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

Most Festivals are interested in a money grab and charge for each Award Category.
It takes many talented people to make an excellent film but you can't afford to pay an entry fee for each member of your team.
For one entry fee, we will consider all the roles on your project and award as many as are deserving.

We also want to level the playing field and provide an equal platform for all entries. 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.
To do this, we group films based on length and budget. Films with similar length and budget are evaluated together. So we do ask that you provide an approximate budget for your short or feature film.

All winners 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. To request a review, choose Review in the appropriate length and type.

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 Fifth Annual WPFA Gala will be held in July 2021 in the Los Angeles area.

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 2020.

There are 2 tiers of awards. The first tier is for the film itself and will be awarded to the Director. This tier includes:
Best Short under $5K
Best Short under $15K
Best Short under $25K
Best Short over $25K
Best Feature under $25K
Best Feature under $250K
Best Feature under $500K
Best Feature over $500K
Best Documentary Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Screenplay Short
We also award by genre in this tier. For example, Comedy, Thriller, Humanitarian, ...
To be considered for the first tier awards, choose Tier 1.

The second tier of awards is for cast and crew. A film can win any number of awards in this tier. The second tier awards include:
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Color Treatment
Best Sound Design
Best Director
Best 1st time Filmmaker
Best Original Score
To be considered for the second tier awards, choose Tier 2.

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
  • ben darkwa

    Great festival. Highly recommend it

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot, Ben. Nice to hear from you.

  • This is a truly wonderful festival that has a laudable mission and follows through with personal communications that are prompt and courteous. It is clear that the organizers truly care about their participants and seek to honestly weigh the work on a sensible playing field. This is a boon for independents with a roster of excellent submissions. We were delighted to have been given a Silver Award for our documentary, "Richard Wilbur -- Keeping the Difficult Balance".

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Ralph, for taking the time to read and consider what we are trying to do. And well done! Richard Wilbur is a very enjoyable documentary.

  • We were very excited to start off the new year with notification that our short, "The Request," not only became an official selection but won an award for Best Comedy Short! WPFA were very responsive when we had questions and they made the entire notification process, updates and access to laurels stress-free. We can't wait to hear details about the main event in July 2021 and are glad to be part of this festival. Highly recommend!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for taking the time to review. Congratulations and best of luck.

  • Maria Forslin

    Great film festival, I highly recommend it!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Maria. We did enjoy Break of Day and found it very well done.

  • Gary Bell

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter this festival. We are humbled and honored that you chose our film GAME OVER as a award winner. Best Crime Drama feature
    I highly recommend this festival...Gary. Bell director.

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations to you and your team. Thank-you for your review.