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. Venues include the Old National Public Theatre, Innovation Pointe, and the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. 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.

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

All Films, except student films, must have been completed after January 1, 2018. The completion date for Student Films is July 1, 2017.

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.

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 www.victoryiff.com.

SELECTION
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 (51 minutes or more)

Short Films
Fiction, non-fiction, animated, and experimental short films from the U.S. and around the world (50 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:

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately August 12, 2019

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 51 minutes
Shorts: less than 51 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2018

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

PREMIERE STATUS
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.

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Project must not be in current commercial distribution.

2 SUBMISSION COPIES REQUIRED if sending in on DVD/BluRay.

Mailed/Shipped submission materials should be sent to:
The Victory International Film Festival
7900 Elna Kay Drive
Evansville IN 47715

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Although I wasn't able to attend the inaugural Victory International FIlm Festival, because of prior commitments in China, I did send our director of the Oscar qualifying film, AGAINST THE WALL, Kyle Saylors, to the event (he had one day to get from Beijing, China to Evansville, IL), and he told me upon my return to the States that he had an awesome time, was really impressed by the caliber of the festival and the charm of the town. He said the film was very well received by the audience and the Q&A ran smoothly. Later on that evening, during the awards show, he was shocked that our film would receive "Best Documentary" recognition against many other fine docs, both short and feature. This would make it our 10th award at VIFF as we now move toward an Oscar nomination in the next few months. Kudos to the VIFF team for putting on a professional event, and we look forward to returning to a future festival of theirs.

    October 2019
  • David Risotto

    The VIFF was put on very well. Everything was ran smoothly and on time. They created an APP that was very helpful in all aspects of the festival. I hope I can be part of this festival time and time again.

    September 2019
  • Ryan O'Leary

    A great, warm and welcoming festival. Super impressive for their first year. A solid selection of films, packed screenings. Wonderful event!

    September 2019
  • What an zing event! It was worth the drive and I can't wait to participate again.

    September 2019
  • FABRICE BRACQ

    Great and exceptional festival! Excellent communication!

    September 2019