Woodengate International Film Festival is based in the beautiful Maramures County, a place full of culture and where century-old traditions are still part of daily life.

WGIFF is an online film festival with live screenings whose aim is to showcase and promote the work of short film enthusiasts,emerging and established filmmakers from all over the world and help them receive recognition.

The festival runs in 2 semesters, selections being made every 6 months. We accept short films of every genre. Films entered in multiple categories are eligible to win several awards.

Screenings will take place in various locations of the Maramures County such as Baia Mare - Candidate City For The European Capital Of Culture 2021 , Sighetul Marmatiei and other pittoresque places located in the Maramures.

The winner of Best Short Film and all other awards will get an official printable award certificate. The number of awards given every season varies based on the submissions we receive. In order to consider an Award Category eligible, we require an amount of minimum 5 official selections per category. There will be 5 Nominations for the ‘BEST SHORT FILM’ Award, and three for each ‘Category’/’Individual’ award.Winning films are announced on our website and our social media page.


Silver Award

Bronze Award

Individual Awards
Best Director

Best Screenplay

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Editor

Category Awards

Best Documentary

Best Experimental

Best Animation

Best Music Video

Best Web Shorts

You are entitled to a maximum amount of two entries during a festival semester(6 months) and the entry will be considered eligible in the next semester only if the film was not awarded in the previous edition. The prize money comes only with the Best Film Award and the winner won't be able to present his/her beautiful film in our next festival semester. In order to consider an Award Category eligible, we require an amount of minimum 5 official selections per category.Entry fee is not refundable.

We only accept short films (any genre, maximum 35 minutes of length).

Producing a high quality video is critical to ensure a good viewing experience.Only films in HD standard are accepted.

Only digital submissions via FilmFreeway are accepted,hardcopy submissions are not eligible.

Every film must come with English subtitles .

Disclaimer & Rights

By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your piece of work can be embedded on our website. The filmmaker/institution submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they provide. By submitting, the filmmaker allows Woodengate IFF to create a page for their film without infringing copyright of any kind of form.

Overall Rating
  • Kitoko Terra

    I am deeply honoured to participate and win the award of best experimental short movie in the Woodengate Film Festival with my movie (LA) FUREUR DE VIVRE.
Simply great festival and very dedicated team.
I highly recommend it to all filmmakers.

    January 2023
  • Éric PINÉDA

    It was an honor to participate and win 3 awards (best short film, best director and best actress) in the Woodengate Film Festival.
    Great communication and great festival.
    I highly recommend it to all filmmakers.

    July 2021
  • It was a real honor to receive a special mention for my short ISOLATION. Such a prestigious festival deserves great attention. It will definitely become my fixed stop for every next film.

    July 2021
  • Super happy to be one of the finalists for Best Music video in 2021. This Festival is a great value for indies.

    July 2021
  • Paul Foster

    It was a huge Honor to be selected for this festival. Great all around experience.

    August 2020