An IMDb Qualifying Festival
VERY IMPORTANT: All written material, i.e., screenplays, stage plays, poems, and novels, must be submitted to their respective category. DO NOT submit any written material to categories reserved for film/video, i.e., drama, Art-house, etc. doing so will get your submission rejected.
DO NOT submit film/video to screenplay or any written medium category, as it will also be rejected.
We hire professional readers/judges for all written materials, and they will not review videos.
We hire professional reviewers for videos, and they will not review written material.
Welcome to the WRPN Women's International Film Festival, where distribution and feedback opportunities abound for films made by women or films that carry subjects relating to concerns about women's issues. WWIFF is a sister festival to the Depth of Field International Film Festival, a FilmFreeway “Top 100 Reviewed” festival alumni.
Distribution: over the years, our sister festivals have sent hundreds of films and screenplays to 3 established Distribution companies who have already signed contracts with dozens of our filmmakers. WWIFF now operates with that same advantage! These distributors do not take unsolicited submissions; your top award-winning with WWIFF gets you into our private distributor review group. This is a Free Service provided exclusively to our top winners.
Don’t forget Feedback: The one element most festivals ignore.
Instead of paying submission fees and getting nothing in return, everyone who submits to the WRPN Women's International Film Festival competition (WWIFF.COM) will receive either of the two benefits:
1): your film is already competition caliber and receives ‘Official Selection’ status OR
2): you will receive a letter outlining exactly what it is about your film that is keeping it from being accepted.
Giving you the chance to make corrections to your film:
- Helps you to improve your product and its marketability
- Enhance your ability to win/be accepted at other fests besides ours.
What makes us different?......
1. Guaranteed distributor review by worldwide Motion Pictures Corporation (WWMPC.COM), Adler & Associates, and Cardinal XD, for our selected "Best of Festival" winners (Rhodium Screenplay winners-reviewed by Polaris Pictures).
2. The chance to be included in the distributor' buyer’s packets on the world film market
3. A festival that is run as a live screening festival and virtual competition: We invest in getting distributor recognition for quality films to give them a life beyond a onetime festival showing. WWIFF will live screen Best of Festival award winners only.
With us, when you get an official selection notification, it means your film, screenplay, or novel passed through the stringent acceptance process (By the selection judges), and now it's ready to go in front of the awarding judges. It doesn't mean your film is screening.
Once you receive an award notification, Best Of Festival winners will screen at our Rehoboth Beach, DE event.
WWIFF, with WRPN.TV Entertainment Network will also offer a unique OPTIONAL opportunity to show your film to a worldwide community of video fans from over 80 countries to which filmmakers would not usually have access as an optional online video exposure opportunity. This feature is available for "Best of Festival," "Best Of Show," "Outstanding Excellence," "Excellence," and even some "Exceptional Merit" winners.
4. Our founders are active Committee Members for the Universal Film and Festival Organization (UFFO.ORG), a U.K.-based non-profit founded to implement best business practices for festivals
5. Any film that is rejected receives Free feedback.
6. Free Earlybird entry of any rejected film, into WWIFF’s next season, upon completion of the suggested edits
7. $40.00 flat fee for all Student Film Entries, regardless of deadline status
8. Unique Category distinctions (Art-house Films, Alternate Media, LGBT, Webisode, Horror, Sci-fi, Tight Shorts, Loose Shorts, Dust Collector for pre-2009 films, and 13 others!)
9. Opportunities for Sub-Category Awards (cinematography, score, original concept, direction, SFX, acting, etc.)
Guaranteed distributor review by worldwide Motion Pictures Corporation (WWMPC.COM), Adler & Associates, and Cardinal XD, for our selected "Best of Festival" and "Best of Show" winners (Rhodium Screenplay winners reviewed by Polaris Pictures).
Opportunities for Sub-Category Awards include cinematography, score, original concept, direction, SFX, acting, writing, editing, and many more!
