GO WEST Short Films Submission Criteria

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017



10 minutes and under



Short films can be in any style, live-action or animated.



Submissions can be made to the Go West Film Festival by sending a YouTube or Vimeo link to your film via email. [e-mail address: gowestfilmfest@gmail.com ]. Along with the e-mail containing the link to the film you are submitting, please attach a document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) that contains the following: 1) name, e-mail address, telephone number and any other relevant contact information for the filmmaker serving as contact person for the submission;  2)  the film’s title, the year in which the film was made, and a short synopsis (no longer than a paragraph);  3) a list of cast and crew;  and 4) the running time of the film. You may also provide us with additional thoughts, information or comments in the body of the email.




Submissions will be selected based on the following criteria: 1) technical quality, including visual elements, sound and editing; 2) artistic quality, including the aesthetic experience offered to the viewer and, as applicable, the effectiveness of the actors;  3) story and the quality of the script (as applicable); and 4) adherence to the “Western” theme (more information below). Films selected for inclusion in the Go West Film Festival are chosen at the sole discretion of the GWFF Board of Directors.


If the short is chosen for exhibition, the filmmaker will be informed via email. After notification of acceptance, the filmmaker must provide a copy of the film on DVD or Blu-Ray. If the Go West Film Festival does not receive a DVD or Blu-Ray copy of the film, Go West reserves the right to exclude it from the festival. The featured filmmakers must also attend a test screening to make sure the film is displaying properly.


The Go West film Festival must receive your submission by September 1, 2017.


While Go West Film Festival does not offer filmmakers any monetary awards for the films it considers and accepts, the festival is committed to publicly acknowledging the accomplishments of its contributors. We extend to filmmaker participants the benefits of greater public awareness of their work through festival publicity, as well as the opportunity to meet and make connections with film festival organizers, programmers, film scholars, members of the business community, and other cinephiles.    




In honoring both classic and contemporary Western film, the Go West Film Festival encourages a broad and creative interpretation of the “Western.” Submissions that address issues of race, gender and the environment are particularly welcome.


TRADITIONAL: A narrative piece taking place in the American West from the mid to late 1800s onward. Traditional Western narratives might typically involve, for example, cowboys, outlaws, frontier life, or other elements of the classic Western genre.


DOCUMENTARY: Documentary work might begin with questions such as the following: What does the West mean to you? What was your experience growing up in the West? Among other approaches, a non-fiction film might capture a day in the life of a rancher, farmer or other person whose identity is tied to the West; consider an issue of public concern in the West;  or examine an aspect of Western history.

SUB-GENRE: Overlaps between the Western and other film genres have resulted in sub-genres. As examples, sub-genres include the road movie, the horror film, and science fiction films which retain an essential connection to the American West. We welcome creative ideas and new directions.


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