11th Annual

Alexandria Film Festival

November 10, 2017 to November 12, 2017

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500 East Alexandria Avenue
Alexandria VA 22301
Phone: 703-862-8705

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Must have a total running time of 39 minutes or less. May be any film type (i.e. narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, etc.)
* please note: submissions longer than 39 minutes will be considered Feature Length.

Feature Length
Must have a total running time of 40 minutes or more. May be any film type (i.e. narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, etc.)



A yearly tribute to cinema, the Alexandria Film Festival presents independent feature-length films and shorts of all genres by both emerging and established filmmakers. Our mission is to promote cinema as an important cultural, educational and entertainment asset and to our highly engaged audience. We proudly showcase Alexandria as a dynamic venue for creating, exhibiting, and experiencing film.


Celebrating 11 years of independent film from around the world, the Alexandria Film Festival offers an enriching cinematic opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers alike by bringing high quality, diverse and thought-provoking films to Alexandria, Virginia. The 11th year of the Alexandria Film Festival will be held November 10-12, 2017.

Year after year, the festival attracts exceptional independent short and feature-length films, as well as filmmaker Q&As, and arts presentations to historic Alexandria, Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Alexandria is home to both an extremely influential audience and myriad film enthusiasts. The city also attracts many domestic and international visitors, along with residents of the D.C.-metro area who value the city’s focus on the arts and charming historic community. Most of all, our audiences value filmmaker interactions and the festival is a great opportunity for filmmakers to directly communicate with audiences and network with other emerging and established filmmakers.

In our eleventh year we are looking for independent films that invoke the follow characteristics:

*Local, national and international films

*Films that focus on sustainability: environmental, social and economic and all issues and sub-issues related thereto, e.g. sustainable agriculture, architecture, cultures, etc.


*Comedy and satire

*Children and family-friendly

*Health, science, and technology

*Politics and public policy

*Science fiction and fantasy

*Social justice and equality

*American history

Filmmakers are encouraged to interpret these categories broadly. The Alexandria Film Festival welcomes all submissions. Please note we accept Vimeo submissions, but you must submit a link with your submission.

For more information, visit AlexFilmFest.com and look for #AlexFilmFest on Facebook (facebook.com/alexandriafilmfestival), Twitter (twitter.com/alexfilmfest) and Instagram (instagram.com/alexfilmfest).


Elisa Morsche (Webmaster); Irwin Singer; Margaret Wohler (Vice Chair); Patti North (Chair); Patti North (Chair); Patti North (Chair)


Please Note
* Exhibition formats vary by location. If your film is selected for the Film Festival, you will be notified regarding which format you must submit, but in most cases it will be either DCP or exhibition quality, Blu Ray DVDs..
* Do not send original material.
* No cuts will be made in films by the Film Festival for any reason.
* The Alexandria Film Festival is open to the public.
* The Film Festival reserves the right to invite films for the program and for competition.
* Submission of film represents agreement to the policies set forth.

Selection of Winners and Prizes
Films will be selected by a jury. Selected films will be eligible for the Best of Show ($300), Jury Prize ($200) and the Audience Award ($100). The Alexandria Film Festival reserves the right to add additional awards at its discretion. The prizes will be presented after the Film Festival’s Award Ceremony on November 12, 2017.

The Alexandria Film Festival will not be held responsible if copyrighted materials or unauthorized materials are included in the film. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure proper permission from the copyright holder of music, stock footage, or any other material which could violate another entity’s copyright or exclusive use of the material.

For more information, please visit our web site: www.alexfilmfest.com


2017 Alexandria Film Festival Agreement to Participate and Release

Please read the following terms and conditions for your entry to the 2017 Alexandria Film Festival. By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

I, as an entrant to the Alexandria Film Festival hereby agree to permit any film submitted by me to be screened at the 2017 Alexandria Film Festival and any subsequent Alexandria Film Festival or related event. I certify that am the sole owner of all legal rights and title and that I have the authority to submit the enclosed materials to the Alexandria Film Festival. I guarantee that all rights necessary for screening by the Alexandria Film Festival have been obtained and I hereby assign those rights, to the full extent necessary for inclusion in the Alexandria Film Festival, to the Alexandria Film Festival. I warrant that I have the right to make such assignment hereunder, and further warrant that such assignment shall not infringe or misappropriate any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary right of any third party. If notified promptly in writing of a claim of any infringement or other violation of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary right of any third party, I will immediately notify the Alexandria Film Festival of same.


I indemnify and hold harmless the Alexandria Film Festival, its judges, sponsors, volunteers, and the City of Alexandria, individually and collectively, from and against any and all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, publicity, screening, credits, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered.

No Compensation.
I understand that, unless otherwise specified in writing, the Alexandria Film Festival provides no financial compensation for any exhibition of my work.

Publicity and Use.
The Alexandria Film Festival reserves the right to use any submitted publicity information, photos, and excerpts in its marketing and publicity, including online formats, for the festival and for any other uses related to the promotion of the festival. By accepting inclusion in the Alexandria Film Festival, I grant non-exclusive rights to showcase my film during the festival in as many screenings as required, and for screenings thereafter at the discretion of the Alexandria Film Festival. Such screenings include, but are not limited to, competition screenings and a highlights showcase which may play after competition ends. In addition, the Alexandria Film Festival has non-exclusive rights to repeat the showcase during the year for fundraising purposes. All ticket sale receipts are the sole property of the Alexandria Film Festival.

I hereby grant the Alexandria Film Festival unlimited rights to use the film, information and images provided by me within my entry, and any additional material, in accordance with the goals and needs of the Alexandria Film Festival. I understand and consent to the use and release of my entry and all related materials by the Alexandria Film Festival. I understand and agree that my entry and any related materials may be copied and used by the Alexandria Film Festival without further permission from me. The Alexandria Film Festival may my name or logo in any marketing materials, or describe publicly the nature of the film submitted, without my further consent.

Limitation of Liability.
In no event shall the Alexandria’s Film Festival have any liability to me, whether arising in contract, tort or otherwise and whether at common law or statute. Further, in no event shall the Alexandria Film Festival be liable to me for: (i) punitive, special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages; or (ii) loss of profits or business, loss of revenues, loss of opportunities, loss of savings, loss of or damage to data, loss of use damages or failure to realize expected savings arising out of this agreement even if been advised of the possibility of such damages.

I understand, am authorized to accept, and agree to abide by all terms listed in this release and in the submission guidelines.