The 17th annual Vail Film Festival will be held March 26-29, 2020 in Vail, CO.

All films submitted and screened at the 2020 event must have one woman involved as either director, producer, cinematographer, or screenwriter.

The 2020 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 "Sun Dogs" directed by Jennifer Morrison and starring Melissa Benoist, Xzibit, Allison Janney, and Ed O'Neill, "Mary Goes Round" starring Aya Cash, "Custody" starring Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere, Tony Shalhoub, Ellen Burstyn, "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 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 2020 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 2021 Vail Film Festival. Award presented at Awards Ceremony .

All films submitted and screened at the 2020 event must have one woman involved as either director, producer, cinematographer, or screenwriter.

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 2018. Fee waivers will be granted on a case by case basis and almost exclusively to non-profit organizations and international cultural/educational organizations.

All films submitted and screened at the 2020 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.

For more information please email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

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  • Sean Fredricks

    Absolutely fantastic festival. It has the best staff and volunteers, who go out of their way to help you. There's a ton of events for filmmakers to meet and connect and everyone is all around supportive. Vail is a great town. And the audiences are enthusiastic. Can't wait to get back there one day!

    August 2019
  • Athough I could't attend the festival, I have the best impression. Very nice people, good communications. I had trouble uploading the film, but they were very understanding and friendly. We also had an interview for the winter edition of Vail en Español Magazine. I will definitely send my next projects to the Vail Film Festival. Thank you.

    August 2019
  • Sav Rodgers

    The Vail Film Festival has one of the friendliest staffs on the circuit, excellent programming, and hands down has the best townies attending the festival. The email communication is top-notch. There is an electric vibe in every room full of enthusiastic filmmakers and film-lovers. Would attend again in a heartbeat.

    April 2018
  • Great Film Festival! Professional and kind!

    April 2018
  • Iona Firouzabadi

    We were lucky enough to win Best Short Film at Vail and although we weren't able to make it from the UK to Colorado, the festival team were great at communication from submission onwards, and were warm and welcoming.

    April 2018