The 6th Annual Wheaton Film Festival, taking place November 14 & 15, 2020, is a great opportunity for filmmakers from across the world to showcase their talent and learn about the industry. Everyone is welcome to submit their films, watch screenings, and/or attend panel discussions over this two-day virtual event.

Categories for submissions include:
• General Submission- for films up to 15 minutes in length from filmmakers located anywhere.
• Student - for those filmmakers who are currently students or were students at the time of making the film.
• Montgomery County - for those films that were produced in or about Montgomery County, MD USA and/or produced by a filmmaker from Montgomery County, MD USA.

This event is supported in part by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Chuck Levin's Music Center, MakeOffices, Arune LLC, DC Filmmakers, Adobe Software, Copyright Counselors, Final Draft Software, FilmConvert, Filmstro,, Quick Film Budget, Red Giant, Studio Unknown, Write Brothers, and Clairvoyance LLC. This event is produced by Arune LLC. Our promotional partners include Docs In Progress, TIVA, Creative Edge Collaborative, WALA, and DC Media Makers.

"Levin Grand Prize" - Jury Award for Best Film in General category
"Kamen Grand Prize" - Jury Award for Best Student Film
"Wheaton Award" - Jury Award for Best Community Story in Montgomery County category

Prizes provided by sponsors including Adobe Software, Red Giant Software, Write Brothers Software, Arune, etc.

Awards and certificates will also be provided.

If you are submitting in the Wheaton category, please provide a brief explanation as to how you qualify.

If you are submitting as a Student Filmmaker, please provide the school you are attending (or attended) and your student number.


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.

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.

All accepted films MUST provide a 60 second or less recorded video introduction by the producer or director that will be shown to the audience in conjunction with the film.

Overall Rating
  • John Becker

    I was fortunate enough to have my film What They Seem screened with the Wheaton Film Festival. Everyone there was welcoming, the food from local restaurants was great, and it was informative and well run. I would definitely recommend this festival.

    November 2019
  • John Dimes

    They were wonderfully accommodating with last minute tickets, and there was a lovely, exotic assortment of food provided on the night of the event. An all round warm, friendly event and gathering. I genuinely look forward to submitting with them again.

    July 2019
  • Lance Kramer

    This festival is everything a local, hometown film festival should be. The festival places a heartfelt focus on stories about our community, created by people who live here, of all backgrounds, ability levels, and perspectives. The festival's diversity and inclusivity is exceptional, the festival organizers care deeply about the film's and festival-goers experience, and it's truly beautiful to see everyone come together to celebrate storytelling and Wheaton. Highly recommend WFF!

    May 2019
  • Barry Boss

    Great festival. Wonderful support from the organizers and really high quality films.

    May 2019
  • Sangeeta Agrawal

    I cannot say enough good things about Wheaton Film Festival. It's a very well run community based festival which welcomes films from all over. Super communicative team and a very warm welcome to all filmmakers. This was one of the most special festival screening for my short, Five O'Clock Shadow. It was a pleasure to be a part. I hope to be back with more films in the future,

    January 2019