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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 4th Annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival Call for Submissions

The 4nd Annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

Call for Submissions

The West Virginia University School of Art and design is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 4th annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival. We seek independent, unique and compelling work in film, video and animation. All interested artists, filmmakers, multimedia enthusiasts are encouraged to submit work for consideration. Student submissions are also encouraged.
Send us your work!

Deadline for entries: February 25, 2012 (received)

Entry Fee: $10.00

Works will be considered for five competitive categories:

  • Documentary Short
  • Narrative Short
  • Animation/ Experimental
  • Student (College)
  • Young Filmmakers (Under 18)
  • Re-vision Theme

The Re-vision Theme
With the Revision theme we invite works that explore ways in which notions of identity in 2013 differ from the definitions, stereotypes or associations handed down to us historically and culturally. Whether personal, social or geographic, how are current experiences and realities of our various identities at odds with the popular or historical portrayals we've grown accustomed to? How does the experience of your place, your group, your class - or even your nation - contrast with external perceptions? Is there such a thing an "authentic" representation, or a true self? If not, how does contemporary culture fashion a new experience no longer supported by former models and ideas? We invite works that reflect on these and similar questions.

Entries must have been made after January 1, 2010. $10 Entry fee per person. Maximum of 3 entries. All submissions must include a completed entry form. Please include English subtitles with all non-English narrative entries. There are no rules governing content or artistic approach. We only seek to celebrate 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.

Modest awards have been established by the festival organizers to recognize work of exceptional accomplishment. They include a $300.00 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 Production, Best Young Filmmaker, and Best Revision Theme.

The 2013 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival will be held Friday, March 15 to Sunday March 17 in West Virginia University’s Bloch Hall Auditorium and Falbo Theaters of the Creative Arts Center.

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

Method of Submission
The deadline for submission is February 25, 2013. All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form, which can be filled-out, online or downloaded from the festival website:

Entries may be submitted in one of 4 ways:

Online: Upload your full resolution video file to and make the original source video available for download (in privacy settings). Email the URL to your video to Submit only the original file, uncompressed by Vimeo. (Vimeo instructions)

Online: Upload your full resolution video file (.mov) using: Follow uploading and sharing instructions. Send download link in an email to

Mail: Standard definition DVD (NTSC, region 1)
No menus please!!! DVD's should be set to auto play your entry. Please do not set to loop.

Mail: Data DVD (.mov)

Works mailed-in should be sent to:
West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
School of Art and Design
College of Creative Arts
West Virginia University
PO Box 6111
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6111

Festival website:

For additional information please contact us 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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