The WINDRIDER STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (WISFF) honors emerging student filmmakers whose independent voices reflect the human condition with creativity and respect.

Formerly the ANGELUS STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (which MovieMaker magazine called "best bet for student moviemakers,") WISFF boasts a world-class alumni that have gone on to win multiple Oscar, Emmy, Peabody and Sundance nominations, awards and recognition.

Live action shorts (drama, comedy, narrative, etc.,) and documentaries with universal themes that resonate with everyone. Themes such as REDEMPTION, RESILIENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, FREEDOM, SACRIFICE, SPIRITUALITY, DIGNITY, TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT and PURPOSE. We want your original, entertaining and unique perspectives.

The emphasis is on STORY.

WISFF offers generous cash prizes, expense-paid trips to the Sundance Film Festival for the winners, visibility and unique opportunities making it one of the most sought after prestigious student film festivals worldwide. Past winners have had their films showcased in Rome, Milan, Tuscany, London and Prague as well as numerous US venues.

WINDRIDER offers visibility for the emerging artist, and practical career-making advice and mentorship. From introductions to potential executive producers and investors, to exposure to the industry via networking opportunities and events, WISFF creates an arena in which future collaborations among filmmakers can flourish. WINDRIDER has had a hand in fostering many a film and launching more than a few on their paths in the industry.

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$10,000 Grand Jury Prize
$10,000 Best Documentary
$10,000 Cinematic Storytelling

All winners receive expense-paid trip to Park City during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
All winners receive Write Brothers SCREENWRITER software.

More prizes to be announced.

All college, university, film school, community college, undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to enter. If you have a question about eligibility or your school, please email us. We are notorious for answering.


Films should be completed no earlier than Jan 2013.

All non-English language films must have English subtitles. (who dubs anymore, right?)

A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each film.

All films must be submitted and paid through FilmFreeway or

Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Because incomplete stuff drives us cr

And if full payment/entry fees are not included (oops) or a working online screener (check the URL, people) by deadline date, sadly, it will not be accepted.

Payment can be made by credit card, check or money order payable in U.S. dollars to WINDRIDER INSTITUTE.

The filmmaker will be responsible for bank fees associated with any check returned by the bank as unpaid.

No screening fees attached to the film.

The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.

Please send a self addressed stamped envelope if you want your DVD/film returned.

Short films and documentaries are accepted via Region 1 or Region 0 DVD or a link to a video file on VIMEO or YOUTUBE. All streaming submissions should be HD (720p or 1080p). If the quality of the link does not make your project look its Sunday best, we will ask you to send us a DVD of your film.

WINDRIDER is not responsible for broken or incorrectly submitted URLs.

Sorry, no refunds for entries with incomplete materials or incorrect formats submitted.

MATERIALS CHECKLIST (because we heart check lists.)

Your film. DVD (Region 0 or 1) labeled with title, filmmaker name, filmmaker email address, contact number, run time and FilmFreeway submission number.

Link (for short films only) – if you didn't send DVD - to a truly functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected don't forget to give us the password!

Complete and digitally sign submission on FilmFreeway.

Entry fee.

Optional - self-addressed stamped postcard for us to say WE GOT IT!

Optional - self-addressed stamped padded envelope for us to return your DVD.

Twitter handle, Facebook name, website info, instagram - any social media info you want us to have.

Each entry goes through a comprehensive judging process, and is screened by at least three first round jurors before proceeding to the semi-finalist round. Semi-finalists will be comprised of the top 10% of the entries, unless otherwise stated. Finalists will be selected based on artistry, theme and excellence with an emphasis on story. Entries will then proceed to the Festival Juries for selection of winners. Uncork the champagne.