Established in 2010, The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival celebrates exceptional, compelling, original and innovative works in film, video, and animation. We invite works that are truly authentic and unique, that try to push beyond convention in all genres of the moving image. The primary mission of the festival is to mission is to foster creative and artistic approaches to the cinematic arts, and to expose West Virginia University students and the surrounding Morgantown community to the world of independent filmmaking, video and animation. The festival also strives to focus attention on topical issues in contemporary culture and to draw attention to the rich and unique heritage of West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region. The WVMSFF is a creation of the Electronic Media program of the WVU School of Art and Design.

For 2018, the The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival returns for a single-day event on April 14. We invite short works (10 minutes and under) in narrative (film & video), experimental art, documentary and animation. We also seek bold and novel works by students at both the college level. In addition to these general categories, we invite works that explore the theme of “borders,” broadly interpreted.

We invite submissions to the special category this year of “borders.” It is in the concept of the border that our conflicting urgings of belonging, identity, security, rights and ownership emerge. In a world that is relentlessly fluid and evolving, borders emerge, both physical and mental, in an attempt to reassert old orders and to stave off change. Just as dreams of great walls spring forth to quell fears of cultural dissolution, so too do the less tangible boundaries of like-mindedness, belief, heritage and tribe. While these divides are not new, they do seem to be ascendant. We invite works that reflect on these issues as they manifest in contemporary culture and life.

Modest awards have been established by the festival organizers to recognize work of exceptional accomplishment. They include a $300.00 Best of Festival award, and eight $100 awards in each of the festival categories: Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Student Production, Best Young Filmmaker and Best "Borders" Theme

• Documentary Short
• Narrative Short
• Experimental
• Animation
• Thematic entry: "Borders"
• Student (College)
• Young filmmakers (under 18)

• Maximum running time of 10 minutes
• Works must have been completed after 1/1/2016
• Please include English subtitles with all non-English narrative entries.
• Maximum of 2 entries per person.

• General: $10
• College Student: $5
• Young filmmakers (Under 18): Free

Overall Rating
  • This festival was well organised and the venue was excellent,. Hat's off to the staff for a job well done! I missed the networking events but hope to submit again in the future. Very honored that my film won "best of show".

    July 2018
  • Excellent communication and great design of website. Thank you!

    April 2018
  • peyam shadniya

    I like your festivals.I happy my to FESTIVALS

    April 2018
  • Communication was great, lots of attention to detail, highly recommended!

    April 2018
  • Hiroya Sakurai

    There are very nice and beautiful page for explanations of works and biographies of filmmakers in the web site of this festival. The directors of festival managed the good website. It is important archive of filmmakers.This film festival was very good.

    May 2017