Join KWCFilmFest in 2020 for the second year of this festival that celebrates filmmaking by screening imaginative short films & series, helping network filmmakers with different skills, and sharing knowledge in various film disciplines. Submissions are open to filmmakers of all types, experience and budgets. We welcome submissions from students and professionals.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is located in Owensboro, Kentucky, a thriving city nestled on the banks of the Ohio River just 40 minutes east of Evansville, Indiana and less than two hours from both Nashville, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky; and just three hours from both St. Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana.

KWC earned a #8 ranking in 2017 from U.S. News & World Report as a Best Regional College in the South, along with a #3 ranking in the South in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which measures academic quality compared to cost of attendance.

* Best Screenplay – Short Film
* Best Screenplay – Series
* Best Directing – Short Film
* Best Directing - Series
* Best Cinematography – Short Film
* Best Cinematography - Series
* Best Sound - Short Film
* Best Sound - Series
* Best Student Short Film
* Best Movie or Series Poster
* The SciFi Pulse Award (for best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror film/series) - Winner and two runner-ups will be featured on the entertainment news website SciFi Pulse.
* Audience Choice Award (Given to the film that receives the most number of votes during the festival.)


1. We accept both short films and short-form series. Short-form series (which might also be called a web series, digital series, webisodes, etc.) can be one episode or a combination of episodes adding up to no more than 31 minutes.

2. All submissions must be under 31 minutes.

3. Your film or series should not have been released in film festivals or online before January 1, 2019.

4. There is no premiere requirement. For films/series in premiere, please let us know so we can work to help promote those films/episodes making their first public screening during our festival.

5. Projects may originate from anywhere in the world.

6. Film content should not be of a pornographic nature. Nudity/Strong Language is permissible.

7. What is considered a Student Film?: Short films that have been shot, directed and produced by college/university students or high school students. Please provide proof of eligibility (student ID) upon submission.

8. Publicity: Images, trailers, and still images may be used in festival programs and publicity materials, including for use by media.

9. If you have any questions on whether your project meets these requirements, feel free to reach out to us.

Overall Rating
  • Mary McGloin

    Tech Bettys was thrilled to be part of the festival! Even though it was virtual, it felt like a real community. I really enjoyed the content and panels! We were honored be there there alongside other great content! Excellent communication and exposure. Thank you!

    December 2020
  • David Busch

    When my film "Blake" was accepted to the festival, I had intended to drive there from Iowa and attend in person - but 2020 had other ideas! Still, Marx and Tamara did a stellar job putting on the fest as an online event, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the other films and chatting with my fellow participants. I will absolutely submit again next year!

    November 2020
  • Thank you so much for everything! Thankful for the selection in a difficult year !!

    November 2020
  • 2020 was a trying year for film festivals. KWC Film Fest did what they could to still make sure films were seen and engaged with, via a virtual Film fest! This showed their tenacity and willingness to go above and beyond. We could not have been more pleased with this festival!

    November 2020
  • Excellent festival - very professional and personable. I wish I could have attended the screening and am honored that my film was chosen for the line up this year!

    April 2019