November 10-13, 2021

2021 will mark the eleventh annual Weyauwega International Film Festival in Weyauwega, Wisconsin.

We are here to celebrate film and filmmaking and to bring filmmakers together from around the world to share their work with our film going public as well as with each other.

Whatever reflects your own sense of the world, of people, of the ties between people and conveys this personal sensibility to us will be valuable. At WIFF we show the work of filmmakers who are finding or at least listening for their own voice. There is no one way. We are looking for all genres of film: narratives, documentaries, features, shorts, comedies, experimental, animation, etc. Half of the films screened at WIFF are foreign language films. We will have late night screenings featuring especially eccentric or scary pictures. Our filmmakers forums are also a part of WIFF.

Sixty years ago in 1959, the novel Psycho was written by Robert Bloch will living with his wife and daughter here in Weyauwega. He was inspired by the nearby Ed Gein murders in Plainfield, Wisconsin. Hitchcock purchased the rights to the novel and sent his art designer to the area for inspiration. You can spot the places on which many of the main locations were based including the Lake Shore Motel and the Bates Mansion. Our PSYCHOFEST Friday nights feature horror and thrillers so send 'em if you got 'em. We award the Bloch Award for the best of Pyschofest.

We award cash prizes to the best jury selected films in five different categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Foreign Language Film.

WIFF encourages filmmakers to attend the festival and will provide local housing for visiting filmmakers as well as local transportation if needed. We have had filmmakers from around the world attending WIFF.

Some of our past Midwest Premieres and Features include PARASITE, THE GRIM GAME, THE LOVE WITCH, HOLY MOTORS, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW. Our 2013 pick for best documentary short, THE LADY IN NUMBER SIX won the Academy Award and our 2012 best narrative feature, WEST OF THUNDER has gone on to be awarded both the Best Film (Peace) and Best Film (Human Rights) 2012 by the Political Film Society of Hollywood, CA.

The festival will be held in the historic 1915 Gerold Opera House. The opera house features a bar as well as the Wega Bistro offering table service while screening films. A true destination festival! Set in the scenic farm country of Central Wisconsin, Weyauwega is located about 25 miles from Appleton, Wisconsin, and about 45 miles from Green Bay. The area is noted for its many lakes, cheeses and world class local beer!

WIFF is presented by Wega Arts, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to creating and exhibition original works of art in film and theater.

Gerold Awards and Cash prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Best Narrative Feature - $300
Best Narrative Short - $200
Best Documentary Feature - $300
Best Documentary Short - $200
Best Foreign Language Film - $200

Bloch Award for best of Pyschofest - Horror, Thriller or Sci-Fi

Also, honorable mentions for each category

Send an online screener through FilmFreeway or other online link:
(Dropbox, Google Drive, Vimeo, etc.) Send links to and include your FilmFreeway registration number.

We will accept DVD's or BRD's in the mail but online is preferred.

1) The application fee is non-refundable. DVD's or USB Drives will not be returned unless a prepaid mailer or label is included. By submitting you are agreeing to this and to being completely responsible for any problems which might arise due to any uncleared material (music or other) .

2) There may be distributors present but no distribution is guaranteed.

3) We will have a panel of judges. Winners will be announced on Saturday, November 14th. The first prize winner in each category will win $300 or $200 for shorts. Films submitted with a full fee waiver may not not be eligible for cash prizes.

4) People whose films have been selected will be notified by October 10, 2021

5) Submitted films will not receive a screening fee if screened at the Weyauwega International Film Festival.

6) Weyauwega International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Weyauwega International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Anne Via McCollough

    It was a real pleasure to have "Full Circle" included in the Weyauwega International Film Festival. Ian was helpful and great to work with. It was a really great experience!

    November 2021
  • Karen Coates Jerry Redfern

    It was an honor to be part of the Weyauwega festival, and to receive an honorable mention in the Documentary Feature category. Ian has created a great thing for the community, and we were especially pleased to have one of our main characters in the film (who lives near Weyauwega) invited to a TV interview and also a Q&A after the screening. Unfortunately we couldn't attend in person. We hope to do so in the future!

    November 2021
  • It was an honor to have my film, The Extinction of Up, selected for the Weyauwega International Film Festival. The team communicated well, and although I was unable to attend, I was thrilled to participate in a Q&A interview. Thank you for letting me be a part of this event.

    November 2021
  • This is a wonderful festival! Ian did such a great job of having good communication and it's incredibly clear this is a festival that truly cares about its filmmakers. Even though we weren't able to attend we felt taken care of from start to finish. Do yourself a favor and submit! Thank you Weyauwega...we look forward to screening with you soon!

    November 2021
  • Great festival. It was a honor for my film to be officially selected.

    November 2021