Welcome to the WRPN.TV Short, Tight and Loose global film festival competition (WSTL), an online venue for shorts only (INCLUDING WEBISODES/TV SERIES!), in association with DOFIFF.COM.
We have exclusive, guaranteed distributor review by Adler & Associates (est. 1999) and others AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU, for our select few "Best Of Show" and "Outstanding Excellence" award winners.
Unlike other festivals, we require NO FEES OR CONTRACTS to be signed FOR THIS FREE AND EXCLUSIVE service!
WSTL, in conjunction with WRPN.TV Entertainment News, may also offer a unique opportunity to 'expose your shorts' to a world-wide community of video fans from dozens of countries that filmmakers would not normally have access to, in the form of an optional On-Demand video play opportunity. On-Demand will be available later this year for “Best Of Show,” “Outstanding Excellence,” “Excellence,” and even some “Exceptional Merit” winners, so don’t miss this chance to get in early and reap financial rewards for all your hard work.
We also offer access to Feedback: The one element most festivals ignore.
Instead of paying submission fees and getting nothing in return, EVERYONE who submits to WSTL will receive ONE of these two benefits: Either 1): your film is already competition calibre, and gets accepted to compete, OR 2): you will receive a letter outlining exactly what it is about your film that is keeping it from being accepted upon request.
First time filmmakers: when have you ever gotten a letter back from a festival giving you the chance to fix something and RESUBMIT FOR FREE?
Giving you the chance to make corrections to your film does 3 things:
-It gives you the chance to improve your product and make it more marketable.
-It will enhance your chances of winning/being accepted AT OTHER FESTIVALS BESIDES OURS. That's more 'Official Selection' laurels for YOU.
-It will give you forethought for your NEXT filmmaking endeavor, helping you to improve your craft (feedback letters also list the GOOD elements in your film that you should make an effort to keep).
What Makes Us Unique:
1. WSTL's co-founder is registered Committee Member for the Universal Film and Festival Organization (UFFO.ORG), an international non-profit based in the U.K., founded to support/implement best business practices for film festivals
2. All Official Selections/Winners may have the opportunity to ‘expose their shorts’ exclusively on the WRPN.TV Entertainment Network next to Hollywood celebrity interviews, on a developing On-Demand basis (OPTIONAL).
3. Any film that is rejected will receive a personal letter upon request explaining what elements caused the rejection (unlike other fests who never give any explanation at all).
4.There are also opportunities for other awards, such as Awards Of Excellence, Awards Of Merit, and SUB-CATEGORY AWARDS, such as best cinematography, original theme song, script, concept creativity/originality, direction, special effects, research, lead actor/actress, best supporting actor/actress, etc.
5. Any language accepted, either dubbed in English, or with English subtitles. No genre requirements.
Awards & Prizes
*FREE distributor review for our select "Best Of Show" and "Outstanding Excellence" award winners.
*If your shorts are not accepted after they are reviewed by the Official Selection committee, you receive Judges acceptance panel Feedback upon request for a chance to make corrections and RESUBMIT FOR FREE.
*Opportunities for other awards, such as Awards Of Excellence, Awards Of Merit, and SUB-CATEGORY AWARDS, such as best cinematography, original theme song, script, concept creativity/originality, direction, special effects, research, lead actor/actress, best supporting actor/actress, etc.
*Option of On-Demand on WRN.TV Entertainment Network coming soon!
Rules & Terms
- NO WAIVERS
- If there are no film entries qualified for the "Best Of Show" categorization in any particular season, that slot will remain empty as we move on to the subsequent season (in other words, a "Best Of Show" will not be awarded to a film lacking quality requirements, just for the sake of awarding it).
-Foreign language films (non-English) must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
-All genres compete together
-If submitting a webisode, please indicate the 'episode #' in the film title (i.e., "The Greatest Movie Ever" ep. 6)
-WSTL Is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for competition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
-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, and therefore shall indemnify and hold harmless WSTL, WRPN.TV, DOFIFF, and ROMAN PICTURES 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.
-The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.
Submitting filmmakers whom have in any way been associated with Roman Pictures, WRPN.TV, or any of the executive producers for the above mentioned organizations, will be disqualified due to conflict of interest, and any submission fees will be refunded. The filmmaker hereby asserts that no such association with executive producers for Roman Pictures or WRPN.TV exists or has existed in the past.
-In order to insure that each film is studied and rated an individual basis, WSTL has instituted a system to insure that entries do not compete against each other, but instead are recognized for their own individual merits. For all intents and purposes, they compete against themselves: each entry is judged on individual merits and scored on an inherent value system. We want to insure that the judges focus is on you when it is your turn to be evaluated, not on all the other films that are in cue: this insures that they will not have comparisons going on in their minds when they should be focusing entirely on YOU.
-Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded not only for Best Of Show, but also for two Awards of Excellence levels, two Awards of Merit levels, a Kudos Endeavor Award, or no award.
-Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry/entries for each season; Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements; and Notable achievements are recognized at the Award of Merit and 'Kudos' award levels.
-The number of awards granted at any given level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline. Just as entering major categories does not insure selection or award, entering sub-categories also does not insure selection or award; Filmmakers who enter sub-categories only (without entering a major category) may be rejected if the judges do not feel the submitted sub-category is of merit, even if the film itself is of merit and could have been award-worthy. Conversely, films may also receive awards for sub-categories written in by the judges even if the filmmaker did not submit for them.
-Also, your film name will appear in the Official Selection list only if you have submitted the entire film into one of the 2 Major (full-price) Categories (films submitted for judging in reduced-rate, production value sub-categories only, will not be listed on Official Selection page. They will, however, be listed on the final Awards page if an award is earned).
Response from festival:
Thank you Alexis, we are Committee Members for the Universal Film & Festivals Organization (UFFO.ORG), a non-profit based in the U.K. All filmmakers are guaranteed a fair and accurate judging process when submitting to WSTL or any of our associated festivals! We are happy to be of service to the independent film community.