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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Woods Hole Film Festival is a showcase of independent film spotlighting the work of emerging filmmakers. We emphasize cinematography in our selection process. We also promote the work of WHFF alumni and New England Filmmakers both during and after the Festival. In addition to screening over 100 works over the 8 day Festival, we offer hands-on workshops and master classes geared toward both veteran and first-time filmmakers. Our year round screening series offers a second screening opportunity for Festival filmmakers. All categories are competitive. Some categories are juried. Audience awards given in all categories.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now presenting our 25th edition, The Woods Hole Film Festival is the oldest independent film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands and is one of the best in New England. Named by MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE as one of the 25 Coolest Festivals in the world and one of the 25 Festivals worth the submission fee, the Festival provides a venue for up and coming filmmakers to screen their work before sophisticated and appreciative audiences. Many of our past entrants return with subsequent work and are achieving success within the film world. We are a launching pad for filmmakers and create a festival atmosphere that is friendly and supportive and builds on the summer fun of Cape Cod at peak season. While we accept many submissions from out of the region, our selection process takes into account your ability to attend the festival and to participate fully in the panel discussions and other festival and filmmaker events.
From Stewart Nusbaumer, film blogger at the Huffington Post "The Woods Hole Film Festival is a venerable festival in an idyllic village on Cape Cod by Buzzards Bay. I did not like all the films screened, which is good. Serious festivals include edgy and risky films, films that challenge when you might not want to be challenged. Films that fly off to another universe when all you want is to stay at home. Good films don't necessary give you what you expect or what you want, which is good. And good film festivals know this.
Besides films that push and delight and challenge and pull your hair out, the other pillar of good film festival is an intimate and intelligent community of festival attendees. This requires no risks, only good planning. At Woods Hole the Q&As following the screenings were excellent, possibly the best I have ever witnessed. The nightly parties were inclusive with filmmakers and film buffs and film professionals wrapped in intense dialogue. The town's tiny sidewalks were impromptu settings for more discussion. The synergy of art and social turned Woods Hole an excellent film festival."
Ellen Gitelman (Publicist); Gregg Sandberg (Webmaster); Judy Laster (Festival Director); Linda Navarro (Submissions Administrator)
Please send DVD screener, fee, to the Woods Hole Film Festival.
Final selections will be made by July 1, 2016, although notification may occur earlier, so make sure contact information is valid through this date.
All submission material must be clearly marked with the title of the film, WAB tracking number, genre and contact information. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application includes the screener, submission fee and other materials.
Important: You may submit your screenplay electronically through Withoutabox but we require that you also send in a hard copy of your screenplay to us by mail.
Finalists may be announced by June 1, 2016, although notification may occur earlier, so make sure contact information is valid through this date.
All submission material must be clearly marked with the title of the project, WAB tracking number, genre and contact information. Only complete applications will be considered.
ALUMNI FEE WAIVERS GIVEN. NO OTHER FEE WAIVERS WILL BE GIVEN.
Once a film is selected as an official selection by the Festival, a film may not be withdrawn or pulled from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason whatsoever. Filmmaker will be required to sign filmmaker agreement in order to participate in the Festival. Filmmaker agrees to comply with all Festival rules and requirements and abide by Festival code of conduct. An official selection offer may be revoked by the Festival at any time if a filmmaker does not comply with all Festival rules and requirements. Awards may be revoked at any time after they are conferred if filmmaker does not abide by Festival rules and guidelines as may be updated from time to time.
Filmmaker attendance strongly encouraged. Filmmaker must assist Festival in promotion of film and screenings. Category, screening time, date, venue and format determination is sole discretion of Festival.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Filmmaker attendance strongly encouraged. Filmmaker must assist Festival in film promotion. Category, screening time, date, venue and format determination is at sole discretion of Festival. Once accepted, a film may not be pulled from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason whatsoever. Filmmaker agrees to comply with all rules, guidelines and requirements as may be updated from time to time. Filmmaker agrees to abide by Festival code of conduct.
Woods Hole Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival and for promotional purposes. If accepted, filmmaker will be available to help promote the film.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Woods Hole Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.