Call for Entries to the World Arts Film Festival 2018 is open through April 6th.

A Short Film Competition with Awards & Prizes . . .

for established filmmakers to first-time directors of all ages

and all abilities, including individuals with special needs.

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Submission Categories are:

Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, New Media (includes Music Video, Public Service Announcements, Webisodes, Mobile), and Student Films


A narrative is a film that tells a fictional story or narrative.


Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional material intended to document some aspect of reality.


An animated film is a short, hand-drawn, stop motion, character animations or computer animated, etc… film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring a story or a plot. Animation film involves movement and characters’ performances that are created using a frame-by-frame and other artistic techniques.


Experimental film or experimental cinema is a type of cinema. Experimental film is an artistic practice incorporating both visual arts and cinema.

New Media

The new media category invites work in all categories, including, Virtual Reality, Music Video, Public Service Announcement (PSA), Webisodes, and Mobile films. The new media category highlights filming possibilities offered by new digital media and technologies.


Please note:

  • Music Videos must represent the an original work.
  • A webisode from a series, may submit up to three consecutive clips.


Student Films

Student Films includes films made by students in all of the above categories. Student films highlight artistic work by individuals 21 years or younger or by a groups whose average age is 21 years or younger. Film is also eligible if submitter has graduated but the film was completed while submitter was 21 and still a student. Please verify your student status. 


Music in Film


Hometown Award

Selections will include a focus on work by local filmmakers from the hosting city. 


The Festival Programming Committee is made up of a volunteer group of  film professionals, film enthusiasts, critics, and educators, including members of the special needs community. All decisions of the Committee are final.


All submissions will be made online at Withoutabox or Film Freeway.


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830 A1A  North, Suite 13-363 

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082