Taking place at the historic Lumiere Music Hall in Beverly Hills, California, Visionaries Film Festival provides a platform for amateur filmmakers to get their first foray into the film industry by providing them with a platform to showcase their work to a broader audience.


Submission deadlines are listed under each submission category on FilmFreeway. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway online screener in order to be properly viewed and judged. Please DO NOT mail submission DVDs of your film.

All submissions must have been completed after January 1st, 2021. All films must be in English or subtitled in English. Films must not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to the 5th Annual Visionaries Film Festival. There is no premiere policy for submission.

The fees are selected based on deadlines.

If accepted, films must be able to provide a digital file of their film (.mov/.mp4).

Filmmakers will be notified of their film(s) submission status ON or BY the listed notification date on FilmFreeway. If there are any issues or incomplete submissions, you will be notified. This Notification date may be subject to change.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

1. The person (the “Representative” transmitting the project being submitted (the "Film") represents, warrants, and agrees that Representative is doing so on Representative’s own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who or that have any ownership rights in the Film, and that upon submission of the Film, Representative and all other persons or entities who or that have any ownership rights in the Film will be deemed to have made to and agreed with Visionary Film Festival (“VFF”) each representation, warranty, acknowledgment, and agreement contained in these Terms and Conditions of Entry (“Terms”).

2. Representative agrees that by submitting the Film to VFF for consideration, they are subject to these terms and conditions of entry and that submitting the Film constitutes agreement to these terms.

3. Representative represents and warrants to VFF that (a) Representative is duly authorized, on Representative’s own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who or that 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.

4. Representative further represents and warrants that the exhibition of the Film at VFF 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 the Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. Representative has 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 VFF.

5. If accepted, Representative acknowledges that VFF’s presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between VFF and Representative or any other person or entity. Representative understands that neither Representative nor any other person or entity will receive compensation for such exploitation. Representative acknowledges that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against VFF because of VFF’s selection of the Film. Representative understands and acknowledges that the selection of the Film by VFF does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by VFF of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

6. If accepted, Representative grants without reservations, to VFF, and its 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. Representative also agrees to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grants VFF the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.

7. By submitting a film to VFF, Representative agrees to the fullest extent allowed by applicable law, that under no circumstances and under no legal theory (including, without limitation, tort, contract, strict liability, or otherwise) shall VFF (or its licensors or suppliers) be liable to Representative or to any other person or entity for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind, including damages for lost profits, loss of goodwill, work stoppage, accuracy of results, or computer failure or malfunction. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of certain damages, so the above limitation and exclusions may not apply.

8. Code of Conduct: Representative acknowledges that (a) VFF promotes an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated, (b) VFF is committed to allowing filmmakers, their teams, and Festival attendees to experience the Visionaries Film Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior, and (c) VFF reserves the right to rescind an invitation to participate in the festival for those who engage in such conduct.

9. Representative represents that Representative is 18 years of age or older, or that if Representative is younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in Representative’s state, Representative has consent from a parent or legal guardian.

10. Representative and agrees that these terms require resolution of disputes through the use of an arbitration service. Representative agrees by submitting a film to VFF that all disputes arising from, related to, or in connection with your use of the services will be resolved in Los Angeles, California in accordance with the arbitration provisions contained in the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS. Representative waives all rights and benefits which Representative might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.

11. Representative acknowledges that Representative has read and understood the rules and regulations for submitting a film to VFF.

12. Representative acknowledges that no oral representations of any kind have been made by VFF and that these Terms constitute the entire agreement between Representative and VFF with respect to the Film.

Overall Rating
  • Asher Anantham

    Thank you for choosing my documentary!

    September 2023
  • Great to work with, very organized.

    November 2020
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" got official selection which is a great encouragement for us.

    October 2020
  • Was an absolute pleasure to be involved with this Festival and have one of my films screen here. I ended winning an Award for Runner Up Best Microfilm so it's been an incredible experience. Have nothing but great things to say especially about Vihan who was extremely informative and responsive making me feel welcome. Definitely plan to submit to here again.

    August 2019
  • Sherry Bedard

    This is a great festival and well organized. It's in its beginning years but with its recent success I'm sure it won't be long before this festival grows! Looking forward to net year!

    August 2019