Skyline Indie Film Fest

Skyline Indie Film Fest

Skyline Indie Film Fest

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Call for Entries for Year 7, Now Open

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Old Town Winchester

The 7th Annual Skyline Indie Film Fest is a casual four day festival held in the historic Old Town District of Winchester, VA, just a short drive from Washington DC.

Since 2013 we’ve focused on new, undistributed independent films and original screenplays of all genres from around the corner and around the world. Open to professionals and amateurs. Student filmmakers, 18 and under, always submit for free.

Over four days each September we screen feature and short films in intimate venues, host screenwriting seminars, table reads, guest filmmaker panels, breakfast and afternoon networking mixers, cocktail parties and more. It’s the perfect, family friendly way to wrap up summer and kick off the fall festival season. There are a fair share of parties and mixers but Skyline’s focus is the promotion and development of independent filmmakers and writers. We strive for the continued success of our festival alumni by maintaining relationships and continuing to support their projects outside of our festival. We’re grateful for their contribution and we’re proud to help our friends continue their journey.

Each year our growing, dedicated audience come out for the quality programming from our impressive collection of submissions. Each submission is screened at least three times so our audience can trust Skyline to provide challenging and entertaining programming by the tastemakers of independent cinema.

Our guests say it best! Quickly becoming recognized for our inclusive and dedicated support to independent filmmakers and writers, Skyline’s reviews are glowing!

These folks are wonderful, they took very professional care to review the submitted films with knowledgeable reviewers, so they chose a really excellent program of films of all types. And then, their hospitality was terrific, with such warmth and fun. The festival takes place up and down the local pedestrian mall which is lovely and a cool way to have several venues within walking distance. Top marks all around! – Alan BeckerSOLDIER

This is truly a great festival that cares about the indie filmmaker. Brian and Gina were excellent hosts and made sure everyone felt welcome and that their film was screened properly. The audiences were very well receptive and the screenings were well attended. The festival is nestled in a historical town and there’s tons to see in your off time. I’m sure this festival will continue to grow! – Pat BattistiniTIN CAN

Join us as we foster the indie spirit. Submit your film or screenplay today and join us in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA this September to celebrate indie film at the 7th Annual Skyline Indie Film Fest.

2018 Call for Entries – Press Release

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November 1, 2017

Immediate release

Today we are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Skyline Indie Film Fest Call for Entries. Skyline Indie Film Fest, a casual four day festival held in the historic Old Town District of Winchester, VA, just a short drive from Washington DC.

Since 2013 we’ve focused on new, undistributed independent films and original screenplays of all genres from around the corner and around the world! Open to professionals, amateurs and student filmmakers, 18 and under, always submit for free. [Read More…]

2014 Festival Passes – On Sale NOW!

Since Rally in the Alley and our most recent trip to Indie Grits in Columbia, SC, we’ve been lovingly harassed and harangued to put the Skyline Festival passes on sale earlier than August 1, 2014. Well, we listen to our people! Festival passes are on sale now on this very site and you can find us on, too! Just search for “Skyline Indie Film Fest” and viola! For $50 you can purchase a pass that will allow you to see each and every movie screening, as seating permits.

And, you savvy Film Club 3.0 members who picked up a souvenir button over Lost Weekend, be sure to check your button for a 6 digit code for a $10 discount! Awesome sauce, right?!

Any questions about the passes please feel free to contact me! Thanks and congratulations on fostering the indie spirit!



Films Rolling In!

I’ve really stepped up my invites for the festival participation this week.  I’ve sent dozens of emails directly to filmmakers, producers, directors, film societies, artist communities, and McSweeney’s Wholphin.  No merge email here, a real life “I saw your trailer and I think your film would be great for our festival.” and I’m getting great response.  Many emailed me back instantly, a few called, and the submission form is taking a beating, which is a good thing!  We’ve scheduled a screening of the first five shorts with the festival programmers for this weekend and by early next week the judges should have in their hot little hands the first “OFFICIAL SELECTIONS” from the 1st Annual Skyline Indie Film Fest.

…I’m quite excited…

The Importance of Film Festivals – Part I: Filmmakers

With so many film festivals in existence and more and more coming online daily how do you decide where to spend you efforts?  Do you go niche market?  Is it worth it to submit to an unknown, brand new festival?  Depending on who you are and how you participate in the indie film world, the answer varies.

For the filmmakers, festivals present a significant way to market their film at a reasonable rate. There are opportunities to network within the industry.  Get feedback from audiences and judges.  Share tips and information on topics from technical aspects of filming to location hints.  Introductions are made and collaborations born.  Shopping films on the festival circuit can be both grueling and very satisfying and the grind can take its toll.  But the passion and fortitude of the filmmaker is without refute and the time, energy, and effort they put into not only telling their story but tirelessly working to bring it to audiences on the festival circuit is greatly appreciated by festival directors, other filmmakers, and especially the audiences.

To the filmmakers, thank you for your work, your story and your art.  We the audience love you for it.

To the audience, support these cinematic artists.  Seek them out at festival receptions and Q&A sessions, say hello and thank you.  Let them know their efforts are appreciated, important and entertaining.

It’s a two-way street, the filmmakers need an audience and the audience needs the filmmakers.


We’ve spent the last year building a team, drumming up support, introducing ourselves to filmmakers and spreading the word for our Festival in the global indie markets. It hasn’t been easy but it is paying off. We are going to have a great weekend in September when we screen all the official selections to the Festival as determined by our panel of screeners. Prior to the screening weekend the official selections will be sent to our judges, which we are excited to say, should all be in attendance for the Festival awards ceremony!

Awards you say? Why yes! Skyline Indie Film Fest is a competitive festival. Prizes will be provided to the winners as sponsors come on board and will go home with a trophy and a Festival credential from the Skyline Indie Film Fest.

Filmmakers, please visit the Rules page and read the submission guidelines and judging criteria. I hope then you’ll privilege us by submitting your film via the Submit page where you can provide all the information about yourself, the film, submit your info and you can even pay online if you so choose.

Potential Sponsors and Donors, you can visit our Become a Sponsor page and see our sponsor levels and join us in fostering the indie spirit. The sponsor levels are simply guidelines and if you wish to donate some other amount we thank you. What do you get in return? The world will know that you support independent thinking and artistry, that you are willing to invest in the future of cinema, the knowledge that your sponsorship or donation will help us nurture the indie film culture, and thousands of impressions for your business, organization, foundation, or charity because that is important, too.

Audience members, we love you! We are you! We’re not movie makers, we’re simply movie lovers! We’ve created this festival out of a desire to see creative, intelligent, opinionated, stimulating, and entertaining films that we may not otherwise have an opportunity to view. Spread the word and join us in September. Full auditoriums at the Festival venues will ensure our success, draw attention to our little festival and allow us to extend our reach.

We are very excited and proud of what we’ve accomplished to date and we hope you’re getting excited, too. So please, take few minutes and click around the site, visit our social sites, send us suggestions, if you’re willing you can volunteer to help, or if you’re really interested talk to us about a staff position in the Festival, and spread the word.

This is going to be fun!