Submissions for 2019 have closed. WVU students may still submit to the student film competition wvff19 until April 15

The Electronic Media Area of the School of Art and Design of West Virginia University is accepting entries to the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival, which will be held on April 26 & 27, 2019. We seek imaginative, well-crafted and compelling works in film, video and animation. Send us your work!

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:

  • Experimental

  • Animation

  • Narrative Short

  • Documentary Short

  • Thematic entry: "Meme Culture"

  • Student (College)

  • Young filmmakers (under 18)

Meme Culture Theme

In addition to the general categories, this year we invite submissions to the special category: “Meme Culture.” The manner in which we interact through the internet has had profound social impact, extending far beyond the boundaries of our computers and smart phones and bleeding into everyday interactions and face-to-face encounters. The proliferation of meme culture - accelerated by technology - has had particular social influence. Largely through mimesis, gesture and mutation, memes spread ideas, behaviors and attitudes like viruses while shaping the social interactions of those who carry them. While many recognize the effects of memes in the entertainment realm, their impact is no doubt felt much wider, politically, socially and economically. We invite works that take as their subject the notion of “meme culture” however widely interpreted or that reflect on the impact of memes on the way we increasingly think, act and interact with one another.


  • Maximum running time of 20 minutes.

  • Works must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2017.

  • Please include English subtitles with all non-English narrative entries.

  • All submissions must include a completed entry form.

  • Maximum of 3 entries per person, with separate entry form for each entry.


You may submit your work in one of two ways: Through FilmFreeway, or by filling out the online entry form below. Mailed-in entries are not accepted. 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 festivalC

Submit via FilmFreeway:


OR submit via online entry form here:

NOTE: Production still images will only be requested 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.


General: $8
College Student: $5
(Student entries should be accompanied by a current student ID, emailed to
Young filmmakers/Under 18: Free

A separate entry fee and submission form is required for each entry. 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. All fees go to help support festival screening awards and festival events The Entry Fee may be paid by clicking the Paypal link below, or by sending in a check (US banks only). Please do not send cash. Checks should be made out to: "WVMSFF" and mailed to: WVMSFF, 1 Fine Arts Drive, School of Art and Design, Morgantown, WV 26506.

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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 "Meme Culture" Theme

  • $100 - Best Documentary Short

  • $100 - Best Narrative Short

  • $100 - Best Experimental

  • $100 - Best Animation

  • $100 - Best Student Production

  • $100 - Best Young Filmmaker


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


The 2019 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival will be held on April 26 & 27 in the Gluck Theater at the West Virginia University Mountainlair in Morgantown.


All works accepted will be announced on April 6, 2019. 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.

We look forward to seeing your work!