Valor Community Film Festival is Arizona’s most prestigious Veteran focused Film Event. As a crucial part of Valor Film and Music Festival, our mission for this event is to help expand our veteran's social, artistic, and support networks to reduce the risk of homelessness and suicides. To achieve our mission we annually provide an inclusive community-wide film festival that aims to showcase the talent of all local civilian and veteran filmmakers and raise awareness of the struggles veterans go through.

Community film submission fees allow Valor Film Festival to provide free entry to our nation's heroes. Veteran Submissions: Please submit your film by email to the festival Producer, Gina Ruggiero (, to register FREE!

All films will cover a spectrum of veteran focused and non veteran focused categories.

Valor Film and Music Festival is brought to you by Creative Drill Sergeants (CDS), a Veteran owned and operated 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on healing Veterans through creativity and the expressive arts.

1.) Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

a.) Artistic Merit (e.g., Story, Creativity, Entertainment Value)
b.) Technical Merit
c.) Subject Matter

2.) Winning Films will then be screened on the day of Valor Community Film Festival,
May 29, 2022. A list of winners will then be uploaded to
3.) The director of each winning film will receive a physical trophy to take home
4.) The Film awarded with Best of Fest will also receive a $300 USD cash prize

1.) Films submitted will be considered by a panel of three judges once the submission deadline is reached
2.) All applicants must complete the official festival submission form located on FilmFreeway
3.) The applicant must hold the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film
4.) Films not in English must be subtitled in English unless dialogue is minimal and not necessary for the comprehension of the Film
5.) Films must be at least five minutes to fifteen minutes long

1.) We reserve the right to disqualify any film. We will attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to resolve issues.
2.) If the submitted film file does not play, we will make an attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to obtain a replacement. If a replacement is not available, we reserve the right to disqualify the film.
3.) Submitted films that qualify based on the regulations and eligibility requirements stated here will be seen by our judges and be considered equally with all other submissions.
4.) Applicants acknowledge that we reserve the right to change the nature of screenings and events due to circumstances related to public health and welfare or at the direction of local, state, or federal authorities.
5.) We are under no obligation to provide comments regarding submitted films to any applicant.

Overall Rating
  • It was a surprise for us to have been selected and then winning was ...OMG! Unfortunately, we could not attend the festival, but the team has been super in communicating and keeping us updated. Kudos to the team and good luck.

    June 2022
  • Philip Paz

    Thank you for selecting my music video "Freedom Called" to screen at your festival. However, there were some technical problems with the live stream. The live stream was delayed for about 40 minutes and there was barely any sound when my video was played. Sound was spotty during the rest of the livestream.
    I had shared the live stream on my facebook page to my half million followers and the technical problems were very disappointing.

    June 2022