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Film Festival

Season Information 2016-17 2017-18
Submission Deadline April 1 April 1
Festival Dates June 2-3, 2017
June 1-2, 2018

Info for Schools

2016-17 Rules Clinics

The online rules clinic will be offered during the months of October and November and is available 24 hours a day.  The clinic must be completed by midnight on December 2 to receive attendance credit.

Film Rules Clinic


2017 Official Selections State Information Packet - Subject to Change!

2017 Official Selections Press Release

2017 Film Festival Schedule

Intent to Participate Form

Entry Form

Click the logo below to upload your films!


Host Venue

Academic Learning Commons Auditorium #1107
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
1000 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA  23220

Host Hotels

Holiday Inn Express
201 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA  23219
$125 + tax/night includes full express start breakfast and complimentary wireless internet
Cutoff for reservations is May 1 (may be extended)

Holiday Inn I-64
2000 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA  23230
$109 + tax/night includes full hot breakfast
Cutoff for reservations is May 18

To Purchase Tickets

Commercial/PSA Screening
VHSL Vanguard (top 3)/Awards

Full Festival Ticket

Interested in serving as a juror for a future VHSL Film Festival?  Click here!  Be prepared to submit your film-specific bio.

Interested in serving as a volunteer at the VHSL Film Festival?  Click here to apply!

Interested in serving as a speaker for a future VHSL Film Festival?  Click here!  Be prepared to submit your film-specific bio.


Event Safety Protocol

Non-member school event safety protocol guide

Past Results


Animation Winner - Clover Hill HS, The Magic Motley; Audience Choice:  William Byrd HS, The Master's Flying Machine

Commercial/PSA Winner:  South Lakes HS, Be the Difference; Audience Choice:  Annandale HS, McDonald's All Day Breakfast

Documentary Winner:  South Lakes HS, Papa Fred; Audience Choice:  James W. Robinson HS, Ram Pride

Experimental:  Winner:  George Wythe HS-Wytheville, Disillusionesque;  Audience Choice:  Clover Hill HS, Pressure

Narrative:  Winner:  Fort Defiance HS, Vertical; Audience Choide:  Princess Anne HS, Snafu



VHSL Film Festival encourages participation, supports filmmaking education, and recognizes student achievement in film as an academic program.  The League believes that film is both an art form and communication tool that encourages creativity in individuals and crews, and sharpens students' knowledge of conceptualizing, researching, writing, casting, directing, acting, cinematography, and editing.  VHSL Film Festival supports the Virginia Department of Education's CTE curriculum in Television and Media Production, which prepares students for careers in various technology and communications fields including film editing, audio/video engineering, and cinematogphy; the International Baccalaureate's Film curriculum, which aims to develop students' skills so that they become adept in both interpreting and making film texts while fostering creativity, researching and formulating ideas eloquently, and exploring the limitless possibilities of human expression through the art of filmmaking; and the Virginia SOL in media literacy, which requires students to produce, analyze, and evaluate auditory, visual, and written media messages.

VHSL Film Festival was developed by Lisa Giles, VHSL Director of Activities, in consultation with film advisers Michelle Gary of Patrick Henry High School, Alan Weintraut of Annandale High School, and Randy West of Meadowbrook High School.