Victoria Film Festival

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, North America

05 - 14 Feb, 2021

Keywords

experimental, live action, canadian, short, virtual reality, animation, Documentary, feature, narrative

Category

Feature, Short, Virtual Reality

Genre

Documentary, Animation, Comedy, Romance, Action, Drama, Crime, Experimental, Fantasy, Musical/dance, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Live-Action

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Victoria Film Festival

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, North America

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General Information

founded

1995

edition

26th

organizers

Dan McDonagh

president

Pat Ferns

vice president

Barbara Todd Hager

secretary

Contact details

Victoria Film Festival

1215 Blanshard Street Victoria

British Columbia, Canada V8W 3J4

festival@victoriafilmfestival.com

(250) 389-0444

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About the festival

The Victoria Film Festival brings the world to Victoria’s door by programming a diverse selection of Canadian and international films. We support the practice of all media artists with particular focus on Canadian independent media artists through exhibition of their work. The Victoria Film Festival ensures the vitality and continued excellence of media arts in the Victoria region by providing a complete survey of film and media art to the community. It’s a vibrant program celebrating the greatest storytelling medium of all time.

Mission

The mission of the Victoria Film Festival is to expose our community to a wide range of ideas and lifestyles through year-round presentation of film, video and new media. Through our events and presentations we aim to stimulate critical analysis and inspire individuals to recognize and utilize film as a creative tool.

Since 1995, the Victoria Film Festival has been the centre for film on Vancouver Island. We believe in programming that provides the public with entertaining and high-quality films, activities and events. Our Festival and year-round events encourage artistic innovation and creativity while providing access for a broad audience segment.

 

The VFF is committed to cooperation and collaboration with other arts organizations as well as the business community, with programs that are interactive, entertaining and educational and provide great value for the money, and friendly, open, and proactive staff to support you.

About

The Victoria Film Festival brings the world to Victoria’s door by programming a diverse selection of Canadian and international films. We support the practice of all media artists with particular focus on Canadian independent media artists through exhibition of their work. The Victoria Film Festival ensures the vitality and continued excellence of media arts in the Victoria region by providing a complete survey of film and media art to the community. It’s a vibrant program celebrating the greatest storytelling medium of all time.

Mission

The mission of the Victoria Film Festival is to expose our community to a wide range of ideas and lifestyles through year-round presentation of film, video and new media. Through our events and presentations we aim to stimulate critical analysis and inspire individuals to recognize and utilize film as a creative tool.

Since 1995, the Victoria Film Festival has been the centre for film on Vancouver Island. We believe in programming that provides the public with entertaining and high-quality films, activities and events. Our Festival and year-round events encourage artistic innovation and creativity while providing access for a broad audience segment.

 

The VFF is committed to cooperation and collaboration with other arts organizations as well as the business community, with programs that are interactive, entertaining and educational and provide great value for the money, and friendly, open, and proactive staff to support you.

Gallery

Awards & Winners

There are no winners yet for this festival

Terms and rules

Deadline & Fees for Entries

Earlybird postmark deadline: June 24, 2020
Regular postmark deadline: July 22, 2020
Late postmark deadline: August 26, 2020
Notification Date - January 6th, 2021

VFF is now only accepting entries digitally. If submission by DVD is desired, please contact the programmer before submitting.

All cheque or money orders payable to Victoria Film Festival.
All funds must be in Canadian or US Dollars.
If paying via cheque/money order, include the name of the film being submitted on the payment.

Submissions

1. May be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of short or feature length. Virtual or augmented reality projects will also be considered.
2. Only films completed in 2019 or 2020 will be considered.
3. Films which have received television or theatrical exposure in the Victoria, B.C. area prior to the festival are not eligible.
4. Films available on the internet are not eligible.
5. Please include two film stills and a director's head-shot with your entry. These can be emailed or included with submission.
6. VFF now accepts only online screeners for preview purposes. Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected internet link. The link must NOT be visible to the public.
7. If submitting via DVD is desired, please contact the programmer before submitting.
8. If selected for the festival, exhibition prints may be presented via Blu-Ray, DCP or QuickTime compliant file. Filmmakers must deliver final format as indicated for festival screening. No exceptions. Shorts will be compiled into programs for screening. Titles may be delivered to the festival digitally.
9. Virtual or augmented reality projects are exempt from some of these requirements as outlined in their category rules.

