2023 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

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The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival returns this spring for its 9th edition for a two-day event on April 14 & 15, 2023. We’re looking for unique, boundary-pushing works in video, animation, and film. Send us your newest work! Deadline for entries is March 10, 2023.

• $8 per entry
• Students and Young Filmmakers: Free
(Students should include valid student ID along with submission, or send separately to [email protected])

•    Experimental
•    Short Narrative
•    Documentary
•    Animation
•    Student Works
•    Theme: Indeterminate Self
•    Performance, Video Installation, Expanded Media

Theme: Indeterminate Self
In addition to the standard categories listed, we invite time-based works that center on the theme: Indeterminate Self. In the wake of a global pandemic, and facing an uncertain social future, we’re curious about the impact of recent global events on the way we define ourselves and our boundaries physically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. How have we been changed? Has the pandemic only hastened the redrawing of boundaries between mind and body brought on by the digital revolution? Do you inhabit your physical body the same now as you did three years ago? Do you dream in Zoom? Or, do you remain, in some fashion, in an Indeterminate space between body and mind, between flesh and technology, between worlds.

Performance and Media Exhibition:
This year we are also excited to accept submissions to a one-day media and performance exhibition to take place in the Falbo Theater of the Canady Creative Arts Center. As we begin to emerge more fully from pandemic restrictions and strive to regain some sense of in-person, corporeal, engagement, the WVM SFF seeks proposals for performance works that interrogate the relationship between the body and technology, intimacy and telepresence. Submissions may include theatre, dance, sound, or other performance works that incorporate audiovisual media. These might include remote, online or otherwise telematic performances. They might include augmented or virtual reality performances. They might include in-person performances involving media. Works may utilize tools like motion sensors, projection, live or fixed media in the engagement with the festival’s theme. Please submit a brief document with your submission describing concept and technical descriptions/requirements. Direct inquiries to [email protected]

•    Maximum running time of 15 minutes.
•    Works must have been completed after January 1, 2021.
•    Maximum of 2 entries per person.
•    Separate entry form and fee required for each entry.
•    Deadline for entry: March 10, 2023.
•    Notification: on or before March 20, 2023.
•    Applicants agree to allow festival organizers use of accepted works for all promotional materials and events.
•    Unfortunately we are not able to provide travel and lodging costs for every participant. For those travelling regionally, feel free to contact us as we may be able to at least make your visit more feasible: [email protected]

Established in 2010, the WVMSFF is a creation of the Electronic Media program of the West Virginia University School of Art and Design.


Friday, March 10, 2023 (All day)

Exhibition dates: 

Friday, April 14, 2023 (All day) to Saturday, April 15, 2023 (All day)

Submission fees: 

Submission fees are charged

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Friday, March 10, 2023 (All day)

Exhibition dates: 

Friday, April 14, 2023 (All day) to Saturday, April 15, 2023 (All day)