Established in 2010, The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival celebrates exceptional, compelling, original and innovative works in film, video and animation. Its primary mission is to help foster creative approaches to these media and to expose West Virginia University students and the surrounding Morgantown community to the world of independent filmmaking. 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 2017, we invite short works in narrative (film & video), experimental art, documentary, animation and virtual reality. We also seek bold and novel works by students at both the college level, as well as budding filmmakers and artists 18 years old and younger. In addition to these general categories, we invite works that explore the theme of “health,” broadly interpreted. We see this issue as a subtext for many of the systemic challenges we face, locally, nationally and globally. Whether we speak of personal well-being, the unravelling of the social fabric, our contentious politics or our threatened environment, the healthiness of these and other systems that provide stability to our world seems to be tenuous or faltering – sick perhaps. What remains to be seen is how and in what direction these dynamics will continue to evolve. We invite works that reflect on these issues as they currently exist or those that point in a restorative direction.

Awards & Prizes

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, Best "Health" Theme, and Best Virtual Reality Environment/Interactive Work

Rules & Terms

• Documentary Short
• Narrative Short
• Experimental
• Animation
• Thematic entry: "Health"
• Student (College)
• Young filmmakers (under 18)
• Virtual Reality Environments and Interactive Works

• Maximum running time of 20 minutes
• Works must have been completed after 1/1/2015
• 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

9 Reviews

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    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
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    Jason Harman

    Very nice theaters used, throughout Morgantown WV, with many restaurants and even a pool hall below one of the theaters.

    April 2017
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    Sofi W

    Unfortunately, I was not able to attend, but communication was great! I really hope this festival becomes even bigger with the years. With the dedicated staff, I am sure it will.

    April 2017
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    Giorgi Tkemaladze

    thanks Festival organizer especially all of the festival's founder!!

    April 2017
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    Hase & Zinser

    Great festival, great team. We fully recommend this one!

    April 2017