The Progeny Short Film Festival takes place annually in Blacksburg, Virginia, hosted by Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. The festival aims to provide a platform for independent filmmakers and students around Southwest Virginia. Progeny seeks to uplift filmmakers producing thought-provoking content showcasing a diverse range of styles, genres, and interests. While Progeny Short Film Festival is proud to uplift our local community, we also welcome submissions nationally and internationally as well.

Furthermore, we wish to provide an opportunity for budding filmmakers to thrive, so we’ve made the first wave of submission fees completely free for all students!

You’re more than welcome to submit to more than one category if you feel that your film is representative of multiple styles or genres. The earlier you submit, the lower the entry fee, so get your films in now! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Categories:

Animation
Documentary
Experimental
Hokie Short
International
Narrative
Pandemic/Home Video

Consider submitting to our brand new category “Pandemic/Home Video Short”! This past year the pandemic was tough on all filmmakers alike as it made it quite difficult for people to get together and put together films. Through the challenges of quarantine, however, many creators found fun and unique ways to continue to create and tell stories. With our new category “Pandemic/Home Video Short” we aim to celebrate all the amazing work done within quarantine. Whether it be TikToks you created with friends, home videos you made with your pets, or leftover B-Roll footage that didn’t make the final cut we’d love to see the fantastic work you’ve created during quarantine.

Each category is awarded $150; winners will also receive a printed certificate of achievement!

Animation
Documentary
Experimental
Hokie Short
Narrative

Progeny Film Festival will also be awarding a no cash, judges' choice award, as well as an audience award, in order to further recognize your accomplishments! Winners of the following accolades will receive a printed certificate of achievement:

Pandemic/Home Video
Audience Award
International

*** YOUR FILM WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED WITHOUT CONSIDERATION IF YOU DO NOT ABIDE BY THESE RULES AND TERMS. ***

*Submissions are open to independent filmmakers and students. The submitted films must have been completed on or after January 1st, 2018.
*Films may be submitted to more than one category.
*All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
*Submission fees will increase incrementally as we near the final deadline.
*We must have a link to your film in order to review it. Hard copies and/or files requiring download will not be considered. However, if your film is selected for screening, we will contact you for a high-quality, downloadable copy.
*Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Progeny expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
*Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.
* If you’re submitting as a student, you must send confirmation with a picture of your valid university identification. Please send us an email at progenyfest@gmail.com
* We reserve the right to use stills, posters, and descriptions for promotional purposes.

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  • "The Recess" won the best international Short Film Award in the Progeny Short Film Festival (2021). During the festival, we were kept in the dark with no communication, and we've been communicating with the festival to claim the cash prize and the certificate of award for two months, but the festival does not answer to us. Above all, the festival put all the films in competition on a three hour YouTube video including the closing ceremony, without asking for permission from the filmmakers, and this is the obvious violation of copyright law. I hope some day in future they check their mailbox and get back to us!

    November 2021
  • Molly Meador

    Progeny was a fantastic experience and extremely well run by the organizers and directors. The films were amazing and I had an amazing time. I would 100% recommend this festival!

    October 2021
  • It's a very interesting film festival. I really enjoyed being part of this year's edition.

    October 2021
  • Although I wasn’t able to attend, I watched the livestream and I was very impressed with the quality of the films and presentation. I was honored to have a film selected.

    October 2021
  • Progeny is an incredible film festival that offers a diverse range of short films made by amazing filmmakers & artists. The staff were very friendly and the festival's Director went above and beyond to make sure the 2020 festival was safe, inclusive, exciting, and brilliant.

    November 2020