Westside Film Festival, a three-day event highlighting the work and projects of local, national, and international filmmakers.. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this first-annual festival held in Bay City, MI.


The Westside Film Festival will feature three segments at the Westown on historic Midland Street with Feature Films, Short Film, or Series.

The best films of each category will go on to compete for the festival awards, which will be handed out in various categories.

We will be conducting self taped interviews and Q & A's with participating filmmakers.

In addition to certificates and laurels, winners will also receive invitations to to be placed on our VOD platform.

The first-place winner of the annual festival will receive a cash prize to be determined.

By submitting your film each entrant agrees to have their film shown and must have all permissions necessary for entering their film.
- Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

- Entries must be submitted via Filmfreeway and include a working screener accessible for download via FilmFreeway in order to be considered.

- We prefer high-resolution screeners. If submission is unable to be encoded for our platforms it will be disqualified.

- Films selected for screenings will be notified via email.

- Entry Fee paid via FilmFreeway (No Refunds)

- A working screener that is accessible for download via your film’s profile on FilmFreeway. We welcome works in progress, trailers, reels, and all lengths and genres for film consideration. If submission screener is missing or inaccessible due to a missing or inaccurate password, quality, or no download link we cannot guarantee that your film will be considered.

- The filmmaker has read and understood the rules and regulations and to the best of their knowledge, all statements are true. The filmmaker is duly authorized to submit this film to the Westside Film Festival.

- WSFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.

- All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the WSFF staff.

- Upon submission, the filmmaker consents to allowing their screener material to be shared in its entirety with appropriate WSFF staff, including programming staff, volunteer screeners, and other appropriate members of staff; shared with press outlets in efforts to secure press for the film; with final jury members; and with select individuals representing community partners who may be interested in supporting the film’s screening or taking part in a Q&A associated with the film.

-The festival is hereby also granted the right to utilize image(s) and/or biographical information of the filmmakers for promotional purposes. The festival reserves the right to fill in any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

- The Festival shall also have the right to place films selected on it's online and OTT/VOD platforms. Furthermore Filmmaker agrees that WSFF has the right to create custom artwork for films placed on its platform and Filmmaker shall receive a copy to promote their film if they so choose. WSFF maintains rights and ownership into all artwork created by WSFF in connection with your submission(s) and grants filmmaker a promotional license as stated above for the course of the Festival.

- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. The filmmaker shall indemnify and hold harmless WSFF 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 videos entered.

- WSFF does not pay screening fees or guarantee travel or distribution for filmmakers.

- By submitting, the filmmaker expressly acknowledges and agrees that they shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

- All submissions are final. No refunds are provided in any circumstance. Once submitted, if selected, a film cannot be withdrawn from the competition.

- The decisions of the Selection Committee (for the Official Selection) and of the Jury members (for the awards and cash prizes) are final and non-negotiable.

-Filmmaker agrees that films may stay posted on our platforms after winners have been selected.

General Agreement:
I have read all of the Rules for submitting material to the Westside film Festival.
I understand them and will comply with these rules. Furthermore I understand that these rules may change at any moment with or without my consent or notification. I warrant the submission of my original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I fully indemnify the Westside Film Festival and its affiliates against any claim made for such violations of law.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. I understand that failure to adhere to the Westside Film Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any entry fee.

Westside Film Festival reserves the right to use clips from accepted entries, up to two (2) minutes in length and trailers for publicity purposes. I agree to the Westside Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgements, liabilities, and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims by third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted by myself to the Festival. Once submitted, I agree to the Festival screening my film at a time and date of the Festival’s choosing during the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you Tarpon Arts Film Festival for selecting our children feature film "Buchcha". And also thanks for excellent communication by your side.

    August 2019
  • Dave Tabar

    Lovely local inaugural film festival in a great venue, professionally run with excellent communication. Our short film did very well, with a large, sold-out and appreciative audience which allowed us Q&A. Tough, however having a low-budget short film compete against much larger budget feature films. Suggest a separate category for shorts competition at future festivals. Enjoyed the festival, the town and its history!

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    I believe you are correct about separate awards for shorts and longs. Also was suggested that we have awards for script; cinematography;sound;direction, etc.