The Vero Beach Film Festival celebrates the passion of independent filmmaking and the creativity of the filmmakers.

Our Fifth Festival will be held June 9 to 12, 2022 and will feature a curated selection of independent films, paired with live screenings and parties at unique venues in our charming seaside town on Florida’s east coast.

At our last festival, we screened more than 100 features, documentaries and short films. The Vero Beach Film Festival was recognized as a “Top 100 Film Festival” by FilmFreeway and named “The Summer Sundance” by the Huffington Post.

We roll out the red carpet and offer some host accommodations for our filmmakers during our celebration of cinema. Filmmakers receive a badge and complimentary passes. They interact with industry professionals and audience members in one of the most intimate, relaxed and inspiring settings on the festival circuit. Vero Beach is easily accessible from airports in Orlando, West Palm Beach and Melbourne, Fl.

Our “Life Worth Living Legend Award” Honorees have included actor, author and activist George Takei; box office film star Burt Reynolds; and singer, songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan. Our Honorary Festival Chairpeople have included Jeffrey Lyons, 5-time Emmy award-winning critic; and Peabody award-winning Director Jeff Woolnough.

Many films have gone from screenings at the Vero Beach Film Festival to significant success and distribution. We look forward to screening your films and welcoming you to a warm and wonderful film festival by the sea which embraces independent filmmakers!

"Life Worth Living" Film Award


Best Narrative Feature
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

Best Documentary Feature
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

Best Comedy Short
Cash Award Value: $250 USD

Best Documentary Short
Cash Award Value: $250 USD

Best Dramatic Short
Cash Award Value: $250 USD

Vero Visions Award
Cash Award Value: $250 USD

NEXT UP! Student Filmmaker Award - Dramatic Film
Cash Award Value: $250 USD

NEXT UP! Student Filmmaker Award - Documentary Film
Cash Award Value: $250 USD


Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Comedy Short
Best Dramatic Short
Best Documentary Short


The Vero Beach Film Festival will take place in Vero Beach, FL beginning Thursday, June 9, 2022 and ending on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Submission Format

Films must be submitted on USB drive or via a link with password (Vimeo or YouTube) or the FilmFreeway online screener only. Submissions will NOT be returned unless requested and postage paid.
For virtual screenings, filmmakers will receive upload instructions and must adhere to strict deadlines.
All submissions arriving via mail post must be in DVD region 1 or 0 format NTSC.
Please be sure to write the FilmFreeway Tracking # and Film Title on the disc itself in case the disc becomes separated from its box.
For international submissions (outside U.S.) - filmmakers MUST write on the package, "NO commercial value - for cultural purposes only."
Premiere Status
Please indicate Premiere status with submission.

Submissions should be sent to:
Festival Submissions
Vero Beach Film Festival
2053 US Highway 1
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Contact us at (772) 444-2827 or for more information.
Our website is

Selection of Films:

Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
Originality and strength of story
Quality of narrative and production values
Independent nature of the production

If your film is accepted to be part of the program, you will do your best to work with us to have the film’s director and other key personnel (actors, writers, producers, etc.) attend the festival to present the film and interact with the Vero Beach audience.
Festival Screenings and Scheduling
Vero Beach Film Festival has the capability to screen USB drive, .wav, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
Films selected for screening at the Festival will be notified no later than April 25, 2022.
Vero Beach Film Festival aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Vero Beach Film Festival assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival print or tape.
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Vero Beach Film Festival. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Vero Beach Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Vero Beach Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the festival venue during the Festival and before its official presentation without the approval of Vero Beach Film Festival.

1. I, the representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal to Vero Beach Film Festival, Inc. (the “ORGANIZATION”) for consideration for the Vero Beach Film Festival (the "Festival"):
2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.
3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.
4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the Festival's presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and me. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival or the ORGANIZATION because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or the ORGANIZATION of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.
5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the ORGANIZATION, the Festival, the affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities of each, and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, advisers and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Institute or the Festival.
6. In the event that the Film is accepted into the official Festival program, I and all other parties involved with the Film agree that the Film will not associate with nor receive support from corporations during or related to the Film's participation in the Festival that are not Official sponsors or supporters of the Festival without prior written consent of the Institute. Methods of support include: hosting a dinner, party or junket for or in conjunction with the Film, providing media space for round-table or one-on-one interviews, etc. The ORGANIZATION is producing a fundraiser for a non-profit organization that relies on the funding of our official sponsors and supporters to produce the Festival. For an official list of sponsors and supporters, please refer to the contributors list at If you have been approached by a company or corporation that does not appear on this list, they are NOT officially aligned with the Vero Beach Film Festival.
7. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from the Film for promotional purposes and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. The Vero Beach Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.
8. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Florida and conclusively determined by arbitration in Indian River County in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.
9. I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations for submitting a film to the Festival.
10. By submitting a film to ORGANIZATION, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the ORGANIZATION or the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Brandon Wilson

    Fantastic festival with lots of stuff to do for filmmakers. Very fun atmosphere and a great overall community feel all around.

    July 2022
  • Aaron Falvey

    Excellent Festival! I highly recommend entering this wonderful film festival!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Aaron!

  • Em Johnson

    Grateful to have been selected twice for this festival. Always a good time and very accommodating!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Em. We are so thrilled for your success with Balloon Animal. Thank you so much for attending! Hope to see you again soon.

  • LaLa Halsema

    We had a blast at VFF! The entire festival team was incredibly kind and made all the filmmakers feel special. Thank you VFF!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi LaLa. Thanks for sharing "Potluck" with VBFF. Love that we were your first acceptance. Of course, now you are playing everywhere, just because your film is awesome!

  • Dale Metz

    Vero Beach Film Festival scored again this year with a wonderful festival. The screenings are well attended with lots of community support and the volunteers and organizers work incredibly hard to insure all runs well. Filmmakers enjoy numerous networking and social events!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Dale for once again sharing one of your fabulous films with us. We will definitely be talking with you soon. Love so many of your ideas for our festival.