The Woods Hole Film Festival is a showcase of independent film spotlighting the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. We emphasize cinematography in the film selection process. We also promote the work of WHFF alumni both during and after the Festival. In addition to screening over 130 works over the 8 day Festival, we offer hands-on workshops geared toward both veteran and emerging filmmakers. Screenwriting competition finalists will be offered a space in the annual Writers weekend. Our year round screening series offers a second screening opportunity for Festival filmmakers. All categories are competitive. Some categories are juried. Audience awards given in all categories.

We offer audience awards and jury awards in select categories. Prizes include 1st look opportunity for distribution by Monterey Media, software, Best of Fest screenings, possible inclusion in year round series.

Filmmaker attendance strongly encouraged. Filmmaker must assist Festival in film promotion. Category, screening time, date, venue and format determination is at sole discretion of Festival. Woods Hole Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival and for promotional purposes. If accepted, filmmaker will be available to help promote the film. 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 applicant shall indemnify and hold harmless Woods Hole 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 media entered.

Once a film is selected as an official selection by the Festival, a film may not be withdrawn from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason whatsoever. Filmmaker agrees to comply with all Festival rules and requirements and abide by Festival code of conduct. An official selection offer may be revoked by the Festival if a filmmaker does not comply with all Festival rules and requirements.

Film may not screen in a non-Festival screening within 90 miles of the Woods Hole Film Festival 3 months prior and 1 month post Festival. Exceptions may apply but must be approved by WHFF in order for the film to maintain its status as an official selection in competition.

Overall Rating
  • Our experience was 5 stars all the way, though everyone is different. For us it was well worth the trip from Los Angeles to enjoy this beautiful seaside town and wonderfully warm festival. Phenomenal hospitality and communication, superb staff made us feel warmly welcome. The legendary Jon Gann was in attendance and approachable at the filmmaker's brunch, and also hosted a wonderful panel with over a dozen festival programmers. Jon's book is a great glimpse behind the curtain: Other work I had a chance to see at Woods Hole was also inspiring. I brought my mother, who is not in the industry, and she also really enjoyed it. There is an enormous number of staff and some complexity to the festival, but staff was quick to correct mistakes and very accommodating. Delightful experience, wonderful Q&A, great opportunities for filmmaker bonding and connecting with the festival world to promote the film. I wear my Woods Hole Film Festival t-shirt everywhere! :)

    December 2018
  • glenn ripps

    Great community, great festival, fantastic networking opportunities, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to.

    August 2018
  • Faith Strongheart

    Wonderful festival. Wonderful people. Excellent programming. Very supportive of filmmakers + an absolutely beautiful place to visit!

    August 2018
  • One cannot say enough great things about the Woods Hole Film Festival. If you want to totally submerge yourself in a true film environment, with panels, film lovers, filmmakers, critics, all in a gorgeous, relaxed environment with many events within walking distance of each other this is the place to go. Already missing this festival and can't wait to return!

    August 2018
  • From every client we've had screen there we've only ever heard great things. Lovely place, hospitable folk, fantastic films, superb atmosphere. We highly recommend the festival for sure!

    August 2018