The Progeny Short Film Festival takes place annually in Blacksburg, Virginia, hosted by Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. The festival aims to provide a platform for independent filmmakers and students around Southwest Virginia. Progeny seeks to uplift filmmakers producing thought-provoking content showcasing a diverse range of styles, genres, and interests.

The 2020 edition of the Progeny Short Film Festival will be held outside the Moss Arts Center on Main Street Lawn on Saturday, October 17. A live band, Gloz, will open the fest at 6 p.m. Films will screen beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony. Please note that social distancing will be enforced and masks are required for all audience members. Free masks will be available.

In the event of inclement weather, Progeny will be held indoors in  the Moss Arts Center’s Fife Theatre. In-person attendance will be limited.

For the first time in Progeny history, the School of Performing Arts will be simultaneously streaming the event. Register here for the in-person event and register here for the YouTube Live online streaming event.

While Progeny is proud to uplift the local community, submissions both nationally and internationally are also welcomed. Categories include narrative short, documentary short, experimental short, animated short, high school short, Hokie short, and international short. Additional information, may be found at

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Susan Sanders at least 10 business days prior to the event.