WWIFF, in cooperation with our distribution colleagues, is proud to offer a guaranteed distributor review to the top winners in these award levels in the Major categories*:
"Best of Festival Award: Presented to an outstanding entry from among the Best Of Show Winners in each production type."
"Best Of Show" selected by genre and domestic/foreign), so there will be over one BOS. BOS Documentary (Domestic), BOS Documentary (Foreign), and so on.
"Award of Outstanding Excellence"
*(Please note: If there is insufficient competition within any category, WWIFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that particular category.)
Other award levels include:
"Award of Excellence"
"Award Of Exceptional Merit"
"Jury's Choice Award"
"Award Of Merit"
"Kudos Endeavor Award"
While WWIFF is a female-focused film festival, we will also accept films produced and/or directed by men if one or more self-identifying top production members are female (including but not limited to cinematographers, producers, writers, editors, or films featuring a strong female presence on screen). We will not exclude films directed by men if the topic is significant to women and women's issues.
WWIFF is granted the right to use an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for competition at the festival for promotional purposes.
A clip of winning entries may also be streamed on the WWIFF.COM website and WRPN.TV.
The number of awards granted at any level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline. Just as entering major categories does not ensure selection or award, entering sub-categories also does not ensure selection or award; Filmmakers who enter sub-categories only (without entering a major category) may be rejected if the judges do not feel the submitted sub-category is of merit, even if the film itself is of merit and could have been award-worthy. Conversely, films may also receive awards for sub-categories written by the judges, even if the filmmaker did not submit to them.
Also, your film name will appear in the Official Selection list only if you have submitted the entire film into one of the 20 Major (full-price) Categories (films submitted for judging at reduced-rate, production value sub-categories only will not be listed).
Subscribing to our WRPN.tv mail list is highly recommended to ensure you receive award notifications and additional discounts. We are not responsible for winners missing opportunities because of failure to receive or read emails.
The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries, and there are no waivers.
DVD's WILL NOT BE RETURNED!
REFUNDS POLICY: In the event you withdraw your submission before being Officially Selected, you will receive a refund.
If you withdraw AFTER being Officially Selected, there will be NO refunds.
All our judges (selection and awarding) are paid. We don’t use unpaid volunteers.
Submissions other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.
If there is insufficient competition within any category, WWIFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation.
To ensure that each film is studied and rated individually, WWIFF has instituted a system to ensure that entries do not compete against each other but are recognized for their merits. They compete against themselves: we judge each entry on individual merits and score on an inherent value system. We want to ensure that the judges’ focus is on you when it is your turn to be evaluated, not on all the other films that are on cue: this ensures that they will not have comparisons going on in their minds when they should focus entirely on YOU.
Judges score on a performance scale, and winning entries are recognized and awarded not only for Best Of Festival and Best Of Show but also for two Awards of Excellence levels, two Awards of Merit levels, a Kudos Endeavor Award, or no award.
Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry/entries for each season; Awards of excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements, and notable achievements are recognized at the Award of Merit and 'Kudos' award levels.
Best Of Festival award is granted to one production of ANY category.
Filmmakers understand that if their film is accepted for live screening at the film/video screening festival, they grant full and unrestricted permission for WIFF to screen the film/video of the festival's choice and charge an admission fee for it the presentation of the digital video program.
The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they do not take part in receiving any funds from the Box-office proceeds, which are fully kept by the festival to help cover the overall cost of the festival presentation.
We screen only Best of Festival winners.
Our screening event is to collect audience reactions to be used by our distributors. We don't conduct after-screening networking parties or seminars.
Video interviews of the viewing audience may be conducted and shown on WRPN.tv
The Film Festival (WWIFF) reserves the complete right to change the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite being selected for screening.
The filmmaker will make available to The Festival (WWIFF) a new and pre-checked BluRay/ DVD / Thumb Drive or DCP for the actual video presentation at the festival.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless WRPN WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, WRPN.TV, and ROMAN PICTURES from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred because of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.