VAiFF ‘SUMMER’ submissions CLOSED!

SUMMER submission season CLOSED!

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Never before has a festival combined all of the components you love about independent film screenings and competitions with the convenience of mobile streaming and the ease of social media.
The Various Artists independent Film Festival (VAiFF) is truly one for the 21st century.

This unique festival was created to provide artists the opportunity to showcase their creativity and engage in healthy competition with their talented peers. VAiFF is perfect for filmmakers looking for that ‘big break’ and the ones looking to take ‘one more shot’.

  • VAiFF invites all submissions, irrespective of their completion date. We strongly believe that a filmmaker’s passion should not be limited by an expiration date.
  • VAiFF review committee screens all submissions. Once the semi finalists have been selected, YOU and members of worldwide social media will vote and decide who moves on to win the nomination in each category.

animation     children     comedy     documentary     drama

 foreign   horror     music-video     tv_web





***All submissions must be under 45 minutes, not including end credits. See Rules and Regulations on FilmFreewayfolm-freeway for details.

Films will be accepted from all categories listed above. Films selected for competition will be posted on for public screening. The voting window will be open for 30 days. The film with the most/positive social media votes in each category will win the quarter nominations.

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See below for a clear description of the process and timeline :

  • ‘Fall’ submissions Completed.

  • ‘Winter’ submissions Completed.

  • ‘Spring’ submissions Completed.

  • ‘Summer’ submissions Completed.


  • June 18, 2017 – September 1, 2017
  • EARLY BIRD : June 18 – 24, 2017 (7 day window)
  • REGULAR SUBMISSIONS : June 25 – July 15, 2017 (21 day window)
  • LATE SUBMISSIONS : July 16 – 29, 2017 (14 day window)
  • AUDIENCE VOTING : August 2 – 31, 2017 (30 day window)
  • NOMINEES ANNOUNCED : September 1, 2017
  • One winner will secure their spot as Nominee #4 and final contestant in each of the nine categories and will compete at the 2017 annual festival.

All of the nominated films from each category from each quarter will be screened at a prestigious, multi-day event. Filmmakers, industry leaders, and film lovers will enjoy a weekend full of films, networking, Q&A sessions, and fun filled after parties to make this an annual event people will not want to miss.

Producers securing quarterly nominations will receive cash prizes, and at the annual event, the top 9 winning films will be presented with a VAiFF customized award, cash prizes, and other perks.

Here’s where it gets ‘interesting’. The judges for the festival are working industry professionals who have combined box office receipts that total more than $13 Billion dollars!

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Some of the confirmed judges are :


Academy Award Winner

Producer : ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Matrix’, ‘The Big Chill’, ‘Pete’s Dragon’ (2016)

Production Manager : ‘Apocalypse Now’ ‘The Big Chill’




 Academy Award Nominee

Writer : ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, ‘Trespass’,‘Bordello of Blood’, ‘Used Cars’, ‘1941’

Co Producer : ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy


Visual Effects Society Winner

VFX Producer : ‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Men in Black3’,
‘The Dark Knight’, ‘X-Men 2: X-Men United

Co Producer : ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016)



Marsha OglesbyMarsha Oglesby
Film & TV Producer

Producer : ‘‘WIGS’, ‘The Rules of Attraction’,
‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’
‘Righteous Kill’, ‘88 Minutes’

Production Manager : ‘Mama Flora’s Family’



Tamara WoolforkTamara Woolfork


NBC UNIVERSAL:  Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs

Alumni : Harvard University/Duke School of Law




Academy Award Winner

Special FX Effects/Producer

Special Effects :  Star Wars: Episode VI-Return Of The Jedi, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Gremlins

Academy Award Winner/Best Make Up : The Fly




Emmy Award Nominee

Music Producer / Audio Editing Mixer

Credits: ‘The Voice’ (2011 – Present), ‘American Idol Season 15 (2016), Usher/Trey Songs World Tour (2011-2012), Jay-Z ‘Blueprint 3′ Tour (2009-2010) and American Gangster Tour (2007-2008), Tom Petty Filming of “Running Down a Dream”, The Jonas Brothers…at the El Rey Theater”, Norah Jones, Hoobastank, Brian McKnight, Alien Ant Farm “Live at’

Emmy Award Nominee : The Voice (2015)(2016)(2017) Outstanding Sound Mixing


If you still believe in your project…good so do we. Let’s work together in spreading the word about it so others can share in your vision. VAiFF is truly a yearlong celebration of independent filmmaking, not just to be celebrated by independent producers, but lovers of film as well. We are Various Artists and we will stand together as one voice, sharing our passion, one screening at a time.

VAiFF was created and nurtured in the Midwest by entrepreneurs :

Zohra Hasta:

Chicago-born film producer, director, and actor Zohra Hasta graduated… Read More




Robert Parsons II:

Born in Delaware. He started his career in the Steel… Read More





Zernul R. Shackelford Jr:

Few artists have created a body of work as… Read More




Omar McClinton:

Omar began his film career as an actor working in television commercials… Read More






Designed and built specifically for film & television, located in the heart of Cinespace Studios Chicago, Periscope Post & Audio has the right tools and the right talent to take your project from dailies to delivery.

Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of business and Entrepreneurs in music, film / video and creative technology joins us in our goal to uplift the next generation of artists.


One of the country’s leading resources for casting professional and indy productions is now working with Various Artists producers to cast their next project!


We hold the very firm belief that we have our own Hollywood of talent right here in the midwest. A group of writers, directors, cinematographers, and storytellers that have the potential to shoot, execute, and develop some of the best content our industry has yet to see.

Become a Sponsor:

Please email to inquire about different sponsorship levels and how your company can benefit from becoming a sponsor.


We invite you to join our supporters by making a donation to support VAiFF and in helping to not only make the festival possible but also supporting filmmakers in their creativity and careers.


Become a Volunteer and learn how a film festival comes to life. You’ll get the chance to interact with audiences and a very diverse and talented group of filmmakers, along with film industry executives. Please email for volunteering opportunities.


VAiFF is offering internships for class credit. We have had previous interns from DePaul University and Columbia College, to name a few. Please email with your resume and cover letter stating why you’d love to be a part of VAiFF.

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For any questions related to film submissions, please email our programming department :