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Virginia Film Office and Virginia Tourism Corporation Launch the Virginia Audience Awards Competitio

Virginia Film Office and Virginia Tourism Corporation Launch the Virginia Audience Awards Competition

~The brand new short film competition is inspired by the Virginia Screenwriting Competition~

CHARLOTTESVILLE (November 3, 2016)- The Virginia Film Office (VFO) and Virginia Tourism Corporation today announced a new short film competition, inspired by the Virginia Screenwriting Competition. The 30-90 second challenge prompts film lovers and filmmakers to show what they love most about Virginia. The VFO is seeking beautiful content from established and emerging filmmakers alike. In its inaugural year, the platform will focus on Virginia, and guides filmmakers to showcase some of the primary Virginia is for Lovers sub-brands. Full details can be found at

President and CEO of Virginia Tourism, Rita McClenny commented, "The Virginia is for Lovers Film contest feeds the hunger for stunning content, showcasing film projects that are capturing authentic Virginia experiences. The contest also gives filmmakers a larger audience and an opportunity to fund future projects."

"Our online contest will reward talented Virginians who are producing authentic content, while highlighting the Commonwealth and its most beautiful assets," said Andy Edmunds, Director of the Virginia Film Office. "This competition is the perfect opportunity for citizens from around the Commonwealth to discover why Virginia is for Film Lovers."

The call for entries was announced at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville. Filmmakers have until 9:00pm ET on May 29, 2017 to submit. After the close of submissions, voting will begin. A jury from the Virginia Film Office will also select winning entries from submitted videos. Audience and jury selected submissions will win cash prizes totaling $15,000.

Paige Williams, Audience Awards Founder and CEO commented,

"Audience Awards are thrilled to partner with Virginia Film Office to highlight their beautiful state. Showcasing filmmakers in front of a global audience is what we love to do. We know the collective talent of Virginia's in-state filmmakers will help people see exactly why Virginia is for Lovers."

Launched in 2013, Audience Awards (AudAwards) is a leading content sourcing platform with a rapidly growing community that is 150,000-members strong. It's innovative, online, video contest competitions are an organic opportunity to cross-promote brands, projects, products, services, causes and the work of emerging filmmakers on a broad scale. Top brands like GoDaddy, Hilton, Kodak, and Fusion, among numerous others, call upon our member filmmakers to produce and submit videos for industry jurist and people's choice voting, allowing audiences to come together to support outstanding talent. Winners receive a variety of cash awards ranging as high as $50,000 and other in-kind prizes. Competitions provide opportunities to be presented at prestigious film festivals and land distribution deals with major networks. Corporations and other organizations gain unique perspectives into consumer tastes, as well as rights to valuable assets. In April 2017, AudAwards - which has offices in Los Angeles; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Missoula, Mont. - will launch the inaugural International Audience Awards Film Festival in L.A. Visit us online at

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