At the request of current West Virginia Filmmakers Festival director Caitlin Renee Campbell, I wanted to give everyone a very belated explanation of what’s happening with the festival.
This website is no longer host to the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival. Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/wvfilmmakersfest/ for details regarding any upcoming festivals which may occur. This website will stand as an archive to this previous incarnation of the festival, but will no longer be updated.
In 2010 I was asked to head a committee for the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild to run the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival. Kevin Carpenter who created and ran the festival for over a decade wanted to give the guild a chance to run the festival, which was at the time dedicated to celebrating local filmmakers.
In 2011 I stepped down as head of the Filmmakers Festival Committee of the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild, as it became clear that the organization didn’t have the infrastructure necessary to continue the festival. Shortly afterwords, the board of the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild acted on my recommendation to hand operation of the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival back to West Virginia Filmmakers Festival inc. As of present I have no affiliation with the festival, or the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild.
In 2013, Caitlin Campbell began operating the festival once again under the name “West Virginia Filmmakers Festival.” This festival continues to run. While the festival still screens some films from West Virginia, it has transitioned away from a celebration of WV films towards more regional and international Content. Campbell continues to run this festival’s run in Sutton, WV while maintaining year-round operations out of her home in Santa Monica, CA.
I wish the festival continued success in 2015.