November 9-12, 2022

2022 will mark the twelfth 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.

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. Films are screened at the historic Gerold Opera House in the charming small town of Weyauwega, Wisconsin.

We award cash prizes to the best jury selected films in five categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short & the Bloch Award for Best of Psychofest.

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. WIFF also hosts filmmaker forums, events and parties.

Horror, Sci-fi and Thrillers

Sixty years ago in 1959, the novel Psycho was written by Robert Bloch while 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, sci-fi and thrillers so send 'em if you got 'em. The best Psychofest selection receives the Bloch Award.

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 is 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 original works in film and theater.

WIFF is also made possible by assistance from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Gerold Awards and Cash prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Best Narrative Feature - $500
Best Narrative Short - $250
Best Documentary Feature - $500
Best Documentary Short - $250
Robert Bloch Award for best of Pyschofest - $250 (Horror, Thriller or Sci-Fi)

Honorable mentions for each category

1) The Weyauwega International Film Festival will present their 12th Festival from November 9-12, 2022 at the Gerold Opera House. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend.

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 12th. The first prize winner in each category will win $500 for features, $250 for shorts and Bloch Award.

4) People whose films have been selected will be notified by October 10, 2022

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. USB Drives or other media will not be returned unless a prepaid mailer or label is included.

Overall Rating
  • T. J. McIntosh

    We're proud The Gun screened at WIFF 2021. Thank you!

    September 2022
  • Iosu CowHedgehog

    It was a pleasure to take part in the festival last year. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but I got to do a Q&A online and they gave us an award. Great communication and a great experience!

    September 2022
  • Tony Hall

    Set in the coolest venue I have ever experienced for a film festival – The Historic Gerold Opera House (built in 1915) – the Weyauwega International Film Festival is an amazing and special top tier festival.
    Our Feature Film ‘Lonesome’ had been accepted into a few festivals, but none had the uniqueness of going to a small town to sit in a truly historic setting. The outside Marquee had posters of the films on display – and after the show the festival members asked the cast & crew to sign that poster as remembrance for the occasion. Ian Teal, Kathy Fehl and the festival runners have had many FAMOUS people walk through their doors, but to our relatively unknown cast & crew, they were the most welcoming and kind-hearted people to be able to enjoy the festival experience with. Their programming was top notch and showcased some of the best films that we have had the pleasure of being in a festival along with.
    ‘Lonesome’s cast and crew were awarded with the Festival Spirit Award for Feature Films upon conclusion of this amazing festival. It is an experience we will never forget.

    February 2022
  • Gilles Daubeuf

    I unfortunately couldn't come to the screenings, but my team and I are very happy to get the "Honorable Mention for Best Short Narrative Film 2021" award for our French western ("On the edge"). It is indeed an honor to receive this award from the "Weyauwega international film festival" in John Ford's country. Many thanks!

    January 2022
  • 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