At World Premiere Film Awards, 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 top tier 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 category and your film will be judged against entries of similar caliber. Categories are based primarily on length and budget. Each category 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 first annual WPFA Gala will be held on July 30, 2017 at the Imagine Cinemas 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 December 31st and the winners will be announced at the end of January 2018.
Awards & Prizes
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 Short Documentary
Best Feature Documentary
Best Music Video
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 Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Musical Score
Rules & Terms
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.
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, French or Italian (or with English/French/Italian 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.