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Various Artists independent Film Festival


A 21st century film festival and competition with awards and distribution opportunities.



CHICAGO, IL (October, November  2017) 

The creative team behind, an online network where independent filmmakers can showcase their work, is proud to announce they will be accepting submissions for their new online film festival competition, the Various Artists Independent Film Festival, {VAiFF}This unique festival was created to provide artists the opportunity to showcase their creativity and engage in healthy competition with their talented peers. The festival accepts submissions from filmmakers of all ages, ethnic groups and backgrounds from all over the world in various categories and genres. 

VAiFF is a year-round competition, with filmmakers securing nominations in four quarterly rounds. The winning nominees in each quarter will then compete in the LIVE festival, taking place in Chicago, IL in October 2018.

Online quarterfinal votes determine grand finale nominees

October 22nd – December 30th, 2017

EARLY BIRD: October 22 – 28, 2017    REGULAR SUBMISSIONS: October 29 – November 19, 2017,   LATE SUBMISSIONS: November 20 – December 3, 2017

30-day social media audience voting from December 5 – January 3, 2017

 QUARTER / FALL SEASON Winning Nominees announced January 5th, 2018!
One winner from each of the nine categories will secure their spot as Nominee #1 in and will compete at the 2018 grand finale and festival.

VAiFF accepts projects in nine different categories and genres shorts;

·      Horror

·      Comedy

·      Drama

·      Music Videos

·      Web / TV Pilots

·      Animation

·      Children / Family

·      Documentary

·      Foreign

 VAiFF accepts projects regardless of completion date. Yes, your submitted project can be 2 days old or 12 years old, it is still eligible for submission.

Submit your project at this link

Click here for rules and to see previous winners:

 Grand Prize winners will receive cash prizes, customized awards, distribution opportunities, and several free filmmaking tools. For a more detailed explanation, please visit

Filmmakers will appreciate the list of high-profile judges for the annual competition, which highly respected industry professionals. Some of the judges include:

·      Bob Gale - Writer, Producer of ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Back to the Future Part 2’ and ‘Back to the Future Part 3’ 

·      Eric White - Music Producer, Emmy Award Nominee for his work on 'The Voice' 

·      Chris Walas - Special Effects Make-Up Artists, Academy Award Winner (1985) ‘The Fly’ and creature effects designer from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Gremlins.

... and others soon to be announced.


For more information and the latest updates, please visit and click on Featured Events with the VAiFF icon. 



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