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Exciting, jam-packed three day event taking place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York (the most international, artistic and eclectic neighborhood in the world) at the end of September each year featuring independent features, shorts, animated films and music videos, both narratives and documentaries from around the world. 

We offer three competitions - Commercials/PSAs, Film Soundtracks and Screenplays. These creative fields are underserved and rarely seen in film festivals.

Exhibiting over 80 films, industry panels, networking opportunities, and an Opening Night party are just some of our offerings.


Williamsburg International Film Festival | WILLiFEST 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES

WILLiFEST spotlights independent filmmakers from around the world. We encourage you to submit your work and join us in New York City for a professional, fun-filled festival of screenings, panels, networking opportunities and after-parties.

The Williamsburg International Film Festival, voted top 10 coolest film festival by MovieMaker Magazine, was established to provide a platform for the creative visions of today's emerging artists of all disciplines. The film festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to enhance their careers by exposing their projects to a powerful audience, gaining crucial media exposure and strengthening industry relationships.

In addition to premieres, the festival features film selections from a multitude of categories. Screenplay, Commercial and Soundtrack competitions round out the offerings.

At WILLiFEST, we pride ourselves on elevating the filmmaker's experience. This festival was created for the artist, by artists, and we look forward to taking you, your film, music video or screenplay to the next level.

The categories of entries we are accepting for the 2016 Williamsburg International Film Festival are as follows:

Narrative Feature Films
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of at least 50 minutes from any country of origin. In order to qualify as a Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2013.

Documentary Feature Films
Any non-fiction film with a running time of at least 50 minutes from any country of origin, NOT including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events. If your documentary contains limited dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2013.

Short Films
Any narrative or documentary film from any country of origin with a running time of 49 minutes or less. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2013.

Student Films
Any U.S. or International narrative or documentary film of any length. Proof of school enrollment is required. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2013.

Music Videos
Any film or video in sync to music from any country of origin with a running time of less than 10 minutes. No premiere status is required. Music Videos do not have a completion requirement.

Any film or video that sells a product or service from any country of origin with a running time of less than 7 minutes. This category also includes Public Service Announcements (PSA) which promotes public awareness. Commercials have no premiere or completion requirements.

A film or video music soundtrack from any category of film or video. Sample selection(s) should be less than 20 minutes. There is no completion requirement.

Screenplay Competition
Any feature-length, English-language, narrative screenplay of any genre. Scripts must have a minimum page count of 15 pages and a maximum page count of 200, all pages numbered and in standard industry format. We only accept electronic submissions. Digital formats accepted are Word (.doc .docx), Final Draft (.fdr .fdx) or Adobe (.pdf) documents. After completing the on-line application process and paying appropriate fee, digital screenplay submissions should be emailed to or uploaded to or


Foreign language work must be subtitled in English (or dubbed where permitted). Only films completed after January 2013 will be accepted except for Music Videos, Commercials and Soundtracks which do not have a completion requirement. Student Films are projects completed by filmmakers when they were enrolled in school. Students must include a copy of school ID.

WILLiFEST is an HD projection festival utilizing file-based server technology. We do not project from videotape and request exhibition copies of films be submitted as an .mp4 file or alternatively, a Bluray Disc for conversion to file.

For information on additional WILLiFEST news and events, visit us at

Best of Luck!

the WILLiFEST team


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