The WVIFF is committed to showcasing the amazing talent from within our state, whether it is the West Virginia-grown popcorn sold in our movie theater, West Virginia artists who design our t-shirts, or, of course, the films made by, about, and in the Mountain State.
Every month, for at least the first two Wednesdays of the month, the WVIFF showcases a film with ties to the state. From documentaries, horror, comedies, and everything in between, this is a chance to show off the great films with ties to our home. Submissions for West Virginia Wednesday are for any of the months remaining in 2019.
All of the West Virginia-connected films we have shown at the Underground Cinema in 2019 will be considered for the Pammy Award, in the Spring of 2020, held at the WVIFF’s annual Oscar Party!
This series is curated by West Virginia filmmakers Tijah Bumgarner, Justin Litton and Elaine Sheldon with support from WVIFF board member Emmett Pepper.
In the spring of 2020, the best film from the 2019 calendar year will be awarded the first ever Pam Haynes Prize for Excellence in West Virginia Filmmaking ("Pammy").
What is the Pammy Award?
The Pamela Haynes Award for Excellence in West Virginia Filmmaking (“Pammy”) is a new, annual award given by the WVIFF. Pam Haynes is the former Executive Director of the (now-defunct) West Virginia Film Office and former Executive Director and Board President of the WVIFF. Each year at our Oscar Party, the WVIFF will award the Pammy, as selected from the previous year’s best West Virginia-connected films shown at the Underground Cinema.
To help determine the "best" films, the audience votes at the end of the screening on a 1-5 scale.
West Virginia Wednesdays only applies to films that meet one or more of the following:
* was directed by someone who has lived in West Virginia for 4 or more years, or currently lives in West Virginia and has lived here for more than a year.
* was written by someone who has lived in West Virginia for 4 or more years, or currently lives in West Virginia and has lived here for more than a year.
* was produced by someone who has lived in West Virginia for 4 or more years, or currently lives in West Virginia and has lived here for more than a year.
* stars someone who has lived in West Virginia for 4 or more years, or currently lives in West Virginia and has lived here for more than a year, and has more than four speaking lines.
* was shot in West Virginia.
* was edited in West Virginia
* has one or more connections to West Virginia not described above.
You must describe the film’s connection(s) to West Virginia in a sentence or two in your submission. Only films that were first released within three years of submission will be considered.
The West Virginia Wednesdays series is a competition for an award, which includes a cash value. Therefore, while the WVIFF will charge admissions to the film, only winning films will result in payment to the filmmakers/distributors. By submitting your film for this series, you agree to this arrangement.
The WVIFF will consider any submission type, but has a strong preference for electronically-submitted formats that are playable on a computer. We do not accept DCP submissions.