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Why Apply to Webdance Film Festival?

Located in the heart of the film industry, the Webdance Film Festival is a premier international film, television, and new media festival that is devoted to finding and highlighting the best cinema in the world. Our Jury will award the best films through private screenings, and make a special interview with the award winners through our partner company Cinema Summit.

We Are Inspired by Innovation, Ingenuity, and Creativity in Filmmaking.

Thousands of films are made every year by extremely talented, innovative, and visionary filmmakers that are left unnoticed. We aim to celebrate these filmmakers for their efforts and share with the world the raw talent that we discover along the way. Does your film fit the bill? Click the button below to submit!

Main Submission Categories

Feature Film

This category is for films of any genre, with a total length of over 60 minutes.

Short Film

This category is for films of any genre, with a total length under 60 minutes.


This category is for a television pilot, with a total length over 24 minutes.

New Media

This category is for web series with at least 3 episodes, each episode with a total length under 24 minutes.

Additional Award Categories

First-Time Director Award

This award category is for projects helmed by a first-time director.

Student Award

This award category is for filmmakers currently attending a university, college, high school, or other special education program.

Genre Awards

These award categories are for Best in Genre, and are broken up into: Drama, Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, and Animation


Each main project submission category has 7 award categories. One project from our main submission categories that demonstrates outstanding craftsmanship, storytelling, and technical achievement will receive the Cinema Laureate Award, which includes our custom engraved laurel trophy statue. There are additional award categories for the First-Time Director Award, Student Award, and Genre Awards. The Official Selections are viewed by our team of judges and award ballots are submitted for each project. Winners are announced during the Live Online and In-Person Awards Ceremony hosted by Gilded Cinema. Winners in any category will be featured on the website and interviewed for Cinema Summit.

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    Cinema Laureate Award
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    Best Director
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    Best Cinematography
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    Best Editing
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    Best Visual FX
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    Best Musical Score
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    Best Actor
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    Best Supporting Actor

Note: The red check mark denotes a trophy award category. Grey check marks denote a certificate award category. All films in award categories will receive digital Award laurels. All selected projects will receive digital Official Selection laurels.


Winners of the awards mentioned above are all eligible to receive the following prizes. Acceptance of these prizes is optional, and not a requirement to participate for awards. These awards have been added based on the generous donations of time and assets from our partner companies.

Worldwide VOD Distribution

All official selections, nominated projects and winners of awards at Webdance Film Festival will be given the option to participate in non-exclusive worldwide VOD distribution via our partner Gilded Cinema. Should the filmmakers decide to participate in this prize, they will be contacted by Gilded Cinema to walk through all the details and come to a mutually beneficial agreement.

This prize is totally optional - no film will be put online in its entirety without the express permission from the filmmakers.

Lifetime A​​​​​ccess

CINELEADS is a web-based application that helps video creators find and attract leads for paid video work. The app uses key-phrases to search for local companies and it automatically analyzes the quality of video on their current website and social media accounts. You can then use this information to your advantage to pitch your video services to them and gain multiple clients in your area to help supplement your filmmaking passions.

Award Winners at Webdance Film Festival are given Free Lifetime Access to CINELEADS!

Submit to Webdance Film Festival now!

The doors are open! Have a film project you want to submit? There's no time to waste, submit now before the registration period ends!

How it Works

Webdance Film Festival is open to all genres and all countries. All films will go through a comprehensive evaluation process. The process involves these stages:

  • Our team of industry professionals will review all submissions and choose category and award winners.
  • If a film is not selected as a category winner it will either be an "Official Selection" or "Not Accepted".
  • Only award winners are screened at the Annual Festival.
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    Winners are notified on the Notification Date.

Things to know before submitting:
Submission of your film to Webdance Film Festival confirms that the festival has the permission to exhibit your film(s) during the festival and /or at any other Festival event. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills of exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker or screenwriter of such material is used in Festival promotion. Original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.

Important Rules:

All filmmakers submitting a film to the Webdance Film Festival (hereafter known as ‘The Festival’, ‘We’, ‘Us” and ‘Our”), accept and agree to comply with the following Terms and Conditions:

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    The Festival only accepts online registrations and submissions to be assessed. We accept films in any language; however, films not made in English must have English subtitles.
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    By submitting a film to The Festival, the submitter agrees that the film may be screened online in its entirety, online, in a live theatrical venue, or any other venue chosen by the festival, and clips from the film may be shown during our live awards event, if it is selected.
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    We are only accepting films that have been produced during and after 2013 at this time.
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    All submission fees are non-refundable.
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    Only one project will receive the Cinema Laureate trophy. All other awards will receive a custom certificate.

Key Dates

This is our current submission schedule for this festival period. If your film doesn't fit within this timeline, don't forget to check back regularly to see when our next festival period is!


Opening Date! This is when we open the floodgates for the first time. We are officially accepting submissions and you are free to submit at the Earlybird price.


Earlybird Deadline. If you've passed this date, you've missed the Earlybird pricing, but don't worry, you can still submit before the Regular deadline!


Regular Deadline.  Our Regular deadline passes on this date, but there's one last chance to enter if you still haven't made the plunge...


Late Deadline. This is the last and final opportunity to enter, so get your submissions in before this date!


We Notify Official Selections. This is the fun day when we get to let you all know whether you've been selected or not!

Webdance Film Festival  //  Our History

This festival is run by and for filmmakers. We know that they come in all shapes and sizes.

Webdance was founded in 1996, and was an early pioneer of the online film festival. It took a brief hiatus and is now back in action!

We accept films of all types, from filmmakers of any background. We love seeing what you come up with and hearing the amazing stories of how you overcame the many obstacles involved with getting a film off the ground.

It is our hope that the Webdance Film Festival can be a beacon of light for the independent filmmaking community.

Continue the good work. Keep improving, always. And we'll see you at the next festival.

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The Best Time to Submit is Now!

You won't get the recognition you deserve by letting your film collect dust. Uncover your film like Indiana Jones, dodge the flying poisoned arrows, the slimy snakes, and those pesky Nazis, and send in your film. Because like Indie always says.... "It belongs in a museum!"

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Frequently Asked Questions

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