The Woods Hole Film Festival is a showcase of independent film spotlighting the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. We emphasize cinematography in our selection process. We also promote the work of WHFF alumni both during and after the Festival. In addition to screening over 100 works over the 8 day Festival, we offer hands-on workshops geared toward both veteran and emerging filmmakers. Our year round screening series offers a second screening opportunity for Festival filmmakers. All categories are competitive. Some categories are juried. Audience awards given in all categories.

Awards & Prizes

We offer audience awards and jury awards in select categories. Prizes include 1st look opportunity for distribution by Monterey Media, software, Best of Fest screenings, possible inclusion in year round series.

Rules & Terms

Filmmaker attendance strongly encouraged. Filmmaker must assist Festival in film promotion. Category, screening time, date, venue and format determination is at sole discretion of Festival. Woods Hole Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival and for promotional purposes. If accepted, filmmaker will be available to help promote the film. 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. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Woods Hole Film Festival 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.

Once a film is selected as an official selection by the Festival, a film may not be withdrawn or pulled from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason whatsoever. Filmmaker agrees to comply with all Festival rules and requirements and abide by Festival code of conduct. An official selection offer may be revoked by the Festival if a filmmaker does not comply with all Festival rules and requirements.

Filmmaker attendance strongly encouraged. Filmmaker must assist Festival in promotion of film and screenings. Category, screening time, date, venue and format determination is sole discretion of Festival.

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    john matthew tyson

    The Woods Hole Festival is a great experience. The communication regarding my submission was timely and informative. The festival organizers were incredibly welcoming and professional. The Woods Hole Festival is in beautiful setting with nice venues, great seminars, and top notch films. I can't wait to attend next year.

    September 2016
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    Hunter Lee Hughes

    Woods Hole is truly a magical place and the festival staff is amazing. They are incredibly well-organized and also very kind and welcoming. I traveled to the festival on my own but quickly felt as if I was part of a filmmaking community and made some great friends. The programming was interesting and varied. Our feature is shot in black-and-white and I felt like brave choices in terms of cinematography were embraced at the festival. So if you have a black-and-white film or a strong focus with your cinematography, this is a great choice. Also, if your film has any connection to seafaring or life near the water, that seemed to be another category of films of special interest to the folks at Woods Hole. There were parties and networking events throughout the festival and it really was just a terrific festival. Well done! :)

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience...it was so nice to have you here!
    Linda

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    Derek Frank

    Had a wonderful, if short time, at the festival. Met some great folks and felt really well taken care of by the festival. A well run, organized, and friendly festival. And the Cape is beautiful :)

    August 2016
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    ned eckhardt

    The Woods Hole Film Festival is so unlike other Festivals. The films unfold over eight days. Over 4,000 people attend the screenings and special events. Every screening I attended was packed. The creative programming results in many themed groupings that challenge the audiences and expand everyone's perceptions. When you add in a beautiful New England/Cape Cod setting, you have an amazing experience. The overall vibe was so positive and upbeat. It was a treat to meet and mix with everyone.

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Ned, for your nice words. It was good to meet you and I'm glad your screenplay did so well.
    Linda

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    Kenna J. Moore

    This is a wonderful festival. With a beautiful oceanic background and the lure of marine biology, Woods Hole is an absolute destination for a film festival. The Woods Hole Film Festival staff are incredibly accommodating and full-heartedly involved with the festival experience for each and every attending filmmaker. Did I mention that Martha's Vineyard is a quick ferry ride across the way? Well, it is : ) I will most definitely be submitting here in the future. Thanks, WHFF2016!

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    It was great to have you and your film here! Good to see the group of filmmakers connecting and having a good time. Hope to see you in the future. Linda