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
  • Ben Fussiner

    Thank you for selecting my screenplay, Together Delirious, for the 2020 Skyline Indie Film Fest. I really appreciate the recognition.

    September 2020
  • Skyline Indie Film Fest were a joy to work with! The handled this challenging virtual year beautifully and took care of our films and our teams with respect and love! We had a great Q&A and were made to feel like we had a little piece of the festival experience. To receive two awards for our feature was a massive surprise and we are so grateful to the festival and to the audience members who voted! Congrats to all.
    Thank you.

    September 2020
  • Carly Bryant

    Thank you from the heart of Brazil! A great honour for our music documentary MY BLOOD IS RED to be selected. Best wishes from alll at NEEDS MUST FILM.

    September 2020
  • Todd Densmore

    Even during COVID times, the folks over at Skyline Indie Film Festival proved that you can still have a banger of a film festival - just a little differently. The communication, support, and effort at SKIFF was exceptional, and I am grateful that my short script was able to be included in this year's fest. Looking forward to returning next year, and hopefully in person!

    September 2020
  • Joseph Archer

    Brilliant festival with a really cool programme and attitude!

    September 2020