Submit A Film

DIFF 2021 is going VIRTUAL… again!

The new Submission Deadline for the 2021 festival is Friday, March 26th at 11:59PM, with the festival lineup streaming April 9th-10th.

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By submitting a video to DIFF 2021, you agree to the following rules:

  • Videos must be no longer than 20 minutes in length.
  • Submissions are due March 26th at midnight.
  • You will be contacted via email to confirm that your submission has been received. If you have not received this confirmation by noon March 27th, please send an email to
  • You will be contacted via email if your entry has been selected for the 2021 Duke Independent Film Festival. If selected, you must attend the second night screening.
  • You may submit up to three videos.
  • You must be either an undergraduate or a graduate student at Duke University.
  • You may submit a video you have made for a class.
  • Films will be judged by the DIFF Exec and Editorial Boards and awards will be given for: Best Picture, Cinematography, Director, Film Editing, and the Wesley Hogan Award for Documentary Film.
  • Films will NOT be eligible for an audience choice award this year in light of COVID-19.
  • Once submitted, DIFF can use entries for promotional purposes.
  • DIFF reserves the right to play all entries in a public setting.