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|We accept both fictional and documentary titles.
|We accept both fiction and documentary titles.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
WFF honors the past in the shape of film classics, celebrates the present through seminars with provocative actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers, and explores the technologies taking independent film into the 21st century.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
WFF was launched in 1999 and has grown by leaps and bounds, hosting over 400 films and playing host to as many guest artists.
That first tentative season we screened three indies and honored veteran director John Frankenheimer. The following season - under the leadership of its new executive director Steve Lawson - WFF added a joint screenplay reading with the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival and saluted actor David Strathairn.
In Season Three (2001), WFF programmed 20 events including half a dozen East Coast or New England premieres and honored international star Sigourney Weaver. Attendance was up 60%, a real achievement considering the Festival took place soon after 9/11.
Season Four in 2002 opened with ROGER DODGER and added such innovations as a full-scale shorts program and documentaries. This gamble paid off as one of the docs, SPELLBO0UND - shown both at WFF and its first L.A. event - proved to be a major hit and an Academy Award nominee.
Fifth Anniversary Season featured special guests Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and Campbell Scott, such films as THE STATION AGENT, OFF THE MAP, MR. & MRS. BRIDGE (inaugurating a Classics Slot) and 30 artists in residence. It was artistically matched by the sixth season in 2004, when films included A TOUCH OF GREATNESS, DOWN TO THE BONE, SPEAK and PRIMER, an all-women filmmakers' seminar, and Alec Baldwin inaugurating the Artist's Choice slot and by the seventh season when WFF saluted Patricia Clarkson and screened such work as SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS, DUANE HOPWOOD, THE PUFFY CHAIR, and THE DYING GAUL.
The eighth season in 2006 saw the addition of Festival's first-ever prize: the Christopher and Dana Reeve Audience Award, presented to the top narrative short by vote. All but two of the indie features on the schedule went on to be released. Highlights of season nine in 2007 included DARK MATTER, GRACE IS GONE, and TEETH, the Festival's first-ever Benefit, and a provocative lunch seminar with Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Craig Hatkoff.
The 10th Anniversary Season included several world premieres, Courtney Hunt's FROZEN RIVER, a seminar with legendary sales agent John Sloss, and the first Reeve Award given to both a woman filmmaker and a foreign film: Steph Green for NEW BOY. In 2009, WFF honored director Barry Levinson, hosted a lunch seminar with James Ivory, and presented such titles as AGAINST THE CURRENT, DARE, HUMPDAY, and I KNEW IT WAS YOU. The 2010 season welcomed Alec Baldwin, Robert Osborne, and Brian Dennehy to the Festival and saw a jump in attendance, with Luke Matheny's short GOD OF LOVE winning the Reeve Award and going on to capture the Oscar.
Highlights of Season 13 included a salute to Sidney Lumet, an advance look at the Bollywood epic RA. ONE, and a post- documentary food tasting with culinary legend Danny Meyer, while the 14th season in 2012 welcomed such special guests as Richard Russo, Jim Bouton, and Tom Colicchio and screened KNUCKLEBALL, DREAMSCAPES, ANY DAY NOW, SUPPORTING CHARACTERS, and CURFEW, which not only won the Reeve Award but subsequently nabbed an Oscar nomination for live-action short.
15th Anniversary Season saw a 49% jump in attendance and featured such memorable events as John Irving on adaptation, a seminar on filming in the Berkshires including Treat Williams, and such titles as A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING, GOOD OL' FREDA, CHERRY COTTAGE, AT MIDDLETON, DINER EN BLANC, and THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT.
Guest artists have said of WFF...
The best film festival in New England.
Wonderful dignity and style - a fabulous festival. Truly one of the bright spots of my time 'round the circuit.
A terrific, spirited festival. Who else packs the house for a 10am screening of shorts?
Film, foliage, fun - phenomenal festival!
Up-close, intimate movie viewing, the likes of which the 'big-name' festivals could never match.
A total joy for filmmakers and audiences alike.
You put the "festive" into "festival." Every movie should be lucky enough to feel the Williamstown touch.
What a fantastic screening we had!
A beautifully run festival, a perfectly curated selection of films. Go if you have the chance!
The most fun I've had at a festival.
A first-class happening with real charm.
What an honor and a thrill to have been invited to participate - twice!
A feast for the imagination and the soul. A must-stop on the fall festival circuit!
Beautiful films in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Inspiring, carefully programmed, just plain smart. Williamstown is a festival you simply shouldn't miss.
A great place to think about one's craft instead of thinking about one's career.
Williamstown is the rare place where I am never the biggest film geek in the room.
A world-class festival with a small-town heart.
Steve Lawson (Executive Director)
Screeners should be in sterling shape - no "almost-done" or "in-progress" submissions, please.
Filmmakers who want their work returned should enclose a SASE.
Submissions are welcome February 10-September 8, 2014. If their work is selected for the Festival, filmmakers will be contacted by September 26, 2014.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Films are accepted for screening on a pure merit basis, without any strings attached. Clips may be used for promotional purposes after acceptance.
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 Williamstown 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.