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 100-150 works over the 8 day Festival, we offer workshops geared toward both veteran and emerging filmmakers. Additionally, we program a year-round screening series which offers a potential second screening opportunity for Festival filmmakers. All categories are competitive with both audience and Jury awards.

We offer Audience awards, Jury awards and Directors Choice awards. We offer prizes annually, but they are TBD.

The Woods Hole Film Festival will present the 32nd Annual Woods Hole Film Festival from July 29 - August 5, 2023. Due to the unknown nature of any restrictions from the pandemic, the in-person and virtual aspects of the event will be finalized at a later date. Please check back for updates.

Filmmaker/Screenwriter attendance strongly encouraged. 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.

A film/screenplay that is submitted is in consideration until such time as the filmmaker/screenwriter receives notification from the Festival. A film/screenplay that is withdrawn prior to or post notification will not be eligible to receive a refund of the submission fee. Once a film is selected as an official selection by the Festival, a film may not be withdrawn from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason whatsoever.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.

WHFF does not pay screening fees for films in the summer festival. However, films which are selected for inclusion and participate in the summer festival program are prioritized for paid screening opportunities in our various season series.

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 prior to the Festival in order for the film to maintain its status as an official selection in competition. In general, WHFF screens films in competition that are completed within a 2-year period prior to the current Festival edition, however, the Festival may program films made prior to the 2-year period at our discretion or as a special screening.

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  • Fantastic festival at a beautiful location. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. Loved every moment of Woods Hole. Can’t wait to show our next project here!

    August 2022
  • Kate Schermerhorn

    What a fun festival!! The festival team are fantastic, and the audience was enthusiastic and appreciative. Thank you for including us, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    August 2022
  • Such a wonderful festival! I highly recommend going - the lovely little seaside town and the festival experience were both delightful. Great people, great communication, and most importantly their selection of quality films was impeccable.

    August 2022
  • Christopher Rucinski

    One of the best film festivals in the US, especially in New England! Their communication and home-stay option for traveling filmmakers was a game changer and allowed our team to fully enjoy several days in Woods Hole and the surrounding towns.

    August 2022
  • the most wonderful people, wonderful programming, wonderful location and wonderful festival

    August 2022