With film screenings, panel discussions, and networking, the 3rd Annual Wheaton Film Festival is a great showcase for filmmakers from the mid-Atlantic region and for films that involve the mid-Atlantic region. Everyone is invited to come to Wheaton, MD on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:30pm.

We will have three education panels. The tentative topics are:
• Filmmaking Process - a discussion on the process of filmmaking, including pre-production, image capture, audio recording and editing.
• Entertainment Law 101 - an overview of key legal concepts for creative professionals, including option agreements, copyright, trademark, work for hire agreements & more. With John Mason, presented by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA).
• Future of Filmmaking - a discussion on drones, virtual reality, and other technological advances that affect filmmaking, how to adapt, and what we may expect for the future of filmmaking.

This event is supported in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Chuck Levin’s Music Center, Adobe Software, SAPRAC, Docs In Progress, Jungle Software, WALA, DC Shorts, DC Media Makers, DC Filmmakers, Copyright Counselors, Pro Cuts Editing, Red Giant Software, Write Brothers Software, Ledo Pizza, Unplugged, Practical Filmmaking Tour, Montgomery Parks and Final Draft Software. The WFF is produced by Arune, LLC.

Awards & Prizes

"Levin Grand Prize" - Jury Award for Best Overall Film
"Wheaton Award" - Jury Award for Best Community Story
"Kamen Grand Prize" - Jury Award for Best Student Film

Prizes provided by sponsors including Adobe Software, Final Draft Software, Chuck Levin’s, Jungle Software, Red Giant Software, Write Brothers Software, Ledo Pizza, Practical Filmmaking Tour, SAPRAC, Arune, etc.

Framed awards and certificates will also be provided.

Rules & Terms

If selected as a participating filmmaker, you MUST be able to ATTEND the Nov 10, 2017 festival.
For most categories, we will ONLY consider submissions from filmmakers living in the mid-Atlantic region -or- for films that have some connection to the mid-Atlantic region (story, subject, location, characters, etc). Most of our films come from entrants in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Filmmakers from Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and elsewhere may be considered only if they can attend the festival. If you are entering from outside the states listed above (including outside the U.S.), please explain the reason that your film is eligible for our regional festival.
Please list your local town and state of residence upon submission of your film (required*).

Filmmakers are welcome to either submit a FilmFreeway online screener or a YouTube/Vimeo Link. No other submission formats are accepted.

You may enter any film produced within the last 5 years that is 15 minutes or less in total duration. If a film is accepted, entrant will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video files in advance via shared cloud drive. All accepted filmmakers are solely responsible for any travel costs to attend the event.

After you submit, please check your FilmFreeway online account to see if your film has been received. Please don't contact us to find out if your film has been received. Check online.

4 Reviews

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    Joe Dzikiewicz

    Terrific local festival. They go out of their way to provide value for the time and effort spent. This includes great panels, terrific films, and excellent hospitality. Really, for a small festival, they pull out all the stops.

    November 2017
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    William R Coughlan

    Great local festival — small scale compared to some, but definitely growing, in no small part thanks to the unbridled enthusiasm of the organizers. Robust sponsorship thanks to a concerted effort to engage both local and national businesses. Very excited to have been a part of it!

    January 2017
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    Lauren Knapp

    This is a fantastic local film festival. The organizers are passionate about film and providing unique opportunities to local filmmakers. If you live in the area, it's definitely worth participating!

    January 2017
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    Rod Lopez

    Great fest! Great group of people.

    November 2016