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West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

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Established in 2010, The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival celebrates exceptional, compelling, original and innovative works in film, video and animation. Its primary mission is to help foster creative approaches to these media and to expose West Virginia University students and the surrounding Morgantown community to the world of independent filmmaking. The festival also strives to highlight issues and themes that help define contemporary culture and experience in West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region. The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival invites submissions in the categories of narrative film & video, documentary, animation and experimental works.


The 2nd annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

The 2nd West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
April 30th  and May 1st, 2011

The Electronic Media Area of the West Virginia University Department of Art is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 2nd annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival. We seek independent, unique and compelling work in film, video and animation. All interested artists, filmmakers, and multimedia enthusiasts are encouraged to submit. Student submissions are also encouraged. Send us your work!

There are no rules governing content or artistic approach. There are no entry fees for submission of work. We only seek well crafted, compelling or conceptually challenging works in video, film and multimedia. The only restriction for competitive entries is a 20-minute maximum running time.

Categories of Competition
Works will be considered for five competitive categories:
•    Documentary Short
•    Narrative Short
•    Animation/ Experimental
•    Student Production
•    Energy Theme (works in any genre that take the theme “Energy” as a focus)

The Energy Theme
In an effort to draw attention to the complex problems and issues connecting energy, economics, the environment, and culture, festival organizers seek works in any genre that take the theme “Energy” as a focus. These works should address or reflect notions of energy or the many ways in which it is implicated in contemporary experience, such as climate change/global warming, consumption, sustainability, behavior/lifestyle, fossil fuels, renewable sources, economics, politics, industry… etc.

Modest awards have been established by the festival organizers to recognize work of exceptional accomplishment. They include a $200.00 Best of Festival award, and five $100 awards in each of the festival categories: Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Animation/Experimental, Best Student Work, and Best Energy Themed Project.

Deadline for Entries
The deadline for the reception of entries is April 1, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made as soon as possible prior to screening.

The 2011 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival will be held on April 31st and May 1st in the Bloch Hall Auditorium of the Creative Arts Center, home of the WVU Art Department, and located in Morgantown, West Virginia. 

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

NO ENTRY FEE is required to submit work for consideration.
All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form which can be downloaded from the website: Entry forms may be sent by standard mail or emailed to

Entries may be submitted in one of 4 ways:
•    Send by mail a standard definition DVD (NTSC, any region)
•    Send by mail a your video on a data DVD (.mov or .avi) 
•    Upload your full resolution video file (.mov or .avi) to and make the original source video available for download. Send video link in email to along with entry form.
•    Upload your full resolution video file (Quicktime or .avi) to:, or Follow uploading and sharing instructions. Send download link in email to along with entry form.

Mailed-in entries should be sent to:
Gerald Habarth, WVMSFF
Division of Art and Design, Creative Arts Center
West Virginia University 
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6111

Gerald Habarth, WVMSFF
Division of Art and Design, CAC
College of Creative Arts
West Virginia University
PO Box 6111
Morgantown, WV 26506-6111

Festival website:
For additional information please contact Gerald Habarth at


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About West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival; celebrating artistry, imagination, and independent thought in video and multimedia. Screening works under 20 minutes, programming categories include: documentary, narrative, animation/experimental, young filmmakers (under 18) and works that focus on Appalachian culture and themes.


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