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 hands-on workshops geared toward both veteran and emerging filmmakers. We have two year-round screening series which offer a potential second screening opportunity for Festival filmmakers. All categories are competitive. Some categories are juried. Audience and Jury awards given in all competitive categories.

We offer audience awards and jury awards in select categories. We offer prizes annually, but they are TBD.

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Once a film is selected as an official selection by the Festival, a film may not be withdrawn from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason whatsoever.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
  • Andrew Gibson

    What an incredible festival! Set in beautiful Cape Cod in the middle of the summer, you can literally walk from the beach to the theatre, and WE DID! The programming was excellent and the staff was extremely helpful and organized. Woods Hole is a funky little town with great restaurants and great people!

    October 2019
  • Two Balloons

    We were unable to attend this year but the festival staff were really professional and the the communication was great. Thank you WHFF for having us be a part of your 28th edition.

    October 2019
  • Thiago Dadalt

    To all filmmakers out there making films that matter, Woods Hole is an awesome Festival, with wonderful people running it! I can't wait to be back soon :) Thank you for all

    September 2019
  • Unfortunately I couldn't make the festival, but the organisers couldn't have been more communicative and helpful. It's clearly a well run and professional festival, I hope to make the next one!

    September 2019
  • Mark Ward

    We very much enjoyed our first experience at WHFF two years ago, but only after having been to many more festivals since were we able to truly appreciate it on our second visit this year. The passion and attention from everyone involves from the programmers to the volunteers, the omnipresent opportunities to network and hang out and party with other filmmakers, the quality of the films themselves, not to mention the charm and beauty of Woods Hole... Don't hesitate to submit to this fest and, if you're selected, make every effort to attend.

    September 2019