DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival invites imaginative, well-crafted and compelling works in film, video, animation and virtual reality. We impose no rules or restrictions governing content or artistic approach. Rather, we celebrate creative and innovative approaches to expression, medium, concept and narrative, in both traditional and non-traditional forms. Works may be submitted in any of the following competitive categories:

  • Documentary Short
  • Narrative Short
  • Experimental
  • Animation
  • Thematic entry: "Health"
  • Student (College)
  • Young filmmakers (under 18)
  • Virtual Reality


  • Maximum running time of 20 minutes.
  • Works must have been completed after 1/1/2015.
  • Please include English subtitles with all non-English narrative entries.
  • All submissions must include a completed entry form.
  • Maximum of 2 entries per person, with separate entry form for each entry.

Virtual Reality submission Guidelines

Recognizing the importance of new technologies in shaping the way we communicate and tell stories, we accept the submission of works in virtual reality. We invite works in these mediums that push the boundaries of narrative, documentary, gameplay, personal expression or that explore new approaches to the representation of space and form. Projects must be viewable via HTC Vive. Please contact us by email with any questions regarding the submission of VR works (


You may submit your work in one of two ways: Either through FilmFreeway, or by filling out the online entry form below. Mailed-in entries are not accepted this year. If submitting using the online form below, all works must be available for download (Vimeo, WeTransfer or Dropbox etc.) at screening quality and full resolution (1920 x 1080, or 1280 x 720 square pixels). Please insure that the link to the online version of your film or project is active until the date of the festival.

Submit via FilmFreeway:


Submit via online entry form:

NOTE: Production still images will only be requested only after acceptance. Filmmakers and artists accepted to the festival agree to permit the use of stills and/or clips from accepted works in promotional and public relations materials.


(pay once for up to two entries)

General: $10
College Student: $5
Young filmmakers (Under 18): Free

The Entry Fee is payable through Film Freeway, Paypal or by check (US banks only). Please do not send cash. Checks should be made out to: WVMSFF Student Organization. All entry fees go to help support festival screening awards and events.

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Modest awards have been established by the festival organizers to recognize work of exceptional accomplishment. They include: 

  • $300 - Best of Festival award
  • $100 - Best Documentary Short
  • $100 - Best Narrative Short
  • $100 - Best Experimental
  • $100 - Best Animation
  • $100 - Best Student Production
  • $100 - Best Young Filmmaker
  • $100 - Best "Health" Theme
  • $100 - Best Virtual Reality Environment/Interactive Work.


Each festival submission will be carefully reviewed by a screening committee of practicing, professional artists and filmmakers.


All works accepted will be announced on March 10, 2017. Notifications will be made by email. If your work is selected, we will request film stills at that time. 


Please direct all inquiries to

The WVMSFF is a creation the Electronic Media program of the WVU School of Art and Design and is hosted by the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival Student Organization

We look forward to seeing your work!