Introducing the 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?"

Now accepting films and screenplays of all lengths and genres!

What to really push the limits , try your hand at our Film Challenge which pits you against other filmmakers in their quest in making a new film all using a set of randomly chosen film requirements. Will everyone be making a western with sci-fi elements, or Romance with a kleptomaniac protagonist? The possibilities are endless!

We cherish story telling and feel that script writing 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 Screenplay award winner will receive a license for Final Draft! ($250 Value)

Finally, give us your best shot! The Mendes Award is up for grabs with our One-Shot Film competition. Remember, there is only one shot to rule them all!

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

Submitting your work with What will They Think of Next, will allow you to share your passion with fellow like minded filmmakers, and go head-head for coveted awards and bragging rights. Our top prize, eligible for all categories (Other than Screenplay) , The "Master Visionary" Trophy, will be awarded to the most unique, thought provoking, and entertaining film of the festival.

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

*Festival Launching as an Online Festival. However, we will monitor local regulations regarding Covid-19 for the possibility of having in person festivals in the future.

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

We said there would be awards!

*Short Film & Feature Film*

Best Overall Film - Judged based on creativity, storytelling, and technicality
• Master Visionary Trophy
• $200 Credit for for use in your next film!
• $50 Credit for B&H Photo & Video
• 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

• Best Documentary Certificate

Music Video
• Best Music Video


Best Screenplay
• Best Screenplay Trophy
• License for Final Draft
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Best Horror / Suspense / Thriller Screenplay
• Best Horror Screenplay Certificate

Best Comedy Screenplay
• Best Comedy Screenplay Certificate

Best Action Screenplay
• Best Action Screenplay Certificate

Best Mystery Screenplay
• Best Mystery Screenplay Certificate

Best Romance Screenplay
• Best Romance Screenplay Certificate

Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
• Best Sci-Fi Screenplay Certificate

* Film Challenge *

Best Overall Film - Judged based on creativity, storytelling, and technicality
• Film Challenge Trophy
• $150 Credit for for use in your next film!
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!

Film Challenge Best Actor
• Best Actor Certificate

Film Challenge Best Actress
• Best Actress Certificate

Film Challenge Best use of Prop
• Prop House Certificate

Film Challenge Best Use of Line of Dialogue
• Tower of Babel Certificate

Film Challenge Best Cinematography
• Best Cinematography Certificate


* One-Shot Film *

Best One-Shot Film -
• Mendes Trophy
• $100 Credit for for use in your next film!
• Voucher for future entry into our festival!


Student Film
• Neo Trophy
• $100 Credit for for use in your next film!
• $50 Credit for B&H Photo & Video
• 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
  • 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