turistas, FOX's House, Fix, The Year One, Tron: Legacy), Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan, ABC's Lost), Jesse Eisenberg (The Hunting Party, The Squid and the Whale), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill, The Hitcher), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Kip Pardue ("Remember The Titans", "Driven") and Edward Pressman (Producer; Wall Street, American Psycho, Das Boot, The Cooler, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps).

Past premieres and highlights include "Enemy" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, "Locke" starring Tom Hardy, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" starring Jason Siegel, Kristen Bell, "The Guitar", directed by Amy Redford, "In Search of a Midnight Kiss", "Knocked Up", Judd Apatow's follow up to "The 40 Year-Old Virgin", "Snow Cake" starring Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, the Cannes Award-winning "Red Road", "The Oh in Ohio" (starring Paul Rudd, Parker Posey, Mischa Barton and Danny DeVito), "American Dreamz" (starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore), "The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang" (from the filmmakers of "Napoleon Dynamite"), Luke Wilson's "The Wendell Baker Story", Tiffani Thiesen's "Just Pray" and David Duchovny's "House of D".

The Vail Film Festival offers the following awards:
Best Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Audience Award

Award details: Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Film Competition Winners, and listing the film as the best film winner in that category for the 2018 Vail Film Festival. Announcement at the Official Awards Ceremony covered by national media. Announcement in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2019 Vail Film Festival. Award presented at Awards Ceremony .

Filmmakers must have the rights to their films, and through submitting thereby grant the Vail Film Festival the right to screen their film. All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

Digital submissions only. We don't accept physical submissions. All films must be viewable as online screeners.

All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators and selection committee, however, not all entries will be programmed. The festival will not pay an exhibition fee for any accepted entries initially submitted through our general Call for Entries. The VFF may screen any accepted entries up to three times during the festival dates at any of our exhibition venues.

Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2016. Fee waivers will be granted on a case by case basis and almost exclusively to non-profit organizations and international cultural/educational organizations.

The 2018 festival will have a special focus on work by female filmmakers. All films submitted and screened at the 2018 event must have one woman involved as either director, producer, cinematographer, or screenwriter.

Upon acceptance to the festival, the following is required:

Features: Press Kit containing 100 word synopsis in English, 5 hi-res film stills (300dpi, CMYK and/or RGB color), digital trailer with English subtitles (if film is in any language other than English), online or physical screener of film for press.

Shorts: Press Kit containing 50 word synopsis in English, 3 hi-res film stills (300dpi, CMYK and/or RGB color), digital trailer with English subtitles if available.

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Overall Rating
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    Chad McClarnon

    This is a wonderful festival in a breathtaking location. Great screenings, great parties, great attendance. Mountains. The whole experience was magical and I can't wait to come back with the next film.

    April 2017
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    Sophia Kruz

    Loved this festival! What a great place to premiere our feature docu. We met lots of great new friends and loved meeting local film lovers. The documentary programming was great and the focus on women directors was welcome. I just wish the festival helped a bit more with transportation/flights to attend. It was nice to stay in patrons homes though! Thanks to everyone involved.

    April 2017
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    Romina Schwedler

    Loved loved LOVED the festival! My team and I had an amazing time, and I have to say we really enjoyed the film selections! The programmers do an outstanding job and so does the whole VFF team. We felt right at home, made new friends and industry connections, were interviewed several times which is helping us promote our film, enjoyed the parties and the panels, and when we were able to squeeze it in we also enjoyed beautiful Vail, CO! We were sad to leave and honored to have been a part of VFF 2017.

    April 2017
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    Alon Juwal

    Fantastic festival with great selections, hosted in a beautiful mountain town. Would definitely attend again in the future!!

    April 2017
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    Benjamin Meyer

    Great screening venues. Great films. Beautiful location. Real publicity outreach. They got filmmakers interviews on the local television station. Articles in the local papers. Crowds showed up to the screenings. The parties were fun. I loved the other filmmakers I met. This festival is well worth your entry dollars, and worth the trip as well.

    My one gripe was that the festival sort of fizzles on the last day. The awards ceremony is Saturday night, and then there's a party, but then many of the features still have their second screenings on Sunday. And the staff seemed already checked out. I had to agitate for a Q&A session after my screening. I was like, I'm here! My film is showing! Anybody? (But then, somebody came through for me.)

    For those of us who stayed through Sunday, a little more follow through would have been welcome.

    So, definitely submit to this festival. Definitely attend. But maybe fly home on Sunday, rather than staying through the very end of the festival. It kind of seems like that is what they want?

    September 2016