DG Shorties Film Festival 2018

The first annual DG Shorties, short film festival, will take place on Saturday May 5th 2018 at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater inside the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News, VA.

Please review the details below on how to participate.


  • Comedy
  • Drama/Narrative
  • Music Video


  • Festival is split into two age groups: 
    • Lil' Shorties - ages 11-15
    • Shorties - ages 16 & up
  • All features must be shot on a smartphone. Apps used can include: iMovie, Powerdirector, LumaFusion, Kinemaster, and/or Adobe Premiere Clip
  • All features should be no shorter than 5 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes (including credits)
  • Music video shorts must include original music with no vulgar language and an artistic vision.

Submission Deadlines/ Registration Fees:

The film must be submitted by the specified date below in order to get the noted registration prices. Upload and payment instructions will be emailed following receipt of submission form.  

  • Early Entry Date: Tuesday, October 10th - $20
  • Official Entry Date: Tuesday, November 14th - $25
  • Late Entry Date (if submission capacity has not been reached): Tuesday, December 12th - $35

Fill out the submission form electronically or manually and submit it through one of the following options:

  • Email it to downing-gross@nnva.gov
  • Fax it to 757-247-8960
  • Deliver it to the Customer Service Desk here at DGCAC