2019 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

  • Deadline:
    March 29, 2019, 11:03 p.m.
  • Location:
    The 2019 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival will be held on April 26 & 27 in the Gluck Theater at the West Virginia University Mountainlair in Morgantown.

Call for Submissions: The 2019 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

The Electronic Media Area of the School of Art and Design of West Virginia University is accepting entries to the 2019 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival. We seek imaginative, well-crafted and compelling works in film, video and animation. Send us your work! www.mountaineershortfilmfest.org

Deadline for entries: March 29, 2019

• Experimental
• Animation
• Documentary Short
• Narrative Short
• Thematic entry: "Memes"
• Student (College)
• Young filmmakers (under 18)

Entry Fee
• Regular Entry Fee: $8 per entry, up to 3 entries
• Student Entry Fee: $5 per entry, up to 3 entries
(Student entries should be accompanied by valid student ID emailed to: wvmsff@gmail.com)
• Under 18: Free, up to 3 entries

Separate entry fee and submission form is required for each entry. Fee is payable through Film Freeway, Paypal or by check (US banks only). Please do not send cash. Checks should be made out to: WVMSFF. All fees go to help support festival screening awards and festival events.


You may submit your work in one of two ways: through FilmFreeway, or by filling out the online entry form available at our website. Mailed-in entries are not accepted. If submitting using the online form, all works must be available for download (Vimeo, WeTransfer or Dropbox etc.) at screening quality and full resolution (preferably Quicktime, 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720, square pixels). Please insure that the link to the online version of your film or project is active until the date of the festival.

• Maximum running time of 20 minutes.
• Works must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
• Please include English subtitles with all non-English narrative entries.
• All submissions must include a completed entry form.
• Maximum of 3 entries per person. Separate entry form is required for each entry.
• Filmmakers and artists accepted to the festival permit the use of stills and/or clips from accepted works in promotional and public relations materials.

The manner in which we interact through the internet has had profound social impact, extending far beyond the boundaries of our computers and smart phones and bleeding into everyday interactions and face-to-face encounters. The proliferation of meme culture - accelerated by technology - has had particular social influence. Largely through mimesis, gesture and mutation, memes spread ideas, behaviors and attitudes like viruses while shaping the social interactions of those who carry them. While many recognize the effects of memes in the entertainment realm, their impact is no doubt felt much wider, politically, socially and economically. We invite works that take as their subject the notion of “meme culture” however widely interpreted or that reflect on the impact of memes on the way we increasingly think, act and interact with one another.


Modest awards have been established by the festival organizers to recognize work of exceptional accomplishment. They include a $300.00 Best of Festival award, and a $100 award in each of the festival categories: Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Student Film, Best Young Filmmaker and Best "Memes Culture" Theme.

Festival website: www.mountaineershortfilmfest.org

For additional information please contact us at wvmsff@gmail.com