The Victory International Film Festival 2022. Dates will be September 9-10. 2022.

Our mission is to provide a fun and engaging experience that celebrates film and the community of Evansville. Our opening gala will be held at the historic Victory Theatre, a 1900 seat facility built in 1921 in the heart of the city, on Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday attendees will view films from around the world while experiencing our revitalized downtown district.

We intend to showcase films that might not otherwise have an opportunity to screen in the Evansville, Indiana market from around the world. We will educate and entertain filmmakers and students by presenting workshops, screenings, and other opportunities to meet and network with others in the industry and to bring an audience to those films.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to restoring the original sign that used to hang on the Victory at the corner of NW 6th Street & Main. We are proud that our festival will help to add a piece of history back to this historic theater!

Grand Prize is $2,000.00 plus Trophy
Audience Award is $1,000.00 plus Trophy
Animation Prize is $500.00 plus Trophy

Grand Prize will be selected by a panel of Judges.

The Audience Award will be given to the film that receives the most number of votes during the festival.

Best Animated Film will be selected by a panel of judges.

Additional awards of merit will also be given.

Submissions must be made by an authorized Owner/Producer of the film.

All Films, except student films, must have been completed after July 1, 2021. The completion date for Student Films is January 1, 2021. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Festival Director. Email for more information or to make a request.

Films should not have been in Commercial Release prior to the end date of the festival, including DVD/BluRay release or Online Streaming or Commercial Viewing. Screening at other film festivals is fine and/or other private screenings.

Films that were submitted to our prior call for entries that were not accepted will not be considered.

All films must be in the English Language or Subtitled in English.

Film content should not be of a pornographic nature. Nudity/Strong Language is permissible.

Rules may be modified at any time and will be published on The Victory International Film Festival Official Site at

If selected for exhibition, the Festival requires:
- For all films: Submission of a film as a a Digital File. Files must be a .mp4 or .mov. (If your file is in a different format, we will work with you to convert if needed.)

- For select films that will be screened on opening night, a DCP file or BluRay Disc will be needed.

- For all films a Digital Press Kit must be provided, including:
1. A 150-word synopsis
2. A 1 sentence synopsis.
3. A screenshot to be used in the festival booklet and for promotion.
4. Headshots of Director(s) and Writer(s) (optional, but recommended)
5. Biographies of Director(s) and Writer(s) (optional, but recommended)
6. Trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards, and EPKs, if available, to maximize exposure for your film.

Categories are defined as:

Feature Films
Fiction, non-fiction, animated, and experimental films from the U.S. and around the world (41 minutes or more).

Short Films
Fiction, non-fiction, animated, and experimental short films from the U.S. and around the world (40 minutes or less). These may include Web Series. We would suggest on a Web Series Submission, either 1 full episode or a block of 15 minutes or less.

College Student Films
Short films that have been shot, directed and produced by college/university students. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory capacity only.

High School Short Films
Short films that have been shot, directed and produced by high school students. Elementary and/or Junior High Students may also submit in this category. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory capacity only.

Additional Terms:

Approximately July 15, 2022

Features: minimum 41 minutes
Shorts: less than 41 minutes

Projects completed after July 1, 2021 (Student Films completed after January 1, 2021

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world.
If English is not the main language, the film must be sub-titled in English.

No premiere requirement. For films in Premiere, we will work to help promote those films that will be making their first public screening during our festival.

Project must not be in current commercial distribution.


Mailed/Shipped submission materials should be sent to:
The Victory International Film Festival
Attn: Patrick Higgs, Festival Director
3018 E Mulberry Street
Evansville IN 47714

Overall Rating
  • An amazing festival! We are very honored to have been selected. We can’t wait to come back with the next film. Thank you for having us!

    November 2021
  • Josh Chitwood

    Wonderful festival and historic theatre. I was beyond thankful to have had my film "When We Were Syrian: Early Lebanese in Indianapolis" included in this festival.

    October 2021
  • Mary Gentle

    Victory International Film Festival was a great experience - thank you Patrick for a great screening!

    September 2021
  • Byron Jordan Wolter

    Awesome Festival, a must go! Submit for a rich experience.

    April 2020
  • Delighted to be included in this great festival. Thank you!

    November 2019