10th Annual

Williamsburg International Film Festival

September 01, 2018 to September 30, 2018

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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Narrative Feature Films
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of at least 50 minutes. Films may be U.S. or Internationally produced. In order to qualify as a Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2013.
Documentary Feature Films
Any non-fiction film with a running time of at least 50 minutes, NOT including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events. If your documentary contains limited dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. Films may be U.S. or Internationally produced. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2013.
Narrative Short Films
Any narrative or documentary film of U.S. or International origin with a running time of 49 minutes or less. Student films would be submitted here. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2013.
Animated Films
Any animated film in any style of animation from any country of origin with a running time of any length. No premiere status is required. Films must have been completed after January 2012.
Music Videos
Any film or video in sync to music from any country of origin with a running time of less than 10 minutes. No premiere status is required. Music Videos do not have a completion requirement.
Screenplay Competition
Any English-language, narrative screenplay of any genre.
Commercial Competition
Any film or video that sells a product or service from any country of origin with a running time of less than 7 minutes. This category also includes Public Service Announcements (PSA) which promotes public awareness. Commercials have no premiere or completion requirements.
Soundtrack Competition
A film or video music soundtrack from any category of film or video. Sample selection(s) should be less than 20 minutes. There is no completion requirement.
TV/Web Episodes Competition
Documentary Short Films


WILLiFEST spotlights independent filmmakers from around the world. We encourage you to submit your work and join us in New York City for a professional, fun-filled festival.


The Williamsburg International Film Festival, voted top 10 coolest film festival by MovieMaker Magazine, is proud to be celebrating its tenth anniversary.

In addition to premieres, the festival features film selections from a multitude of categories. Screenplay, Commercial, TV/Web episodes and Soundtrack competitions round out the offerings.

Many of the films screened at WILLiFEST have gone on to have theatrical releases, broadcasts on PBS and other media outlets, and to be nominated and awarded at the American Academy Awards.


Brooklyn Films (Production Company); Michael Helman (Executive Director); Stella McGovern (Administrative Director)



We are happy to accept your Secure Online Screener (SOS). We are now a green-compliant, paperless event.

Foreign language work must be subtitled in English. Music Videos, Commercials, TV/Web episodes and Soundtracks do not have a completion date requirement.

WILLiFEST is an HD projection festival utilizing the latest file-based server technology. We request exhibition copies of films to be sent to us online through file storage sites like Google Drive or Dropbox. The preferred formats are .MP4 or Apple ProRes formats. All files should conform to a 16x9 aspect ratio as in 1080p (1920 x 1080). We can also accept 720p or 4k.


1. I, the representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal to Brooklyn Films (the "Company") for consideration in WILLiFEST (the "Festival"):

2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.

3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.

4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the Festival's presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such usage. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival or the Company because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or the Company of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, the Festival, affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities of each, and the officers, directors, employees, sponsors, partners, attorneys, advisors and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Company or the Festival. Offerings, awards and prizes may change or be eliminated at any time due to consequences beyond the Festival's control and the Festival will do its best to substitute a fair replacement, if possible.

6. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Company, the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from the Film for promotional purposes and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.

7. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of New York in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed upon by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.

8. I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations explained herein for submitting to the Festival.

9. By clicking "I Agree" below, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the Company or the Festival.