*** World Premiere is a top level festival that awards in multiple categories for a single entry fee! ***

- Many Festivals are only after a money grab and charge for every Award Category. We don't!

Our mission is to level the playing field and provide an equal platform for all entries according to experience and budget. Unlike some of the festivals where films without a massive budget or publicist get lost in the shuffle, we guarantee your project will be seen and judged fairly. Our goal is to showcase and provide exposure for the very best in film making at all levels.

Simply put, you select the group and your film will be judged against entries of similar caliber. Groups are based primarily on length and budget. Each group winner will receive a beautiful WPFA certificate that you can be proud to display.

We have found that it costs an arm and a leg to get a review of your work. So we also offer an in depth review of your film for a very reasonable rate.

A little bit about us…
The World Premiere Film Awards is a quarterly festival that finishes the year with a gala theatrical event where a Best in Show winner will be determined and presented with a handsome trophy. The Third Annual WPFA Gala will be held in July 2019 in picturesque Ottawa, Canada.
The quarterly selection schedules are:
Winter Selection (January – March)
Spring Selection (April – June)
Summer Selection (July – September)
Autumn Selection (October – December)

The entry deadline for our next selection is March 31st and the winners will be announced at the end of April 2019.

Award Categories:

Best Narrative Short
Best Narrative Feature
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Documentary
Best Thriller Short
Best Thriller Feature
Best Horror Short
Best Horror Feature
Best Comedy Short
Best Comedy Feature
Best Experimental Short
Best Experimental Feature
Best Humanitarian Short
Best Humanitarian Feature
Best Musical Short
Best Musical Feature
Best Children's Short
Best Children's Feature
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Color Treatment
Best Sound Design
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Artwork
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Screenplay Short

Recognizing that it takes more than just a writer and director to make a film, we also acknowledge and award the various members of the team in several categories. Again, what separates us from many of the other festivals is that we do not charge extra for each award! Our entry fees are competitive and fair and offer several opportunities for awards.

Awards will include (as well as the above award categories):

Best 1st time Filmmaker
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Musical Score
Best Song
Best Sound

You are entitled to enter as many films as you like during a festival quarter. If an entry does not win it may be re-submitted in another quarter. We prefer online screeners for the judging process. YouTube or Vimeo links are welcome and we will accept DVDs. We also require an electronic press kit (synopsis and poster or screen grab) to post on our site. Please identify the key credits for your submission. It helps us to award your team members correctly.
An accurate Production Budget amount must be entered in your submission. If no budget is entered for Short or Feature Films, the submission will be judged in the category having the highest budget.
First-Time Filmmaker (Yes/No) must be entered.
Screenplays should be in PDF format
Project completion date no more than 2 years old
Must be in English (or with English subtitles)
Submissions for reviews must be in English or with English subtitles.
WPFA will not make your property available online
We DO accept partially completed films

Accepted entries will receive an Official Acceptance notification and after judging is completed, winners will receive a second email with their really nice certificate.
After an entry has been selected and the filmmaker notified, the film will be listed on the WPFA Facebook site as an Official Selection. After the final judging, the award winners will be listed on the WPFA Facebook site as Award Winners.

By submitting your film you agree that you own the rights to it and are responsible for the content. By submitting you are granting WPFA the right to post the name, synopsis and artwork on our Facebook site. There is no refund given if your film is not selected for the festival.

Filmmakers are allowed to use the WPFA Laurels on their winning or selected film ONLY. They can be used on posters as well as other related media.

Overall Rating
  • Can't wait for the next one.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    We look forward to your next submission, too, Tony. Thank-you

  • What a wonderful festival. I am proud to say that not only was my short screenplay "The Straight Man" selected but it won. This is such an honor. Thank you.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you so much, Paul. We look forward to your next screenplay or film.

  • Barney Thomson

    Excellent and clear communication. Thanks.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing, Barney. We appreciate the feedback. Best wishes.

  • scott martin

    Thank you World Premiere Film Awards for selecting our video PRISM as Best Music Video, we are honored!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    We are very pleased you shared your video. Thank-you

  • Agnese Pagliarani

    good communication and nice people! I've been glad i have been part of it and i'm glad i won ;)

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Well, we're glad you participated as well! :)