CASH PRIZES - OVER 40 SHORT FILMS - MODERATED FILMMAKER Q&A’S - AWARDS GALA
WDFF was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts; to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences to walk away with more courage and perspective, feeling inspired and connected. The festival provides talented filmmakers a platform to showcase their creative efforts and deliver networking opportunities to obtain jobs and launch projects. Columbus has become a film community hub, offering an audience the opportunity to experience stories that otherwise would not be accessible. WDFF exists to empower the artists, audience, and community with encouraging film projects and solidifying the success of the film industry in Columbus. We see the impact and importance of serving as a tool for filmmakers to weave their growth and efforts into our community at large.
"WDFF is easily the best organized and most filmmaker-friendly film festival I've attended since I began attending film festivals throughout the country with my short films since Nov. 2015. Every effort is made by the founders of WDFF to make attending filmmakers feel warmly welcomed and appreciated. Their communication skills, including email and the use of all of their social media platforms is outstanding as well and deserving of a 6th star, if that were possible! And you could not ask for a classier venue for a film festival than the beautiful Springer Opera House! WDFF is a first class act from start-to-finish, and is definitely a fest that every short filmmaker should consider submitting to!"
"Fantastic film festival. The Springer Opera House is an amazing location for the screenings. This was probably the friendliest, most social and professional film festival I have attended. They honor artists and filmmakers and provide a wonderful sense of community around the event. Do not miss this unique opportunity to share your work in an encouraging environment that values storytelling."
"Way Down Film Festival was a blast! Stacy, Jacy, Cora, and Scott all put their hearts and souls into this festival and it shows. They've created a weekend filled with excitement, creativity, and movie magic. Thank you for respecting film as art and giving us along with all of the other filmmakers, a platform to showcase our passion. If you're a filmmaker looking for a festival that will truly respect and honor your craft, look no further than Way Down Film Festival."