The We Make Movies International Film Festival celebrates the Do-It-Yourself filmmaking aesthetic. Held in Hollywood every year, WMMINTL serves to highlight DIY filmmakers across the spectrum of the industry in every genre. From horror to drama, comedy to documentary, experimental and underground to video art and music videos, we salute filmmakers who embrace the true indie spirit by making quality art on their own terms. Based on the idea of "making the film that YOU want to see," this week-long festival provides networking and social events, industry panels, a showcase of shorts, features, series, and video art from around the world, live multi-media performances, and an awards ceremony. By bringing filmmakers of all ilks together, we strive to elevate artists and revitalize the industry that we want to be a part of.

Our festival attracts not only brazen storytellers with a distinct point of view, but enterprising creatives who think outside of the box when it comes to the process of filmmaking. We applaud filmmakers who understand the importance of, and know how to wear the many hats required on a true indie production. We welcome seasoned professionals and veteran storytellers, emerging voices and new talents, and everything in between, but the filmmakers who challenge the way things have always been done by finding imaginative and unique solutions to common pre-production, production, and post-production problems are our heroes. If you are a filmmaker who takes chances and asserts your authenticity, we are interested in discovering and promoting you because you are the future of film and filmmaking.

WMMINTL is a natural extension of We Make Movies, a film collective with a thriving worldwide community, a service hub for all pre-pro, production, and post-production needs, a practical alternative to film school, and a digital branding and marketing agency for businesses, organizations, and indie artists alike. WMM actively bolsters filmmakers by connecting them to a supportive community of like-minded artistic professionals and cost-efficient and dependable resources and educational tools, as well as providing an outlet for artistic expression, collaboration, and evaluation through our labs and international film festival.

‚ÄčOur goal is to empower our fellow filmmakers, provide a custom experience tailored to the needs of each project, budget, and artist, and ultimately bridge the gap between the filmmaker and the business of film.

We Make Movies is breaking the mold by bypassing traditional gateways of access to the elusive industry at large. Through our Project Greenlight meets Shark Tank style film competition we granted three films $25,000 plus thousands more in post-production assistance, access to gear, production insurance, and marketing and development help along the way. And this is just the beginning!

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Mobile Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Animated Film
Best Mid-Length Film
Best Pilot/Series (Internet/TV)
Best Out of the Box Project
Best Documentary Film

- Previously premiered films fine.
- Films that were submitted to last years WMMINTL 2020 or 2021 will not be viewed.
- No Rough Cut Submissions -- film must be completed upon entry. Acceptance to festival will be determined on merits of first film submitted.
- Selected filmmakers must provide requested materials -- poster or other digital images, a high-resolution copy of the film, and a film summary, including key players from the cast and crew, filmmaker bio, and the film runtime for the program -- as requested by the festival organizers.

Overall Rating
  • Masha Vlasova

    Wonderful festival and community! Thank you for selecting "Her Type" and "The Imaginary Kaleidoscope" !

    October 2021
  • Had a great experience! Thought they handled covid very well with a hybrid festival, had a great time and felt very safe at the in-person screening - programming had a wide range of films, really fun to be in person (safely!) again - and nice to have the bar next door for a little bit of networking :) Will definitely submit my next film here.

    September 2021
  • 1000% the most communicative, most friendly to filmmakers, and all around great experience. Great job everyone.

    September 2021
  • Kincaid Walker

    We loved this festival experience! It was our first one back in a live theatre, and the fest administrators handled it so well with proof of vaccine/or negative Covid-19 test required. The Broadwater Theatre is a really nice space in Hollywood, with a cute bar (the Broadwater Plunge) next door, and the other shorts which aired with ours were high-quality. We'd definitely recommend submitting!

    September 2021
  • Reuben Guberek

    We had a lot of fun premiering our feature at We Make Movies. Their programmers and volunteers were friendly and welcoming. We met lots of other great filmmakers.

    September 2021