James River Short Films is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art.

Awards & Prizes

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, third places, and the Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film to a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening December 2nd will be notified by November 15th, 2016. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday , December 2nd, 2016, 6:30 pm James River Short Films Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

Rules & Terms

James River Short Films is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.
Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.

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