Sunday, August 16, 2015

It's a Wrap on VFF15 Call-for-Entries

Our 2015 call-for-entries have officially closed!

This year, we used two platforms (vs. the three from last year): and and received submissions from 70 countries. 

What surprised us most was the number of films from Iran. This is a country with a rich, cultural history, yet it is also known for censoring films, throwing artists in jail, and forcing filmmakers (and their families) into exile. 

For the first time since 2009, Iran had a tent inside the International Village at Festival de Cannes. Under the Republic's new president, Hassan Rouhani, the new policy appears to be celebrating culture. Fingers crossed this is a new beginning. 

Moving on, below are the Top 10 countries VFF15 submissions came from:

  1. United States
  2. Islamic Republic of Iran
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Spain
  5. Germany
  6. Canada
  7. Italy
  8. France
  9. Brazil
  10. India

Friday, August 7, 2015

Countdown to VFF15...T-Minus 75 Days

75 days out and still over 300 films unwatched. 

This week we called upon our screening group volunteers to commit to an additional 10 films. With this plan in place, we're confident that every film can be viewed by August 23. This will allow us time to review the films in consideration, find the content that best complements each other and the festival, program, schedule, and update the website by September 7. 

If we miss this deadline, we miss the 6-8 week press window and we make it more difficult for filmmakers outside of Los Angeles to plan their attendance. Because we rely on our friends in the press to get the word out AND our filmmakers to support their films, this is a really important deadline for us to meet. 

We're also chasing down our sponsors, returning & new, and securing after-party venues. 

We'll provide another update once our submissions close on August 15th! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last Chance to Submit to VFF15 ~ Submissions Close August 15th

Dear Filmmakers: 

Don't let the VFF15 submission deadline pass you by. Once submissions are closed, they're closed. We have a record number of submissions (and they're still coming in) and made a promise to filmmakers to view every film, from start to finish. No exceptions. 

Have no fear. If you miss the August 15th deadline, you can always submit to VFF16, in January 2016. 

Film submitted through July 31 are $75 USD and submissions sent in between August 1-15 are $100 USD. Now don't you wish you submitted in February when it was pay-what-you-can?

If you're unsure whether or not to submit your film, we encourage you to look through our archives to get a feel for our programming. 

You may submit through,, or to VFF directly

Monday, July 13, 2015

Countdown to VFF15...T-Minus 100 Days

100 days out. This is when we start to get nervous.  Even though our venue is locked down and our call-for-entries is coming to an end, once we hit the "T-Minus 100 Days" mark,  we feel just a wee more pressure to speed things up. 

Our main priority right now is to make sure every film is viewed & reviewed, from start to finish, by August 31. This year, 95% of our submissions are online. Thanks to portals such as and, VFF is now able to include our foreign alumni filmmakers (and fans) in the reviewing process; we currently have approximately 30 volunteers watching submissions from all over the world. 

Usually around this time, we've picked up on submission trends. One year it was female westerns, another year it was 3D films or "Hollywood," but this year we've seen several films set just before, during, and after the Serbia/Kosovo war. While the reality of war is beyond brutal, it warms our heart to know that those affected by this conflict have found their voice via film. 

Next on the agenda is filling in the festival gaps with panel discussions and networking gatherings. If you have ideas, or wish to be involved, please let us know. 

Once we hit "T-Minus 75 Days" we'll sneak in another production update. Until then, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for everyday interaction.