DEADLINE: March 19, 2018

The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival invites imaginative, well-crafted and compelling works in film, video and animation. 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: "Borders"
  • Student (College)
  • Young filmmakers (under 18)

Borders Theme

In addition to the general categories, this year we invite submissions to the special category of “borders.” It is in the concept of the border that our conflicting impulses of belonging, identity, security, rights and ownership emerge. In a world that is relentlessly fluid and evolving, borders emerge, both physical and mental, in an attempt to reassert old orders and to stave off change. Just as dreams of great walls spring forth to quell fears of cultural dissolution, so too do less tangible boundaries of like-mindedness, belief, heritage and tribe. While these divides are not new, they do seem to be ascendant. We invite works that reflect on these issues as they manifest in contemporary culture and life.


  • Maximum running time of 10 minutes.
  • Works must have been completed after 1/1/2016.
  • 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.


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. 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:


OR submit via online entry form here:

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 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 "Borders" 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.


All works accepted will be announced on March 30, 2018. 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!