The Fifteen Minute Film Festival 2024 will take place (tentatively: it may be a week earlier, or a week later. Definite details to come) on July 27, 2026, at 6:00PM at the beautiful Towngate Theatre in Wheeling, West Virginia. Our mission is to celebrate the art of the short film in all genres. Our low entry fee (always $5.00, $4.00 for FilmFreeway Gold members) allows you to spend more on your own film's budget. All winning submissions will be shown on a screen in a real theater filled with short film enthusiasts, fans, friends, and other filmmakers. The Towngate Theatre is located in the heart of Wheeling's Historic Centre Market and is close to local breweries, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

Cash Prizes! 1st Place - $100. 2nd - $50. 3rd - $25. From all entries, fifteen films will be selected to be shown at the Festival. Student entries will be judged alongside of all other entries. From those fifteen, three will be selected as the first through third place winners, and there will be an Audience Choice winner selected the day of the Festival. All fifteen selected submissions will receive "Official Selection" laurels upon notification of acceptance, and the first through third place winners will receive additional laurels, as will the Audience Choice winner. Monetary awards will be distributed only through PayPal or Venmo, and winners will have thirty (30) days from the day of the announcement to claim their monetary prizes. Attending filmmakers from each of the fifteen selected films will receive two (2) free passes to the Festival.

All films must be complete upon submission. No works in progress will be accepted. Films made after 2020 are preferred, but it is not a requirement. Short films up to fifteen minutes in length including credits qualify. The Festival will not post your film anywhere online, but we may list a title/screen shot on our website of accepted entries. You may be asked to send a digital file of a poster for your film. By submitting, you agree that you own all copyrights and intellectual properties to your work. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. Any violations of that agreement will result in immediate disqualification from the Festival, and The Fifteen Minute Film Festival, its coordinators, vendors, directors, curators, or exhibitors are not to be held responsible.
The Fifteen Minute Film Festival reserves the right to use any part of your submission for promotional purposes regarding the Festival itself. This includes social media, advertising, and other related outlets to promote the Festival.
Submitting does not guarantee selection. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone based on violation of our rules, objectionable content, or any other reason. Films not submitted in English must be subtitled. Please, no pornography or animal cruelty.
All entries must be submitted by the final deadline, which is May 31, 2024. As a bonus, $1 from each submission through December 31, 2023, will be donated to a local charity, The Friends of Towngate, which is a theatre and cinema supporter.
All winners will be notified of acceptance by June 17, 2024. All decisions made by the judges, programmers, and organizers will be final, with no refund of entry fees. FilmFreeway is the only platform to be used to submit your entry to the Festival. There is no limit on the number of films you can submit, but each entry requires its own fee/submission. There will be no waivers given, so please don't ask.
The submitters of each of the fifteen films selected for the Festival will be asked to authorize the Festival to download a digital copy once notified of acceptance into the Festival, preferably from the FilmFreeway site. IF PERMISSION TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FILM IS NOT GRANTED TO THE FIFTEEN MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL BY JUNE 24, 2024, ANOTHER FILM WILL BE SELECTED TO TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUUR FILM! Thanks, and good luck!

Overall Rating
  • I had a wonderful experience submitting and showing at the 15 Minute Film Festival! The team worked with me even though I ended up not being able to attend in person. Despite this, I was honored that Looking for Johnson Grass received First Place in the competition. Thank you to everyone who made The 15 Minute Film Festival possible!

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Jeremy. It was an honor to be able to show your film. Congratulations on winning First Place! I hope you can use the money to help, even a little, with your next film.

  • Brother Bear

    Although we were unable to attend due to distance, it was a pleasure to be selected and the communication from Jeffrey was excellent. We hope to submit again in the future, perhaps one day we'll get the chance to pop over too! Cheers!

    September 2023
  • Such a welcoming and charming festival! So glad I had the chance to attend and meet its wonderful host and attendees. The venue was beautiful and the film selection was diverse and engaging. Circumstances permitting, I hope to return in future years!

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was our pleasure to meet you and to show your film. Congratulations on winning the Audience Choice Award. Thanks for the review, and hope to see you next year!

  • Great festival! Honored that my short-documentary "Tri-Hard" was selected for it. The community and the host of the event were all amazing! The passion for film and filmmaking definitely shined through from everyone involved

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Shawn. We loved your film (Tri-Hard), and we were so glad that you and your crew were able to be there to watch it with the crowd. Hope to see you next year. Keep filming!

  • Johnny Antonini

    What a nice event. It was such a cool venue to see our project in. I'm definitely submitting my next film to this festival. I want that audience choice award glass!!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Johnny! We were honored to have you there with us.