Since 1995, The Victoria Film Festival (VFF) has presented the best Canadian and international feature, documentary, and short film to Victoria and Vancouver Island in a ten-day celebration of cinema. Eclectic and inspiring, the festival hosts a wide array of film directors, producers, distributors, and programmers as guests and participants.  With a continuing legacy of great workshops, installations, filmmaker lounges, and a legendary opening Gala, this year’s celebration of film and filmmakers is taking place in British Columbia’s capital city February 3rd -12th 2023!

Best Feature Film 
Best Canadian Feature 

Best Canadian First Feature ($1000 prize) 
Best Documentary 
Best Short Animation 
Entertainment Audience Favourite 
Audience Favourite Short  ($500 prize)
Cultural Currents Award ($1000 prize for film that best facilitates inter-cultural understanding/insights)

Deadline & Fees for Entries

Earlybird postmark deadline: June 24, 2022 
Regular postmark deadline: July 22, 2022 
Late postmark deadline: August 26, 2022 
Notification Date - January 6th, 2023

VFF is now only accepting entries digitally.

All cheque or money orders payable to Victoria Film Festival. 
All funds must be in Canadian or US Dollars. 
If paying via cheque/money order, include the name of the film being submitted on the payment.

Submissions

1. May be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of short or feature length. Virtual or augmented reality projects will also be considered. 
2. Only films completed in 2021 or 2022 will be considered. 
3. Films which have received television or theatrical exposure in the Victoria, B.C. area prior to the festival are not eligible. 
4. Films available and accessible online are not eligible. 
5. Please include two film stills and a director's head-shot with your entry. These can be emailed or included with submission. 
6. VFF only accepts online screeners for programming purposes. Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected internet link. The link must NOT be visible to the public. 
7. If selected for the festival, exhibition prints may be presented via DCP or a QuickTime compliant file by January 13, 2023. Filmmakers must deliver final format as requested for festival in-person and on—line screening. No exceptions. Shorts will be compiled into programs for screening. Digital delivery of titles is preferred. 
8. Virtual or augmented reality projects are exempt from some of these requirements as outlined in their category rules.

Screening Access

The festival will provide a complimentary Guest Pass for two representatives from each feature (75+ minutes) presented and six complimentary tickets to one screening of the film. Short filmmakers will receive one complimentary Guest Pass and two complimentary tickets to one screenings of their film.

Program Selection

Entries will be reviewed by a Selection Committee appointed by the Festival Director and Program Manager. The Selection Committee provides a list of those works which it feels should be invited to participate in the VFF and will provide a short list of nominees for VFF awards. Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Festival by January 6, 2023. 
Upon Acceptance 
1. All shipping costs to Victoria must be paid by the participant. 
2. The Festival will pay the cost of outbound shipping. 
3. For international films, our print traffic coordinator will contact you with specific instructions. 
4. Promotional materials of selected films become the property of the VFF and can be used to promote the festival and the programs of the festival in all mediums. 

Insurance

The Victoria Film Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all films and videos submitted for exhibition. However, the applicant in applying to the festival agrees to release the Festival, its Officers, Directors, and other representatives from any and all claims arising in any way from the submission of materials by or on behalf of the Applicant, whether film, video or otherwise to the festival. If you wish to insure your film, please make arrangements with the Program Manager. You accept these conditions by submitting to us.

Release

Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration along with your acceptance of The Victoria Film Festival regulations. By submitting this form, you also agree to allow the festival the use of your film and its publicity materials for promotional purposes. Please agree below.

You accept these conditions by submitting to us.

Overall Rating
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  • Zita Bai

    Wonderful staff. Great Vibe. So many good films~~~

    April 2022
  • Leslie Bland

    VFF is a great supportive film festival!

    March 2022
  • Joyce Kline

    There were unique and fun elements to this festival from being dressed for the gala by local designer Eun Young Choi to screening on a Prince of Whales whale watching boat. The icing on the cake was our film Cancelled Stamp winning the Audience Favourite Short award!

    February 2022
  • Fantastic festival and team. Excellent communication. Very proud to have been a part of this festival.

    February 2022
  • Thank you to the Victoria Film Festival for the opportunity to have our hometown screening for our feature All-in Madonna. We loved every minute of it!

    February 2021