Established in 2010, The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival celebrates exceptional, compelling, original and innovative works in film, video, and animation. We celebrate and invite works that are truly authentic and unique, that try to push beyond standard fare and convention in all genres of the moving image. The primary mission of the festival is to celebrate, recognize and help to cultivate this attitude towards 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
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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