We are excited to announce that VAiFF is going virtual this year. We are being socially responsible, yet still enthusiastic about enriching the careers of filmmakers.
We have created an “interactive” online VAiFF experience, with film screenings, live Q&A’s with filmmakers, and a few “industry talks” that will simulcast on Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Instagram Live on our global 3-day event taking place Friday, Oct 2, Saturday, Oct 3 and wrapping up our 4th year on Sunday, Oct 4th.
Here are some of the programming that you can expect:
Friday / Oct. 2nd, 2020 / Festival Kick-Off:
7:00p (CST): Q&A: Peter Hawley of the Illinois Film Office sits down and talks to us about the state of Covid-19 and its impact on the Illinois film community and more importantly how we’re fighting back to regain our industry.
7:30p (CST): Chicago Showcase: Let’s kick off the festival screenings with a showcase of four multitalented Chicago based filmmakers and their projects. Immediately followed by a Q&A session with them to discuss their projects, dreams, and the roads they’re taking to get there.
Saturday / Oct. 3rd, 2020 / Day Two:
12:00p: Q&A: Maurice Proffit, the first VAiFF Production Grant Winner talks about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, how it affected his mentorship and production of his next film.
Screenings and Winner Announcements Begin:
12:30p (CST): CHILDREN / FAMILY
1:20p (CST): MUSIC VIDEO
1:40p (CST): COMEDY
2:40p (CST): EXPERIMENTAL
3:30p (CST): HORROR/THRILLER
Sunday / Oct. 4th, 2020 / Day Three:
12:40p (CST): ANIMATION
1:00p (CST): DOCUMENTARY
1:35p (CST): FOREIGN
1:50p (CST): DRAMA
3:00p (CST): TV/WEB PILOT
4:15p (CST): SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT SCREENING ‘Augustus’ followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Jon Alston.
4:45p (CST): SPECIAL SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL FILMMAKERS AND CONTENT PROVIDERS
4:50p (CST): 2020 PRODUCTION GRANT Winner Announcement!
All of this programming simulcasts on FACEBOOK Live and YOUTUBE Live with special behind the scenes interviews and features for our INSTAGRAM Live audience.
…and it’s all FREE!
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Oct. 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2020
THE GRAND PRIZE!
SELECT GRAND PRIZE WINNERS will ALSO be awarded a low budget film grant, to produce a short film that must premiere at the following years Various Artists independent Film Festival ceremony!
But that’s not all. The selected winner will receive one on one educational and mentorship opportunities with step by step production instruction along the way. From development, through production and all the way to completion and delivery, there is no reason to fear the next step of your career, we are a community of artists and you will not be alone.
You will receive instruction from working industry professionals that will meet you at your skill level and take you further than you thought you could ever go.
The selected GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced LIVE at the conclusion of each yearly festival and competition screenings.