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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.


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Williamsburg International Film Festival | WILLiFEST 2012

Festival
Festival presentation: 

The Williamsburg International Film Festival | 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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Williamsburg International Film Festival, voted top 20 coolest film festival by MovieMaker Magazine, is the film component of WILLiFEST. WILLiFEST was established to provide a platform for the creative visions of today's emerging artists of all disciplines. The film and music festivals are opportunities for artists to enhance their careers by exposing their films and music to a powerful audience, gaining crucial media exposure and strengthening industry relationships. In the LiVE it UP! Pavilion, Donna Drake, a nationally syndicated TV talk show host, interviews filmmakers and local celebrities. The Filmmakers' Lounge provides filmmakers a space to promote their films and network with each other in between their screenings.

In addition to red carpet premieres, the festival features several film competitions. A Screenplay competition rounds out the offerings. The closing night award ceremony will honor award winners in each category. 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 or your screenplay to the next level.

The categories of entries we are accepting for the 2012 Williamsburg International Film Festival are as follows:

U.S. Narrative Feature Films
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of at least 50
minutes. In order to qualify as a U.S. 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 2010.

U.S. Documentary Feature Films
Any non-fiction film with a running time of at least 50 minutes, 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 2010.

International Narrative Feature Films
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of at least 50
minutes. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film,
the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational
fiction, and production must have occurred outside of the United States.
No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after
January 2010.

International Documentary Feature Films
Any non-fiction film with a running time of at least 50 minutes, 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. In order to
qualify as an International Documentary Feature Film, the film must be
unscripted and production must have occurred outside of the United
States. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed
after January 2010.

U.S. Short Films
Any narrative or documentary film of U.S. origin with a running time of
49 minutes or less. No premiere status is required. Films must have been
completed after January 2010.

International Short Films
Any narrative or documentary film of international origin with a running
time of 49 minutes or less. In order to qualify as an International
Short Film, production must have occurred outside of the United States.
No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after
January 2010.


Animated Films
Any animated film in any style of animation from any country of origin
with a running time of any length. No premiere status is required. Films
must have been completed after January 2010.

Family Fare
Any live action or animation of any length from any country that
celebrates the whole family coming together to enjoy and share the
movie-going experience. Any subject matter considered. All films should
be appropriate for general audiences. No premiere status is required.
Films must have been completed after January 2010.

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 2010.

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.

Midnight Treats
A treat for true cinephiles and casual filmgoers alike, this
non-competition section presents an eclectic mix of horror, sci-fi,
over-the-top comedies, explicit animation and bizarre stories that defy
categorization. Midnight Treats have no premiere or completion
requirements.

Screenplays
Any feature-length, English-language, narrative screenplay of any genre. Scripts must have a minimum page
count of 60 pages and a maximum page count of 240, all pages numbered
and in standard industry format. Title page or email should include
author name(s), title, street address, phone number, email address and
WAB ID#. We only accept electronic submissions.
Digital
formats accepted are Final Draft or Adobe PDF documents. After
completing the on-line application process and paying appropriate fee,
digital screenplay submissions should be emailed to screenplays@willifest.com
or uploaded to Withoutabox.com. Title page must include author name(s),
title, home address, phone number, email address and WAB #.

Awards are presented for all categories except Midnight Treats.

GENERAL RULES
Each submitted film must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Please write the title of the film on all checks or money orders. Entries must be submitted on DVD (NTSC Region 0 or 1). International films can be submitted on NTSC or PAL Region 0 (Region-free) DVDs. Screeners should be straight-play DVDs with only your film and no menus. We accept works-in-progress. Screener DVD must be labeled with title, running time, entrant's name, category, phone number and WAB ID# on the disc face with permanent marker. Screeners should be viewed for playback quality before mailing in. Please DO NOT use paper labels.

Foreign language work must be subtitled in English (or dubbed where permitted). Only films completed after January 2010 will be accepted except for Music Videos and Midnight Treats 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 a file or alternatively, a DVD or Bluray Disc. We also project 35mm film on a limited-basis and these situations will be discussed with filmmakers upon acceptance and decided by our
Programming Department.

For information on additional WILLiFEST news and events, visit us at www.willifest.com.

Best of Luck!

the WILLiFEST team

Festival Nickname: 
WILLiFEST 2012
Edition: 
3
Festival Logo: 
Theme: 
Adventure
African Films
American Films
Animation
Arabic Films
Art, Dance, Music
Art-house films
Asian Films
Awards
Black Culture Films
British Films
Children
Comedy
Crime
Digital
Documentary
Education
European Films
Family
Fantasy/Science Fiction
French Films
German Films
Historical
Horror films
Human Rights
Independent
International
Italian Films
Japanese Films
Jewish Films
Latin American Films
Music
National
Romance
Seminar
Spanish Films
Sport
Student films
Thriller
Underground
War
Western
Women
Youth/Teen
Category/Format: 
Animated Films
Digital / DVD
Documentaries
Fiction Features
Independant
Music video
Short films
Student film
Work-In-Progress
Festival Info
Price info: 
Varies from free to $10
Opening hours: 
10 am
Last attendance: 
8000
Number of journalists: 
20
Next Festival Dates: 
09/20/2012 - 09/23/2012
Is the Festival open to the public ?: 
Yes
Does the Festival have a market?: 
Yes
Does the Festival have a competition ?: 
Yes
Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Payment
Film submission amount: 
Varies on film length and category. See website for submission guidelines.
Submission accepted on Fest21.com: 
No
Film call for entry start day: 
01/01/2012
Film call for entry deadline: 
05/19/2012
Festival Contact
Festival Director Name: 
Michael Helman
Festival Director E-mail: 
Festival Programmer Name: 
Programming Director
Festival Programmer Email: 
Festival Press Contact Name: 
Industry Liason
Festival Press Contact Email: 
Festival Commercial Contact Name: 
Industry Liason
Festival Commercial Contact Email: 
E-mail for Webmaster: 
Festival Ecommerce
Festival Organization
Name: 
WILLiFEST
Address: 
P.O. Box 20412
City: 
New York
State: 
NY
Zip code: 
10021
Country: 
United States
Telephone: 
212.744.2845
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