Screening Access

The Festival will provide a complimentary Guest Pass for two representatives from each feature (75+ minutes) presented and six complimentary tickets to one screening of the film. Short filmmakers will receive one complimentary Guest Pass and two complimentary tickets to one screenings of their film.

Program Selection

Entries will be reviewed by a Selection Committee appointed by the Festival Director and Head Programmer. The Selection Committee will provide a list of those film and video works which it feels should be part of the Festival and will provide a short list of nominees for Festival awards. Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Festival by January 6, 2021.
Upon Acceptance
1. All shipping costs to Victoria must be paid by the participant.
2. The Festival will pay the cost of outbound shipping.
3. For international films, our print traffic coordinator will contact you with specific instructions.
4. Promotional materials of selected films become the property of the VFF and can be used to promote the Festival and the programs of the Festival in all mediums.
5. At the Festival, filmmakers will be able to sell copies of their work if desired. Contact the Festival for further details.

Insurance

The Victoria Film Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all films and videos submitted for exhibition. However, the applicant in applying to the Festival agrees to release the Festival, its Officers, Directors and other representatives from any and all claims arising in any way from the submission of materials by or on behalf of the Applicant, whether film, video or otherwise to the Festival. If you wish to insure your film, please make arrangements with the programmer. You accept these conditions by submitting to us.

Release

Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration along with your acceptance of The Victoria Film Festival regulations. By submitting this form, you also agree to allow the festival the use of your film and its publicity materials for promotional purposes. Please agree below.

You accept these conditions by submitting to us.

Categories and fees

BC Made - Shorts
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Canada
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

A category for BC-based filmmakers of all the types of short films (narrative, experimental, documentary and animation). Indigenous filmmakers, even if BC-based, are encouraged to submit to the Indigenous Made category

BC Made - Features
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Canada
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

A category for BC-based filmmakers of all the types of feature films (narrative, experimental, documentary and animation). Indigenous filmmakers, even if BC-based, are encouraged to submit to the Indigenous Made category

Indigenous Made
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country United States
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

This category is for works made by North American Indigenous filmmakers only. For this category, the following special rules apply: - Works may be of any length or type. - Only works by North American Indigenous filmmakers are eligible. - Works submitted to this section will be curated by an Indigenous curator and be eligible for our Indigenous Perspective section - Regardless of content, works by non-Indigenous filmmakers should be submitted to another category.

Narrative - Features
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Narrative feature films.

Narrative - Shorts
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45

For short narrative films.

Documentary - Features
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Documentary films of feature length.

Documentary - Shorts
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For documentary shorts.

Animation
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Animation films of all lengths

Experimental
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $15
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $35
Late (26th August, 2020) $45
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Experimental films of all lengths Works submitted to this category should be well outside the range of traditional narrative, documentary or animation forms although they may contain residual elements of them. Additionally, they may be considered if they fall within the scope of classical structural-materialist or visionary schools of experimental art. Works submitted to this category that do not qualify as either will be required to re-submit. If you are at all unsure about your work, please feel free to reach out to us before submitting and we will be happy to provide guidance. Please ensure that you include an artistic statement with your entry as it will be used in jurying. It can be included in your director's statement.

Virtual & Augmented Reality
Early Bird (24th June, 2020) $5
Regular (22nd July, 2020) $5
Late (26th August, 2020) $5

VFF is now happy to be accepting VR and AR projects for consideration and special rules apply for this category: - Works can be made at any time (unlike other categories) - Works may have been shown in Victoria prior to submission but please indicate this for clarity - Short 2D video samples can be used to represent longer works BUT - you may be asked to show a complete work if requested AND - complete works will give us a better sense of the full project - A list of the gear required for your VR or AR project or a complete list of supported platforms must be included with your submission - A creative statement from the creator or team lead should also be included. - Projects which are not VR or AR in nature, will be automatically disqualified and no refunds will be issued. Please feel free to contact us before submitting and we will happily provide context and answer any questions.