13th Annual

Vail Film Festival

April 07, 2016 to April 10, 2016

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Feature Films
The Vail Film Festival accepts feature films in all genres.
The Vail Film Festival accepts short films in all genres.
Documentary Feature
The Vail Film Festival accepts Feature Documentary films over 50 minutes.
Student Films
Films from high school and university students are accepted. Films can be shorts, features, animated or documentary.
Mexican Narrative Feature
Seeking innovative, original, and thought-provoking works that are made in Mexico or by Mexicans. Narrative Features must be over 50 minutes.
Mexican Feature Documentary
Seeking innovative, original, and thought-provoking works that are made in Mexico or by Mexicans. Documentary Features must be over 50 minutes.
Documentary Short
Documentary Shorts must not exceed 30m in length.
Colorado Short Films
Seeking Short Films from Colorado based filmmakers. Short Films must be under 25 minutes.


The Vail Film Festival is produced by the Vail Film Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and is committed to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering filmmaking through classes, panels and workshops.

The Vail Film Festival has been named "One of the Top 10 Destination Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker magazine.

The festival offers filmmakers four days of films, networking, parties, live music and skiing, and draws some of the countries top film critics, producers and distributors.


The 13th annual Vail Film Festival, set in Vail, Colorado, America's top ski resort, will be held April 7-10, 2016.

The 2016 festival will screen Feature Films, Shorts, Documentaries, and Student Films. The festival will also be presenting a special showcase of Mexican Narrative Features and Documentaries. The festival fosters filmmakers through Panel Discussions, a daily Hospitality Lounge, Nightly Parties, and networking opportunities with leading film industry professionals.

Past Vail Film Festival tribute recipients and attendees include Kate Bosworth, Allison Janney, Josh Lucas, Zach Braff, Tate Taylor, Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Zach & Miri, Cop Out), Michael Imperioli, Jane SeymourFred Schepisi, Krysten Ritter, Michelle Monaghan (Trucker, Mission Impossible III, Gone Baby Gone), Luke Wilson (Old School, Legally Blonde, The Royal Tenenbaums), Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage), Harold Ramis (Stripes, Caddy Shack, Ghostbusters, Groundhod Day, Analyze This), Tricia O'Kelley (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Tim Daly (NBC's Private Practice), Olivia Wilde (Turistas, FOX's House, Fix, The Year One, Tron: Legacy), Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan, ABC's Lost), Jesse Eisenberg (The Hunting Party, The Squid and the Whale), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill, The Hitcher), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Kip Pardue ("Remember The Titans", "Driven") and Edward Pressman (Producer; Wall Street, American Psycho, Das Boot, The Cooler, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps).

Past premieres and highlights include "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", "The Guitar", directed by Amy Redford, "In Search of a Midnight Kiss", "Knocked Up", Judd Apatow's follow up to "The 40 Year-Old Virgin", "Snow Cake" starring Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, the Cannes Award-winning "Red Road", "The Oh in Ohio" (starring Paul Rudd, Parker Posey, Mischa Barton and Danny DeVito), "American Dreamz" (starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore), "The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang" (from the filmmakers of "Napoleon Dynamite"), Luke Wilson's "The Wendell Baker Story", Tiffani Thiesen's "Just Pray" and David Duchovny's "House of D".


Kate Smith; Megen Musegades (Associate Director); Scott Cross (Director); Scott Cross (Director); Sean Cross (Festival Registrar)


Eligibility Requirements:

Filmmakers must have the rights to their films, and through submitting thereby grant the Vail Film Festival the right to screen their film.

All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators and selection committee, however, not all entries will be programmed. The festival will not pay an exhibition fee for any accepted entries initially submitted through our general Call for Entries. The VFF may screen any accepted entries up to three times during the festival dates at any of our exhibition venues.

Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2014. Fee waivers will be granted on a case by case basis and almost exclusively to non-profit organizations and international cultural/educational organizations.

Upon acceptance to the festival, the following is required:

Features: Press Kit containing 100 word synopsis in English, 5 hi-res film stills (300dpi, CMYK and/or RGB color), digital trailer with English subtitles (if film is in any language other than English), online or physical screener of film for press.

Shorts: Press Kit containing 50 word synopsis in English, 3 hi-res film stills (300dpi, CMYK and/or RGB color), digital trailer with English subtitles if available.


All statements in this document are true. I certify that I have cleared all rights for this film and understand that no officers, employees, or agents of the Vail Film Festival can be held liable for the contents of or damage to the film while en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession. For entries selected into the program, The Vail Film Institute reserves the right to use images or content for marketing purposes. This may include the creation and internet posting of a trailer, unless otherwise requested. My entry into this competition grants the festival the rights that have been stated in these guidelines. Entry Fees include processing, preliminary and final judging. Entry fees are non-refundable.