The first ever Great Western Catskills International Film Festival will be held in town of Andes, New York for one weekend this fall. Come experience the best in independent film from all over the world, sample local food & drink at our screening venues and mix with the filmmakers at nightly parties.

Awards will be given out in the form of custom, locally-made trophies for all of the main categories as well as a few specific specialty awards TBA.

The Great Western Catskills International Film Festival is open to all filmmakers, around the world. Films submitted must not have already had commercial distribution. Entries may be only entered as an online screener.


Entrant agrees to grant Film Festival permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed, in whole or in part, for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.


By submitting a work for consideration, entrant hereby grants the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights: To curate and assemble the Work into programs to be exhibited and publicly-performed during the Festival; To compile the Work into format groupings (e.g., short, animation, documentary) on a DVD or Blu-ray, or appropriate media file for projection; To exhibit and publicly-perform portions of the Work, as selected by the Festival, on the Festivals website(s) and social media for promotion; To use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Works director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media now or hereafter known throughout the universe; and To use, publicly display, and publicly perform moving images and stills from the Works for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media now or hereafter known throughout the universe.


Entrant hereby indemnifies the Festival its successors, licensees, assigns, officers, directors, employees, and any representatives thereof, against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or damages (including reasonable attorneys fees) incurred by reason of the breach of the foregoing representations and warranties.


Will the festival, its organizers, employees, officers, directors sponsors, or participating organizations be liable to the entrant or any other party for: (1) damage to or loss of the work or any other materials submitted to the festival; or (2) any incidental, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or punitive damages of any kind (including, but not limited to, lost revenues or profits) arising from or relating to the work, including, but not limited to, exhibition delays, regardless of whether the festival was advised, had other reason to know, or in fact knew of the possibility thereof. The festivals aggregate liability for direct damages under this agreement will not exceed the entry fee.

The Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. I hereby warrant that all consents and permissions have been obtained from all persons, actors, producers and copyright holders for the aforementioned material and all other components included in the film. I hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold the Festival and its officers and directors harmless from all liabilities, claims, demands, causes of action and damages including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs arising from any breach of this Agreement by me or the Company and any intellectual property infringement actions arising from the Film, the actors and content therein.

Two free passes to the festival are offered to each film accepted into the festival. The festival does not cover travel, lodging or meal expenses.

All information included on this submission application will be utilized in the festival program guide and the website.

The Festival reserves the right to change screening times and locations at their discretion. I acknowledge that the Festival has not tendered to me any representations or warranties regarding any screening of my film, success of my film, any prizes, awards or any other compensation.

Your film must not be available in full online or have been shown on another medium e.g. television or streaming service. If your film is opened for public on YouTube, etc. then it will be automatically withdrawn from the competition. Excerpts of your film, totaling no more than ten percent of its running time are exempted from this rule.

Promotional materials of selected films become the property of the Festival and can be used to promote the Festival and the programs of the Festival in all mediums.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival in the hills of Central NY!!! Loved Wayside Cider and the super-neat barn screening venue! Very unique and fun! Will definitely be submitting again!

    October 2018
  • Dane Elcar

    We had an amazing time up in Andes, NY at the GWCIFF. James and Lisa were so nice. We met a lot of filmmakers. Saw some awesome films. So happy that “The Pond” was part of it.

    October 2018
  • I was honored to have my film shown at GWCIFF! I only wish I could have attended as it looked like a great time. Hopefully next year! Thanks again!

    October 2018
  • Joseph Fusco

    It was a delight to be a part of the inaugural GWCIFF. I saw some amazing films and met some really great filmmakers. The venues were among the coolest I've ever been, particularly the Wayside Cider House for which they actually turned a hayloft atop a barn into a screening room. Very cool. Very punk. James and Lisa made everyone feel at home. And the town and its surrounding areas are gorgeous. I highly recommend this festival.

    October 2018
  • Lee Charlish

    I cannot comment on the event itself but it looked great and well organised. I wish I could have attended. However, the communication and information was great. I shall be entering more films and hope to attend one day! Scarecrow was screened.

    October 2018