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The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival is West Virginia's longest running competition festival. The West Virginia Filmmaker Festival is a dedicated to the promotion of WV Filmmakers and Video Artists by the exhibition of films which exemplify the West Virginia spirit of independence. We strive to give forum to the Mountain State's best and most inventive new video artists while promoting the state to filmmakers outside of West Virginia. ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The West Virginia FIlmmakers Festival is the original Film Festival dedicated to films by and for West Virginia. Held every fall in beautiful Sutton, West Virginia, the festival has showcased the best and brightest filmmakers from the Mountain State, and beyond. The First Festival was held in the spring of 2001 showcasing some of West Virginia's best filmmakers at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Historic Sutton, West Virgina. In 2010 The West Virginia Filmmaker's Guild took over production of the festival. The WVFF focuses on creating a communal atmosphere between the makers, students, and audiences of their films. We make our filmmakers our top priority by encouraging feedback, networking and workshops among the filmmakers. Filmmakers should leave our weekend with a myriad of new friends and collaborators Cash prizes are given in the categories of: Best Student Film, Best Narrative Short, Best Experimental/Music Video/Animation, Best Documentary Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Feature, and Best Film. Additionally, the festival annually awards the WV Filmmaker of the Year award to the individual whose work has had the biggest impact on WV filmmaking during that calendar year


The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival continues its 2011 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works. Filmmakers from West Virginia and Appalachia are particularly encouraged to submit. The festival will run September 28 – October 2 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts and the Elk Theater in historic Sutton, WV. deadline for submission is August 1, with an extended deadline of August 15. Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Narrative Feature, $200

  • Narrative Short, $200

  • Documentary Feature, $200

  • Documentary Short, $200

  • Student Film, $100

  • Out-Of-Towners, 200$

  • Experimental/Music Video/Animation. $100

Additionally, accepted films will be eligible for Audience Awards, and Best Film, worth $500.

Filmmakers will be notified of their acceptance status by September 15.

Before submitting, please read the guidelines below. Filmmakers May Submit online via the  West Virginia Filmmakers Guild or and mail in with your screener and payment. For those applying online, please do also include a printed paper copy of the online entry form screen when shipping your screener and payment.

If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Felton at or 304-741-2518. Additiona information is available online at The WV Filmmakers Festival Website


Features (50 min. and above)
$30 – Regular Deadline (postmarked by August 1)

Shorts (under 50 min.)
$23 – Regular Deadline (postmarked by Aug 1)
$25 – Extended Deadline (August 15)


$10 – Regular Deadline (postmarked by August 1)

$15 – Extended Deadline (postmarked by August 15)


Experimenta/Animation/Music Video

$20 – Regular Deadline (postmarked by August 1)

$30 – Extended Deadline (postmarked by August 15)

Additional discounts are available for West Virginia Filmmakers Guild Members.

NOTE: The West Virginia FIlmmakers Festival is open to all filmmakers. However, filmmakers not from West Virginia are particularly encouraged to submit in the Out Of Towners category. 


Submissions must contain: entry form, full payment, preview screener. Entry fees must be paid via check or money order made out to “West Virginia Filmmakers Guild”. Students must also include proof of student status at the time of production in the form of a photocopied student ID. Incomplete submissions will not be processed or considered.

Submission packets must be mailed to:

If mailing via USPS:
West Virginia Filmmakers Festival

attn: Patrick Felton
PO Box 11553
Charleston, WV 25993

Films must be submitted on a single DVD (NTSC Region 0 or 1 ONLY) or via a secure online screener.

Films not in English must include English subtitles.

The cost of shipping an entry must be paid by the entrant. DVD screeners will not be returned.

If a film is accepted, press materials for the film will be required, which can include but may not be limited to: high-resolution publicity stills, filmmaker bio, or online trailer.

The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival does NOT offer “notes” or specific critique of any films not accepted for exhibition, and reserves the right to turn down any submission without explanation or justification.


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