The Wildcat Spirit Short Film Festival at Wayne State College is a great opportunity to meet other filmmakers and grow in your filmmaking skills, with the opportunity to show and discuss your film project at WSC. The festival is open to high school and undergraduate college students from Nebraska, Iowa, & South Dakota only and is free to enter and attend.

Best Short Films 5 minutes or less
Best Narrative Scripted narrative projects not to exceed 20 minutes
Best Comedy Comedic short projects not to exceed 20 minutes
Best Documentary Documentary films not to exceed 20 minutes
Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Films with Sci-Fi / fantasy themes. These films may also be entered in narrative and / or horror.
Best Horror Films with horror themes. These films may also be entered in narrative and / or Sci-Fi.

Best Overall High School Film
Best Overall College Film
Grand Jury Winner

Only student films produced by either a high school, undergraduate college, or vocational school students in Nebraska, Iowa, or South Dakota will be accepted.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. Wildcat Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the festival, but the festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the festival.

Each official selection will require the following:

Full cast and crew list.
Film synopsis: 120-word logline/synopsis of the film and a 20-word logline/synopsis of the film. Short films are only required to provide the 20-word logline.

Stated submitter will be considered the contact person for the film and thus will be the only one receiving emails and information regarding the status of the film's acceptance in the festival.

Notification of Entry Status: Filmmakers will be notified by later than April 1 as to whether or not their film has been officially selected. Upon acceptance, you will receive an email verifying your acceptance.

Overall Rating
  • Philep Willey

    Our school brought students to the 2023 festival. This is an amazing festival for high school students. The WSC film program had sessions and events for the students the entire day from 8am to 8pm. I can't say enough how amazing the WSC film students, special speakers, and Dr. White were with the students! Highly recommend.

    April 2023
  • While we were unable to attend, they were extremely friendly and communicative when we had questions. We were elated to win an award and hope more people apply for this festival in the future: we certainly will!

    April 2019
  • Enjoyed meeting fellow filmmakers, although it did seem a bit drawn out and ran longer than expected. I would prefer a tighter schedule that took less time.

    August 2018
  • It was a great day of workshops and showings!

    April 2018
  • This is a really professional film festival. They communicated the whole time and sent constant info and updates.
    Thanks for a great experience.

    April 2018