Known as the “Crown Jewel” of west Florida, Naples is nestled by endless, calm beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. In Naples you can slow down to savor great independent film at the West Florida International Film Festival. Ahhhh…
Hosted at the Silverspot Cinema, the West Florida International Film Festival is part of the GO Independent Film series of festivals in the FAME family. Our goal is to give more opportunities for independent filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase and promote their art in great theaters, in great cities!
We produce live & virtual screenings simultaneously, and offer a separate, special bundle of benefits called the FAME FACTOR TICKET. “Get into One and you’re Done!” If eligible, submissions receive Guaranteed Acceptance into our 10 GO Indie Film Festivals alongside Notification within 2 weeks!
We are producing a full on, live film festival at the Silverspot Cinema in Naples, FL. HOWEVER, we are susceptible to country, state and local laws, which enforce specific, gathering guidelines. To that end, circumstances beyond our control include venue policy and protocol, and insurance limitations.
For the year 2022 and for the foreseeable future, we will be producing both a virtual and live event. Please understand, before submitting, that with little to no notification, we may have to change presentation formats.
Rules & Terms
We are accepting submissions for Feature & Short Narrative Films, Feature length & Short Documentaries, Web/TV Series, Screenplays, Teleplays, Music Videos, Trailers and Art & Design. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.
All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the filmmaker or screenwriter. Productions produced from 2012 to June 2022 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. All films must be submitted on DVD (Region 1), Blu-ray or online screener for consideration by our Jury.
All entries must be sent to FAME, LLC. Videos and DVDs submitted will not be returned unless accompanied by SASE. Film and Video maybe also be submitted or shared via links online via YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google, WeTransfer, or similar. Submissions selected for The Chapel Hill International Film Festival will be announced no later than October 03, 2022.
All presentation materials for The West Florida International Film Festival must arrive no later than September 15, 2022 (post marked by September 12, 2022). Please notify us by mail or email of any address changes.
LIVE Screenings are dependent on 4 Criteria beyond our control.
1. State/City/Regional Restrictions
2. Venue Policy and Availability
3. Filmmaker Content Submission (by required Deadline)
4. A minimum of 2-3 hours of content submitted by participating filmmakers in DCP format, encoded by the festival. There is a fee for encoding services.
The West Florida International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted, film accepted, video, or project for exhibition at the GO Independent Film Festivals for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that The West Florida International Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or The West Florida International Film Festival Event and F.A.M.E. related promotion via print, web, theater and broadcast television. 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 submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless The West Florida International Film Festival and F.A.M.E. LLC related entities, it's vendors, sponsors and supporters 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. The submitter acknowledges that all content submitted is approved, licensed, owned, or otherwise authorized to exploit, under the jurisdiction of standing copyright and trademark law, as determined by regional, county, state, United States, and international law.
If 'Nominated', presence at the Awards Ceremony is NOT required to Win.
Submissions Open: December 27, 2021
Early Bird Deadline: January 16, 2022
Regular Deadline: June 20, 2022
Late Deadline: August 15, 2022
Extended Deadline: September 12, 2022
Notification: October 03, 2022
Virtual Screening: November 10 - 20, 2022
Live Screening: November 18, 2022
Virtual Awards Ceremony: November 20, 2022
*Due to COVID related events beyond our control, schedules may change with little to no notification.