WOW! Life changes us. A lot has happened in a short amount of time.

At VBWFF, we are encouraged to see our community and the world come together to find a solution to our current health crisis. Who knows ─ world peace could be next.

Be mindful. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Be kind.

We are in this together.

Every day is a new day in fighting this pandemic. While we have every belief that the 5th Annual Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival will open screenings June 10th, 2020 at Riverside Theatre - we are monitoring the current ever changing events. We have re-opened our submissions to accommodate many of you. If we have to push pause – we will reschedule our amazing festival and all filmmaker submissions will remain valid.

At VBWFF, we believe in connecting artists and audiences to create inspired action.

The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival is a 501 C (3) organization promoting the transformative power of film and encouraging courageous conversations in support of positive mental health, social change, powerful perspectives and personalities. We benefit Suncoast Mental Health Center which provides life-changing services to over 1,400 children and families in Vero Beach and the four Treasure Coast counties.

As an intimate festival, our community truly welcomes you. Our audiences will get you. They laugh, they cry and ask all the right questions. And, on top of all that, you will be wined & dined!

We roll out the red carpet and provide host accommodations for our filmmakers during our full-bodied cinematic celebration. Filmmakers receive complimentary passes and have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and audience members in one of the most intimate, relaxed and inspiring settings on the festival circuit.

Past attendees include "Life Worth Living Legend Award" Honorees actor, author and activist George Takei and box office film star Burt Reynolds. Honorary Festival Chair Jeffrey Lyons, 5-time Emmy award-winning critic, and Peabody award-winning Director Jeff Woolnough.

Many films have gone from screenings at VBWFF on to significant success and distribution. We look forward to screening your films and upon acceptance, welcoming you to a warm and wonderful film festival by the sea which embraces independent filmmakers.

Join us June 11-14, 2020 on the Treasure Coast of Florida. It’s easily accessible from surrounding communities in Orlando and Miami as well as the cosmopolitan markets of New York City and Washington D.C. Celebrities, influential business leaders and a community of urban sophisticates call it home and are avid patrons of the fine and culinary arts.

Until then, be safe, be smart, support others and we look forward to seeing you in June!

"Life Worth Living" Film Award

JURY PRIZES:

Best Narrative Feature
Cash Award Value: $1,000 USD

Best Documentary Feature
Cash Award Value: $1,000 USD

Best Comedy Short
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

Best Documentary Short
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

Best Dramatic Short
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

Vero Visions Award
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

NEXT UP! Student Filmmaker Award - Dramatic Film
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

NEXT UP! Student Filmmaker Award - Documentary Film
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

AUDIENCE AWARDS:

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

GENERAL RULES AND TERMS

The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival will take place in Vero Beach, FL from June 11-14, 2020.

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.

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 Wine + Film Festival
1360 US Hwy 1 Suite 6
Vero Beach, Fl 32960

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
Reflects "Life Worth Living" Theme

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.) attending the festival to present the film and interact with the Vero Beach audience.

Festival Screenings and Scheduling
Vero Beach Wine and 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 15, 2020.

Vero Beach Wine + 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 Wine + 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 Wine + Film Festival. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Vero Beach Wine + 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 Wine + Film Festival.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

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 Wine + Film Festival, Inc. (the “ORGANIZATION”) for consideration for the Vero Beach Wine + 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 I. 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, myself 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 http://www.vbwff.com. 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 Wine + 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 Wine + 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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Randy Larcombe

    It was great to be selected for the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival . Unfortunately we couldn't attend but the communication from organisers was very good. Thanks.

    November 2019
  • This is a great budding film festival with lots of opportunities to bump elbows with like minded and creative people. Great educational opportunities too.

    September 2019
  • Xaque Gruber

    A real gem of a film festival. A fun and engaging experience for all the filmmakers and film goers - intimate and accessible. In only its 4th year there is such a wealth of film & event options that it rivals the offerings of much more established festivals. Already looking forward to next year!

    July 2019
  • Diane Quon

    This is my second year there and both experiences have been great! The Festival is diverse, unique, well organized, very upbeat and the staff is very friendly staff. Venues are professional, audiences engaged and the setting is spectacular setting and wonderful venues.

    June 2019
  • Mei Fa Tan

    Spent some very nice and warm moments in the festival, loved the atmosphere. Really enjoyed discovering films and meeting directors, sharing and having some of those tasty wines.
    The cause the festival is involved in, for the Mental health Center, is quite impressive, and we can only be proud to be part of this festival, raising awareness for mental health !

    June 2019