WILLiFEST spotlights independent filmmakers from around the world. We encourage you to submit your work and join us in New York City for a professional, fun-filled festival of screenings, networking opportunities, industry panels and more.

The Williamsburg International Film Festival, voted top 10 coolest film festival by MovieMaker Magazine, was established to provide a platform for the creative visions of today's emerging artists of all disciplines. The film festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to enhance their careers by exposing their projects to a powerful audience, gaining crucial media exposure and strengthening industry relationships.

In addition to premieres, the festival features film selections from a multitude of categories. Screenplay, Commercial and Soundtrack competitions round out the offerings.

Many of the films screened at WILLiFEST have gone on to have theatrical releases, broadcasts on PBS and other media outlets, and to be nominated and awarded at the American Academy Awards.

At WILLiFEST, we pride ourselves on elevating the filmmaker's experience. This festival was created for the artist, by artists, and we look forward to helping in taking your film or screenplay to the next level.

Awards & Prizes

All accepted filmmakers and competition winners are provided with full festival passes for entry into every screening, panel, opening night party and networking event. The winners of any of the competitions are awarded certificates and will be featured on our website's Awards page.

Rules & Terms

WE ONLY ACCEPT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT DVDS OR ANY PHYSICAL MEDIA FOR SUBMISSIONS OR EXHIBITION. We are now a green-compliant, paperless event and will no longer accept posters, postcards or marketing materials.

Foreign language work must be subtitled in English. Music Videos, Commercials and Soundtracks do not have a completion date requirement.

WILLiFEST is an HD projection festival utilizing the latest file-based server technology. We do not project from videotape or film and request exhibition copies of films to be submitted online through file transfer sites like Dropbox or Wetransfer. The preferred formats are h264 .MP4 files. We DO NOT accept files in the Apple ProRes format. All files must conform to 720p (1280x720) or 1080p (1920x1080) size and 16x9 aspect ratio.

1. I, the representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal to Brooklyn Films (the "Company") for consideration for WILLiFEST (the "Festival"): 2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation. 3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival. 4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the Festival's presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such usage. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival or the Company because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or the Company of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein. 5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, the Festival, affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities of each, and the officers, directors, employees, sponsors, partners, attorneys, advisors and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Company or the Festival. Offerings, awards and prizes may change or be eliminated at any time due to consequences beyond the Festival's control and the Festival will do its best to substitute a fair replacement, if possible. 6. In the event that the Film is accepted into the official Festival program, myself and all other parties involved with the Film agree that the Film will not associate with nor receive support from corporations during or related to the Film's participation in the Festival that are not official sponsors or supporters of the Festival without prior written consent of the Company. Methods of support include: hosting a dinner, party or junket for or in conjunction with the Film, providing media space for roundtable or one-on-one interviews, etc. The Company relies on the funding of our sponsors and supporters to produce the Festival. For an official list of sponsors and partners, please refer to the Sponsors page on our website. If you have been approached by a company or corporation that does not appear on this list, they are NOT officially aligned with the Festival. 7. If accepted, I hereby grant to the Company, the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles in which I own the rights to, and basic information from the Film for promotional purposes and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion. 8. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of New York in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed upon by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury. 9. I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations explained herein for submitting to the Festival. 10. By submitting my film I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the Company or the Festival.

2 Reviews

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    Eddie Shieh

    Wonderful local festival with a global outreach. Having screened here three times and coming away with two awards, it's been wonderful to see this festival continue it's steady growth and journey. The communication is always on par and filmmakers are always at home. Best of all you're in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the most culturally diverse city in the world. Keep up the good work!

    September 2016
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    Ben Dolphin

    Williamsburg International Film Festival is the BEST! The Staff is brilliant and attentive. It was well attended and well stocked with fabulous films! Stella and Michael are are my heroes and created a warm and stimulating environment. I made significant new friends and very much appreciate the opportunity to present my film UNDERGROUND NOTES at this truly international film festival. I can't wait to make another film to show at the festival!!!
    Thank you for everything.
    Ben Dolphin

    September 2016