The Appalachian Film Festival is here again. It ran in Huntington from 2003-2013, screening films such as The Last Ride and Winter’s Bone.
With we are accepting films that reflect and celebrate the Appalachian region, searching for filmmakers or projects from the contiguous counties that comprise Appalachia. The festival will be held at the historic Jean Carlo Stephenson auditorium in downtown Huntington, WV. This year, there are four categories, student, music video, short and feature length.
Official selections for the 2024 Appalachian Film Festival will be screened during the festival.
The prescreening committee is made up of university students, artists and community activists who watch the entries. The committee will consider, story, cinematography, filmmaking and personal Appalachian connection. This committee will watch all the films to determine which will be screened.
Jurors will decide which films receive first, second and third place in each of the categories (music videos, short, feature-length and student films). Each of these winners will receive a Blenko Glass Appy. “Best in Fest” can come from any of the four categories. The winner of “Best in Fest” will receive a Blenko Glass Appy. Blenko is a glass factory that has been in operation in WV for over 100 years, making one-of-a-kind collectable art made from glass. Awards will be given at the end of the evening of April 27, 2024.
Any student wishing to submit to the Appalachian Film Festival can submit for free, simply provide a proof of enrollment at any scholastic institution. First, second and third place awards will be given to student films, and student films will not be considered for placement in the music video, short or feature length categories, but all student films are considered for the “Best in Fest” award. Student submissions are free, however if a student wishes to submit under a different category, so as to be judged under that category, they may do so, but will need to pay the submission fee.
The other three categories, music video, short (40 minutes or less) and feature-length (41 minutes or more) will be judged against the other submissions from the same category, and all submissions, regardless of category, will be considered for the “Best in Fest” award.
Entries submitted to previous Appalachian Film Festivals are not eligible.
Appalachia is a geographical region, but also a lifestyle and a subculture. Please include with your submission your film or film crew’s connection to Appalachia.
Due to the number of films submitted, not all films will be screened. Films that are screened at the festival will be Official Selections. The prescreening committee will look for evidence of individualized participation within the medium, sensitivity in regards to the content of the film and an appreciation of creativity.