AWARDS & PRIZES
CASH PRIZE AND PRIZE FUND
The prize fund is composed of both sponsored prizes and funds collected from entries.
The cash prize may not be enormous, but it serves as a meaningful recognition for the hard work and dedication of the winners. With 30% of the entry fees going towards the prize fund, it has the potential to grow to $7,000 or more as the festival approaches. The winners in each category will receive a portion of the prize fund based on their respective achievements.
Narrative Feature Award
The winner in this category will receive 35% of the prize fund.
Best Documentary Film
The winner in this category will receive 30% of the prize fund.
Best Narrative Short
The winner in this category will receive 20% of the prize fund.
Best Documentary Short Film
The winner in this category will receive 15% of the prize fund.
Best Experimental Short
Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Short
Best Student Feature
Best Student Short
And other additional categories
Each of the winners will have the opportunity to request a unique, handcrafted VAIF Statue Award as a special memento of their achievement.