Everyone across the globe has an equal chance to take part in our festival, from emerging or established filmmakers and artists who explore diverse perspectives on conflict and veterans’ themes to veterans who have served and are now working in the film or screen based media industry. Multicultural and Indigenous entries are very much encouraged. We encourage participation from universities, colleges, film schools, secondary, primary schools and the community at large.



We want to see submissions that explore, real or imagined perspectives on conflict or warfare and its influence on society; the human experience of our serving and ex serving personnel and their families; include stories about the influences, impact and the complex situations before, during and after the war. But we are always open to discovering something outside of the box, as well.  

All films will be accepted and assessed with the view to screening them at a VFF event. Your submission must have been produced during the 24 (twenty four) months preceding the Festival 

Your submission with an online link, which may include a password to activate for viewing must be received prior to the specified deadline date. Early submission deadline dates have lower entry fees to late submission deadline dates. We encourage you to submit your film as early as possible to take advantage of lower submission fees.

If your film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Films submitted to the official competition category, are eligible to compete for the coveted Red Poppy Awards, inspired by the John McCrae poem ‘In Flanders Field’.

We embrace all genres, including: 

Action, Adventure, Alternative, Animation, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Classics, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark Comedy, Documentary, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film Noir, Flash, Health, History, Horror, Human Rights, Independent, Kids, LGBTQI, Live Action, Machinima, Medical, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Music Videos, Mystery, Nature, News, Parody, Postmodern, Realism, Reality, Religion, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Satire, Science Fiction, Silent movie, Social Issues, Spiritual, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western… and more. 


Do you have a fiction or nonfiction narrative film, with a running time of 41 minutes or more? We definitely want to see your feature film.  


Short form filmmaking is the creative playing field where filmmakers are discovered and get noticed with innovative ideas and techniques. Short Films must have a total running time of less than 40 minutes, including credits. 


Have you animated a film? For animated feature films (40 minutes or more), submit it as a feature film entry. For animated short films less than 40 minutes, including credits, submit as a short film entry. 


We are definitely interested in seeing documentaries. If you have either a feature length (41 minutes or more) or short film documentary, send it over to us. If you’re a student, submit through student film category. 


Are you a student who has just made a film? Student filmmakers must be registered in a recognised film school, university, college, high school, middle school or elementary school with proof of ID from the institution to qualify for the relevant fees.  


Have you made a music video? Can be for independent or established artists. Send it to us. Submissions must not be more than 10 minutes in length.


Do you have a TV show or Web Series? Then we want to have a look. A maximum of 2 episodes will be screened. Runtime: 47 minutes or less. For web series under 10 mins, submit as a short film entry.

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