2017 will mark the seventh annual Weyauwega International Film Festival in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. In 2016 WIFF screened over forty Films from 17 countries over four days.

Some of our past Midwest Premieres include THE LOVE WITCH, HOLY MOTORS, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW, BUCKY AND THE SQUIRRELS. 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.

We award cash prizes to the best jury selected films in six 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 including such faraway places as Alaska, London and Japan!

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 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. More than half of our films are foreign language films. We will have late night screenings featuring especially eccentric or scary pictures. Film workshops and filmmaker forums are also a part of WIFF.

Weyauwega is located about 25 miles from Appleton, Wisconsin, and about 45 miles from Green Bay.

The festival will be held in the historic 1915 Gerold Opera House. We have excellent 35mm and Digital projection as well as digital surround sound. The opera house seats over 350 and we also have our own bar for great after screening parties!

Fifty years ago: Psycho was written by Robert Bloch here in Weyauwega. Hitchcock sent his art designer to this area and you can spot the places on which many of the main locations were based including the Lake Shore Motel.

The area is noted for its many lakes, cheeses and world class local beer!

Awards & Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Best Narrative Feature - $400
Best Narrative Short - $200
Best Documentary Feature - $400
Best Documentary Short - $200
Best Foreign Language Film - $200

Rules & Terms

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 will not be returned unless a prepaid mailer 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 12th. The first prize winner in each category will win $400 or $200 for shorts.

4) People whose films have been selected will be notified by October 12, 2017.

5) 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.

6 Reviews

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    Artie Romero

    This festival team does a terrific job putting this event on, and always has! The location is a sweet setup for a comfy, fun film festival, a great little town and a fabulous theater. Recommended!

    January 2018
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    Melonie Gartner

    It was one of the best film festivals that I had the opportunity to attend. Great lineup at a gorgeous venue. Great hospitality. I look forward to another festival at Weyauwega.

    November 2017
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    Michael Brown

    What a great experience! My first film, "Haunted State: Whispers from History Past" screened in 2015. Awesome little town! Friendly People!

    March 2017
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    Rufat Asadov

    Good concept, large audience, high quality. Very very good!
    Thanks for everything : nice festival!!!
    Lovely and professional. I would recommend other film makers to apply.

    November 2016
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    Russell Emanuel

    Great festival, was very happy being accepted to it!

    November 2016