As we continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic and follow health experts' advice, we want to keep our filmmakers updated.

In the event of postponement or cancellation due to Covid-19, filmmakers will be able to use their 2020 submission fee for the 2021 festival. Film completion deadlines will be extended to maintain eligibility for Skyline 2021. If the festival goes online in part or full filmmakers will have the option to opt out of screening to protect premiere status.

As a non-profit and supporter of our great local sponsors, we thank everyone for their patience while we navigate the best way to continue to fulfill our mission, while being responsible to our staff, volunteers, and patrons.

At Skyline Indie Film Fest we bring to the Shenandoah Valley the absolute best in independent, undistributed films from around the world. To us, indie means off the beaten path. It means making films because you love to. Daring to be different, to learn and grow. It means overcoming obstacles that could be swept aside if you only had a few more dollars in your bank account. By getting your message across through the use of resourcefulness and adaptability. It means taking initiative, being responsible, and getting in the face of and not backing down from obstacles, naysayers, and detractors. The indie spirit is alive and well and here, we support, embrace, and celebrate it.
Will you help us… Foster the Indie Spirit!

Trophies for Festival Winner, Best Doc, Best Feature, Best Short, Fan Favorite, Director's Choice and more! Prizes based on sponsor's participation.

1. Submissions shall be submitted via FilmFreeway only.
2. Completed films only will be screened.
3. Films with distribution are not eligible for competition.
4. Films completed earlier than January 1, 2019 are not eligible for competition.
5. Submissions must be received by April 30, 2021.
5a. Please fill out submission form completely.
5b. Submissions will not be reviewed without payment.
5c. There are no fee waivers. The festival will not respond to any waiver requests.
6. Please include a link to the film trailer and electronic press kit.
7. Payment does not guarantee entry into the competition, only that it will be viewed by the programming department and considered for competitive judging.
8. There shall be no refunds. Efforts will be made to contact you if a problem arises but your entry fee shall not be refunded.
9. Filmmakers may submit more than one film; a separate submission form and payment will be required for each film.
10. Festival not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen, or late submissions, marketing materials, etc.
11. Preview copies submitted on physical media shall not be returned.
12. Exhibition copies of submissions shall be in a digital file format, with no watermark, intended for laptop playback; h.264 codec is preferred (MP4). Physical discs and drives will not be returned without a self addressed stamped envelope. No exceptions.
13. Entrants shall retain full rights to their submissions.

Once all films have been reviewed by our screening panel official selections will be determined and forwarded to our judges. If your film becomes an official selection of Skyline Indie Film Fest 2021 you will be notified via email no later than July 1, 2021.

By submitting to Skyline Indie Film Fest you grant the festival permission to display the film's trailer, stills and information from the required press kit/EPK on the festival website, social media outlets, and in other marketing and promotional actions.

Overall Rating
  • Kristin Jones

    I was thrilled to have my feature film "Evergreen" screened at the Skyline Indie Film Fest. I wasn't able to attend, but one of our crew members was and he had nothing but great things to say. Brian did a great job accommodating our schedule, communicating with me on what we needed, and responding to my emails in a timely manner! I can't wait to bring my next project here.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Kristin, it was great to have Evergreen at Skyline!

  • Renso Amariz

    I couldn't make it to the festival but my screenplay did. Overall I got great communication from the organizers and it's just been a wonderful experience overall.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for being a part of Skyline and great work on your script!

  • Larissa Kruesi

    Great indie festival with a welcoming vibe in a lovely town. We had a great time screening our short film and loved getting to see the other films! Good opportunities for networking and excellent communication.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Larissa! So sorry we couldn't find time to chat more but we're so thankful you were able to attend!

  • Kimberley Rizzo

    This was a terrific festival, and we were very happy that we were able to attend. The communication with the festival was great, the venues were lovely, and Winchester is a charming town. The films were a treat, and it was wonderful to meet the other film festivals. Skyline Indie Film Fest is exactly what a film festival should be, and I would recommend that any filmmaker submit and attend!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to join us in Winchester! It was a pleasure to meet you and share your film with our audience and for me in particular, to learn about bi-coastal co-directing!

  • Mark Ward

    A major regret on our festival run for MASTERS was that we were only able to attend Skyline Indie for one day. The directors were welcoming and available and such great people, the screenings were well-attended, and everything was right on the main thoroughfare in quaint and gorgeous Old Town Winchester which was a perfect environment to network. Submit to this fest, and if you’re fortunate enough to be selected, make sure you attend.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Mark! It was so great to meet you and Shannon. I wish you all could have been here all four days, too. MASTERS is a blast, congrats on Oaxaca! Looking forward to working together for SkIFF2020.