Submitting Your Project to the Vyre Film Festival

A note regarding the 2020 Vyre Network Film Festival & the COVID-19 Pandemic: We understand and acknowledge that the global impact of COVID-19 has greatly affected creators and their projects, from production halts. As we constructed the policies and procedures for submitting projects for 2020 Festival consideration, we worked to account for and address those disruptions. If you have any questions, please contact programming@ ; for details on how Vyre Network has met the current moment and addressed new realities, please visit vyre / covid19.

Submissions to the 2020 Vyre Network Film Festival are now open. You may click the button below to begin the application process. For answers to the most commonly asked questions about submitting projects to the Festival, download our FAQ document, and please read the Rules & Regulations thoroughly before you begin the process. The deadline dates and submission fees for 2020 Festival consideration are listed below.

2020 Vyre Film Festival
Deadlines & Entry Fees

Early Deadline

August 17, 2020 

$22

Regular Deadline

September 7, 2020 

$42

Late Deadline

September 24, 2020 

$72

Submission Categories

Every year, we will feature films, short films, and episodic projects, to play for our Film Festival Committee to award 45 winners global digital Distribution with a major marketing budget. Before you begin your submission, please carefully read the eligibility requirements for each category, and select the one that best suits your project. Each category you can enter as one of the inner categories: Comedy, Thriller, Drama, Horror, Action & Adventure excluding Best Director, Best Female Director, Red Fox Comedy Award, Social Impact and Documentaries

Best Feature Film

Any narrative or non-scripted work of fiction originating from within the United States with a running time of 45 minutes or more. In order to qualify as a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, or a fictionalization of actual events, and at least half of the project’s financing must originate from within the United States.

Best Short Film

Any film or video project originating from within the United States with a running time of less than 44 minutes, including credits. This includes scripted or improvisational fiction, nonfiction or documentary, experimental film or video, animation, music video, or any other short-form film or video project. In order to qualify as a U.S. Short Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from within the United States.

Best Documentary Feature Length

Any nonfiction film originating from within the United States with a running time of 45 minutes or more. If your documentary contains re-enactments or other fictionalized depictions of actual events, you may submit it to this category, if accepted. In order to qualify as a U.S. Documentary Feature Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from within the United States.

Best Documentary Short Film

Any nonfiction film originating from within the United States with a running time of 44 minutes or less. If your documentary contains re-enactments or other fictionalized depictions of actual events, you may submit it to this category, if accepted. In order to qualify as a U.S. Documentary Feature Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from within the United States.

Best Episodic Series

Any live-action, documentary/nonfiction, or animation project presented in or intended to be presented in a multi-episode format. This includes pilots, pilot presentations, web series, docuseries, limited series, anthologies, or any other film or video project that was created to unfold over multiple episodes. We accept both short-form and long-form content, with no restrictions regarding minimum or maximum episode or series length.

Best Student Feature, Short & Documentary

Any nonfiction film or short film originating from within the United States with a running time of 12 minutes or more. If your documentary contains re-enactments or other fictionalized depictions of actual events, you may submit it to this category, if accepted. In order to qualify as a U.S. Documentary Feature Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from within the United States.

Best Spanish Feature Film

Any narrative or non-scripted work of fiction originating as a Spanish language with a running time of 45 minutes or more. In order to qualify as a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, or a fictionalization of actual events, and at least half of the project’s financing must originate from within the United States.

Best Spanish Short Film

Any film or video project originating as a Spanish language with a running time of less than 44 minutes, including credits. This includes scripted or improvisational fiction, nonfiction or documentary, experimental film or video, animation, music video, or any other short-form film or video project. In order to qualify as a U.S. Short Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from within the United States.

Best International Feature Film

Any narrative or non-scripted work of fiction originating from outside of the United States with a running time of 45 minutes or more. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, or a fictionalization of actual events, and at least half of the project’s financing must originate from outside of the United States. Only films retaining international premiere status are eligible for open submission to this category.

Best International Short Film

Any narrative or non-scripted work of fiction originating from outside of the United States with a running time of 44 minutes or less. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, or a fictionalization of actual events, and at least half of the project’s financing must originate from outside of the United States. Only films retaining international premiere status are eligible for open submission to this category.

Best International Episodic Series

Any live-action, documentary/nonfiction, or animation project presented in or intended to be presented in a multi-episode format internationally. This includes pilots, pilot presentations, web series, docuseries, limited series, anthologies, or any other film or video project that was created to unfold over multiple episodes. We accept both short-form and long-form content, with no restrictions regarding minimum or maximum episode or series length.

Best Director Award

The Directing Award honors directors in the Best Feature Film, Short Film, Episodic and Documentary Competitions.

Spike Did It Comedy Award

The Spike Did It Comedy Award honors the best Stand Up Comedians for their overall body of work.  Spike Did It have been a staple Comedy Show in Hollywood, CA for over 20 years at the Hollywood Improv. At any given night you would run across comedians such as Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Kat Williams, DL Hugely, Tiffany Haddish and more. 

Social Awareness Award

The Social Awareness Award honors film, episodic series and documentaries that bring awareness o social issues.

Best Female Director Award

The Female Directing Award honors Female Directors in the Best Feature Film, Short Film, Episodic and Documentary Competitions.

Think Watts HQ Young Creators

The Think Watts HQ Young Creators Award honors the new generation in creating content in a film, short film, or episodic series format. Each submission needs to be a running time of 10 minutes or more. The project must be created by someone under the age of 16 or under with 50% or more ownership.