Introducing Season 2 of What Will They Think of Next Film Festival! A festival that promotes creative and original ideas and celebrates the passion of filmmaking and storytelling!
Share your passions, outside the box ideas, show off the latest cinematography technique or S/FX, and really make the audience think, "Wow, what WILL they think of next?"

Submitting your work with What will They Think of Next, will allow you to share your art with fellow like-minded filmmakers, and go head-head for coveted trophy’s, gift cards, software, swag, and bragging rights. Thousands of dollars in prizes have already been given away, will you be one of our next winners?

We cherish storytelling and feel that screenwriting is an unsung art. Writing provides limitless opportunities bounded only by your imagination. We are excited to read scripts from any Genre, and look forward to being transported into your brilliantly crafted world of words.

We're proudly sponsored by the premier screenwriting software in the industry, Final Draft! The Best Student and Best Overall Screenplay award winners will receive a license for Final Draft! ($250 Value). But wait, there’s more! Winners of the Best Feature, Short, and Student screenplays will also receive a 4 -month membership to Inktip Pro courtesy of our friends at Inktip.com!

InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers.

***Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.***

This is your time to flex your mind gears, and get cooking on something special.

Let the fun begin! Lights, Camera, and Action!

Note to International Filmmakers and Screenwriters - We will make all efforts to send physical awards via USPS, but due to possible international sanctions / restrictions and the inability to track / insure packages outside of the United States, we cannot guarantee delivery of awards or resend awards that may not have been received. *Alternative digital prizes may be an option if preferred*

All Official Selections will receive digital laurels for use on social media, posters, etc.

*Film*

Best Overall Film - Judged based on creativity, storytelling, and technicality
• Master Visionary Trophy
• $200 Credit for Lensrentals.com for use in your next film!
• $300 Credit for B&H Photo & Video
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Best Feature Film
• Best Feature Film Trophy
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Best Short Film
• Best Short Film Trophy
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Creative Achievement in Filmmaking - Film that embodies the spirt of the festival by pushing the boundaries of creative filmmaking.
• Creative Achievement Trophy
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Best Director
• Best Director Certificate

Best Actor
• Best Actor Certificate

Best Actress
• Best Actress Certificate

Best Cinematography
• Best Cinematography Certificate

Best Sound Design
• Best Sound Design Certificate

Best Costumes / Makeup
• Best Costumes Certificate

Best Editing
• Best Editing Certificate

Best Music / Score
• Best Music Certificate

Best Visual Effects
• Best Visual Effects Certificate

Documentary
• Best Documentary Certificate

Music Video
• Best Music Video Certificate

Animated Film
• Best Animated Film Certificate

Best One Shot Film
• Best One Shot Film Certificate

Best International Film
• Best International Film Certificate

Best International Feature Film
• Best International Feature Film Certificate

Best International Short Film
• Best International Short Film Certificate

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*Screenplay*

Best Overall Screenplay
• Best Screenplay Trophy
• License for Final Draft
• 4-Month Membership for Inktip Pro
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Best Feature Screenplay
• Best Feature Screenplay Trophy
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Best Short Screenplay
• Best Short Screenplay Trophy
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Creative Achievement - Writing - Screenplay that embodies the spirt of the festival by pushing the boundaries of creativity.
• Creative Achievement Trophy
• 4-Month membership to Inktip Pro
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

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*Student*

Student Film
• Best Student Film Trophy
• $150 Credit for Lensrentals.com for use in your next film!
• $100 Credit for B&H Photo & Video
• Written Feedback on Film
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Student Screenplay
• Best Student Screenplay Trophy
• License for Final Draft
• 4-Month Membership for Inktip Pro
• Written feedback on Screenplay
• Voucher for future entry into our festival

Submissions will only be accepted using FilmFreeway. At this time we are only accepting digital screeners - no DVD/Blu-Ray , etc.

All films must be in English or have English subtitles in order to be considered.

All Films and screenplays must be original works and you agree that you own the rights to your submitted project

You give full permission to the festival to use still, titles, and/or other information from your film for promotional purposes online via social media.

All films will be considered regardless of budget. Judging is based on creativity and passion for filmmaking.

Submission fees are not refundable.

By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

I/We agree to hold What Will They Think of Next Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Such a fun and well put together festival! Thank you, thank you!!

    July 2021
  • You have a great festival on the go! Thank you for your awesome communication and for supporting our film!! We will be submitting more work to your festival in the future! Very professional and great communication – I highly recommend!

    July 2021
  • Larry Collins

    It was an honor to have my screenplay, "Identification," selected for this festival that celebrates creativity.

    Communication was fantastic as were the efforts to make the virtual festival impactful, important and engaging. This team also went the extra mile to offer avenues for virtual networking for all filmmakers and writers who were selected.

    I look forward to participating in future festivals.

    July 2021
  • Great and edgy approach to film programming! Thank you for being a platform for filmmakers who push boundaries. Absolutely honored to share a spot with the selected films and winners! Truly an honor to have won!

    July 2021
  • Having these festivals virtually takes some getting used to. But I enjoyed watching the awards being presented. It was great to have my screenplay REALLY SOMETHING SPECIAL included as one of the selections.

    July 2021