One of MovieMaker magazine's Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for the last 3 years.

Since 1995, The Victoria Film Festival has brought the best in narratives, documentaries and shorts every year to Victoria and Vancouver Island during its ten day celebration of film. Eclectic and inspiring, the Festival hosts an array of guests that includes film directors, producers, distributors, festival and TV programmers.

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature Film
Best Canadian Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short Animation
Entertainment Audience Favourite
Cultural Currents Award (Capturing the essence of a unique society)

Rules & Terms

Deadline & Fees for Entries

Earlybird postmark deadline: June 23, 2017 $20.00
Regular postmark deadline: July 28, 2017 $40.00
Late postmark deadline: August 25 • 2017 $50.00

VFF is now only accepting entries digitally. If submission by DVD is desired, please contact the programmer before submitting.

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.
2. Only films completed in 2016 or 2017 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 on the internet 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 now accepts only online screeners for preview purposes. Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected internet link. The link must NOT be visible to the public.
7. If submitting via DVD is desired, please contact the programmer before submitting.
8. If selected for the festival, exhibition prints may be presented in DVD, Blu-Ray, DCP or QuickTime compliant file. Filmmakers must deliver final format as indicated for festival screening. No exceptions. Shorts will be compiled into programs for screening. Titles minutes may be delivered to the festival digitally.

Screening Access

The Festival will provide a complimentary Gold 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 Gold 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. The Selection Committee will provide a list of those film and video works which it feels should be part of the Festival and will provide a short list of nominees for Festival awards. Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Festival by December 31, 2017.
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.
5. At the Festival, filmmakers will be able to sell copies of their work if desired. Contact the Festival for further details.

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 programmer. 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.

3 Reviews

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    Broken Mirror Films

    I had a great time at the festival - they make it very fun for filmmakers and Victoria is a lovely city.

    February 2017
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    Matthew Gelb

    Great festival with supportive staff in an awesome city!

    February 2017
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    Drew Taylor

    Always a fantastic line-up of films, talks, and parties. Great venues, including the Vic Theatre, and a fantastic festival staff led by Kathy Kay. Warm, devoted, and informed audiences and great support and coverage from local news and outlets. VFF is a must.

    May 2016