The Walla Walla Movie Crush showcases America's most intoxicating blend of short cinema, from vintage filmmakers as well as fresh upstarts. We promise a flight for every fancy.


* Every submission is personally reviewed by our Artistic Director, Warren Etheredge, who has twenty years of experience on the festival circuit, the founder or co-founder of three, and programmer for many others. Warren watches over 2,000 shorts every year. Your work will be judged by the individual making the final decisions.

* Selected shorts represent the very best of current American movie-making. If your work is programmed, you know it is amongst the best of the best.

* Your selected short will be thematically programmed, packaged with other fantastic movies exploring similar content/themes. Any hour-tour long grouping will like include short narratives, doc, animation, music videos, etc. In total, these curated collections prove the whole is greater than the sum of its shorts.

* Selected finalists for top prizes — Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, Best Short Screenplay and Best Performance — will be determined by all-star juries of Oscar-winners, nominees and revered moviemakers. Past years' jurors are responsible for such movies and television series such as: CAPTAIN MARVEL, WINTER’S BONE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — FALLOUT, ALIEN, OCEAN’S 11, SCREAM, LOGAN, ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT, BRING IT ON, GLOW, PARKS & RECREATION, IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, EDITH+EDDIE, LEAVE NO TRACE, OZARK and many more.

* Selected shorts are screened at the historic, 300-seat Gesa Power House Theatre, a handsomely appointed venue with top-notch projection and sound systems.

* Should you attend, the Crush staff will treat you like royalty and family. Our goal is to celebrate every moviemaker’s talents and welcome them into the fold.

* Attending moviemakers are treated to daily, gratis Happy Hours, nightly parties and an invite-only Sunday brunch. The Electric Lounge (aka The Crush Green Room) is open all day for you to eat, drink and be cozy. These events and this pace also provide near ‘round the clock opportunities to network with fellow artists and industry guests.

* The Crush audience is committed, passionate and vocal. They will sit rapt with attention and express their affection for your work.

* A committed group of attendees we call “The Iron Ass Jury” selects an annual Audience Award winner. What separates this audience award from others is that is the only one that is determined by a jury comprised of viewers who have sat through every single screening, thus elevating the prize from popularity contest to true, absolute meritocracy.

* Walla Walla is the Napa Valley of Washington State — a lush and lovely wine region — noted for its beauty and bounty of dining and drinking options. Downtown Walla Walla is abuzz with activity and the scenic surroundings provide countless options for exploration and adventure. In fact, for early-arriving moviemakers, we will guide a Saturday morning hike that shows off the city and allows you to network in nature.

For more information, please visit and subscribe — for FREE! — to *Crushworthy*, the official, mostly monthly e-newsletter of the Walla Walla Movie Crush.

Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Student Short
Best Performance
Best Screenplay
Best Music Video
Alex Sichel Memorial Award
Beast of The Crush
Curator's Choice Award

* submissions may be no longer than thirty minutes
* submissions must have been shot in the United States or created by a citizen of the United States or by a student attending a school in the United States
* submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2022

* Please note: we define "Student" as someone who has yet to graduate from high school or completed her, his or their short before graduating high school.

Overall Rating
  • Alex Ross

    This festival was such a wonderful, unexpected surprise. Not only was the programming incredible, but I met so many other great filmmakers and formed some true lasting friendships. Warren and Nancy really pour their hearts and souls into crafting an experience that celebrates the short form and makes all the filmmakers in attendance feel seen. Once you're there, they house you, feed you, ply you with booze, and create a rarified atmosphere that will have you leaving refreshed and inspired to make more films. I can't recommend this festival highly enough, and I'm so delighted to be a part of the Crush Family.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Indeed, you are part of our #CrushFam4Eva, Alex, and we consider ourselves lucky to count you in. THE SOCIAL CHAMELEON is a splendid, big-hearted reminder that we will all find our paths forward and you are proof that stories are, most often, very accurate reflections of their tellers. You are welcome back anytime, with or without a short, Alex. You, too, Logan.

  • This is such a beautiful festival! Very well planned and the theater for the screenings is amazing. Warren and Nancy create the perfect festival environment and are every welcoming.

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Cecilia. We were honored to showcase POP TART SUGAR DIP and delighted to introduce our audience to you, a filmic force bound for a tremendous future. I know as one of the finalists for this year's Best Performance Award, you made the choice exceptionally challenging for our jurors.

  • avra fox-lerner

    Truly one of the best festivals I have attended. Warren is generous beyond belief and his and the rest fo the team's care of filmmakers and their work is staggering. In a sea of festivals that feel exhausting, competitive and hell bent on commercialization Walla Walla Movie Crush is really for the love of the form. I only hope I will be able to be able to attend with another short in 2022!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Avra, you are welcome back every year, with or without a new movie. We are ever so grateful for your contributions this summer and look forward to celebrating this coming July.

  • Dan Lior

    Thank you Walla Walla film festival!
    I was happy to discover that my film was selected for this year's festival. Even with everything going on with the pandemic the team was communicative and professional. Thank you guys!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Dan. Your rousing short doc may have happened ONLY IN TOLEDO, yet moved our movie-crushing audience in Walla Walla. Thanks for sharing DeShawn's story with the world. Sometimes, you just gotta do what needs to get done.

  • Courtney Lamb

    Great experience with dedicated, friendly staff and volunteers laser-focussed on celebrating short film filmmakers and creatives. Strong networking opportunities, passionate audience. Welcoming town with lots of restaurants.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. Courtney. I am so, so happy you and Melissa and Walter could join us for The Crush. You forgot to add that not only is ours a very passionate audience; they are also clear-eyed and sober when picking their favorites. ; )