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 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 and jury awards. We offer prizes annually, but they are TBD.

Due to restrictions from the pandemic, The Woods Hole Film Festival will present the 30th Woods Hole Film Festival from July 31 - August 7, 2021 as a hybrid event with both virtual and in-person special event screenings to the extent possible. In response the pandemic and the continued restrictions on public gatherings in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have worked hard to create an event that will offer all of the features and elements of the Woods Hole Film Festival, but in a virtual environment. If it is safe and possible, we may also present in-person aspects of the Festival as well during the 30th Woods Hole Film Festival. However, given the uncertainty about whether this will be possible, this determination will be made at a later date. Please check back for updates. The Woods Hole Film Festival is a signatory of the Seed & Spark 2020 Festival Survival Pledge. Filmmaker attendance strongly encouraged, whether for the virtual or in-person Festival. 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. In general, WHFF screens only films completed within a 2 year period prior to the Festival in competition, however, the Festival reserves the right program films made prior to the 2 year period at our discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Razid Season

    John Gamache is a rockstar! He coordinated the festival in a very well organized and pro way. We are honored to be part of its 2020 festival. Had Q&A, Filmmakers Chat, and many things that helped me, my film, and my team to get a break! Most of our fans who were waiting for our film to view had attended this festival virtually and got to see the film. Woods Hole was the New England premiere for our film Kaddish. I recommend this to all.

    December 2020
  • David Pierotti

    My first win - so I'm very glad I submitted. They've also done their best to create a positive experience even without a physical event to attend.

    October 2020
  • Eric Ogden

    A great experience. The staff is kind and easy to communicate with, and quick to respond to any questions. Despite having a “virtual” 2020 festival because of COVID, they did their best and even organized Zoom filmmaker discussions & Q&A, which was fun to be a part of, and they offered to connect everyone afterwards.

    September 2020
  • sarah todes

    GAMP, our short dark-comedy pilot, screened this year at the virtual (COVID year) festival and I was extremely impressed with Woods Hole's adaptability and professionalism in difficult circumstances. They responded to emails quickly and thoughtfully, and had a beautifully designed interface for the virtual festival. They did everything they could to make the event feel like a "real" festival (even sending out virtual backgrounds to for filmmakers to make it look like we were in person at virtual events) and were very warm and kind. I had heard wonderful things from several other filmmakers about this festival and was heartbroken to not be able to attend in person, but hope to make it there another year.

    August 2020
  • An absolutely superb festival in every respect. Fantastic people, incredibly well organized, wonderfully filmmaker-focused, all in an unbeatable location. We were privileged to screen at the festival in both 2020 and 2019, and while the 2019 festival was fantastic in its ability to facilitate connection and friendships with other filmmakers, the 2020 festival (necessarily held online due to covid) was a clinic in how to do an online festival well - a real model for other festivals to emulate. Absolutely a must-attend when it's in-person, and unquestionably worth participating in when it's online. Five stars!

    August 2020