Cut To The Chase Film Festival is a short film festival hosted In Shepherdstown, WV , a vibrant intersection of art, theater and film on the Potomac River. Our goal is to produce an annual short film festival that encourages people to engage their artistic desire, to share their imagination, opinions and vision within the framework of the Cut to The Chase Film Festival guidelines.

Submit your movie and be a part of this up and coming Mid Atlantic Film Festival. We might be young, but we are fun and exciting. Kick off the event at our Premiere party. Meet other filmmakers, enjoy local food and drink. If you make the cut your film will be screened by our panel of judges from the film community and the audience. Prize money and trophies will be awarded. Wrap Party to follow. Fan Fave will be awarded on Sunday afternoon. All films will be screened at the Historic Shepherdstown Opera House, home of the first taking movies in WV. Owned and operated by the 2014 WV Filmmaker of the Year, Lawrence Cumbo.

Our rules are simple. 8 minutes or less, including title and credits. Must include the Key Element* “KISS"'
Shoot on any device and download here. No worries all rules are listed in big letters, no fine print. Remember, Its all about the story, your story!

* The Key Element is used as a time stamp to indicated that your film has been made for this years festival.

Awards & Prizes

Best Film
Fan Fave
Custom Designed Trophies by Local Artists will be awarded

Rules & Terms

Entry Fees:
Early Deadline: June 20 - $20.00
Regular Deadline: July 20 - $25.00
Late Deadline: August 10 - $30.00

All films must be 8 minutes or less including title and credits.
All films must feature the Key Element “KISS” within the film as image, gesture or spoken word.
All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.
All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

All films (national and international) may be submitted into two categories:

C2C Short Films – Filmmakers any age over 19. Films will be selected for the Official Screening during the festival.

Student Films – Filmmakers ages 13-18
Student Films will be showcased on Sunday afternoon at the one o’clock screening. Winning film will be featured in the C2C Film Festival Official Screening presented throughout the festival. Award for student film will be presented separately and will not be eligible for “Best Film”.
Note: Public Service Announcements, Commercials and film trailers are not eligible for consideration in any category.
Awards & Opportunities
Festival Awards – Winner of Best Film, which is selected by three judges from the film community on Saturday evening, and will receive a cash prize for $500. Winning of “Fan Fave” will be announced on Sunday Afternoon and the winner will receive a cash prize for $250. Both winners will also receive a custom designed trophy created by local artist Bradley Sanders.

Submission Process
Online Application: Must be completed online no later than midnight EST August 10, 2017.

Film Submission:
Preferred Methods:
• Online Link: FilmFreeway our submission site, will accept links to Vimeo and or YouTube videos for your submission. Please make sure that you enter details for Overview/Credits/Specifications as they apply to your film.
• Films can either be submitted through Dropbox or by mail. If you wish to upload via DropBox, please email us with "C2C2017" in the subject line to get more info. C2cfilmfestival@Gmail.Com
Payment. Payment must be made at time of submission during the online application process.
International Submissions. International entrants who do not pay online must use an international money order payable to C2CFilm Festival.
Film Stills. Provide us with a film still that is a minimum 300dpi and high quality. A film still should be from the film itself and draw viewers in and make your film look appealing
Synopsis. The 3-line synopsis you submit when filling out your online application will be used in the festival guide, on the C2C website and for other promotions, so write an interesting, compelling description of your film. C2C reserves the right to edit the synopsis for length and grammar.
Notification. If your film is selected to be part of C2C Film Festival 2017, you will be notified via email on August 15, 2017. You will also be notified by email if your film is not selected. Please make sure that you notify us if your email changes, and add C2Cfilmfestival to your safe sender email list.
Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release
I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to C2C and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution.
I grant permission to C2C to use film clips/stills for promotional use. I allow C2C and any third parties at C2C the right to film, videotape and photograph my appearance and voice for any and all marketing and promotion of the festival.
Submitting a film to C2C constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged Filmmaker, and C2CFilm Festival. By submitting, I agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. I acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. I also acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation for the use of my film by C2C in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.
I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on my behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.
If the movie has major technical issues, we may not be able to judge it, but we will contact you so that you can correct the issue in order to screen it.

We would prefer that you to do not show your film online publicly until after the C2C Film Festival screening. Feel free to post a trailer or teaser to your movie to get people excited. We will be happy to showcase your trailer or teaser on our Facebook too.

Please put “Made for C2C Film Festival” somewhere in your credits of your entry and all future screenings. Official Laurels will be award to films that are selected to screen at the festival.

Accepted filmmakers are strongly encouraged to promote their films and we would love to have you attend the festival.

2 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Justin Litton

    I have attended Cut to the Chase Film Festival for the last three years and it has quickly become my favorite film festival in the state. The festival producers, Natoma and Bill, are both passionate about supporting the arts and in making the festival a warm and inviting experience. Looking forward to next year!

    September 2017
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    Pierre GAFFIÉ

    A very good festival. Good selection of films curated in a very tight and ambitious way. Though I didn't attend with my film ("20 meters of love in Montmartre"), I met Bill Veldran in Pennsylvania and I can tell he's a great cinephile and very passionate about filmmakers and the C2C festival...

    July 2016