The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival is launching its 2011 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works. 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. Complete an Online Submission Form 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-741-2518.
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)
$10 – Earlybird (postmarked by July 15)
$20 – Regular Deadline (postmarked by August 1)
$30 – Extended Deadline (postmarked by August 15)
Additional discounts are available for West Virginia Filmmakers Guild Members.
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 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.