2018 FAQs

If you have a question pertaining to the film and music competitions that is not covered, please e-mail us at [email protected]. Screenplay competition questions should be forwarded to screenplays[email protected]. All other questions can be sent to [email protected].

When does the festival take place?


WILLiFEST 2018 will take place September 28 – 29, 2018 in Manhattan. Dates and venue locations are subject to change so please check the website as the event grows nearer.

If my film includes non-English dialogue, do you require English subtitles?

Yes! We will be unable to screen your film if on-screen English subtitles are not included in your online submission.

What if my contact information or any other info changes?

You may log into your account at Withoutabox or FilmFreeway at any time to update or revise your submission details at anytime.

When will I find out if my film was selected?

We will contact you via e-mail sometime in late July or August. We are making decisions all the way through August so please be patient. Please make sure that the e-mail address in your submission details will be operational at that time. If your e-mail address changes, you should update it as soon as possible.

Does the festival project film, tape or digital?

WILLiFEST utilizes the latest HD digital projection technology. We project from an HD file-based server. We no longer project from any videotape format or film. Most accepted films are requested to send a 1080p (1920×1080) 16:9 progressive high definition file version of the film in an .mp4 or .mov format. If you have questions concerning the exhibition format, feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Do you offer submission fee waivers?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Submission fees go toward offsetting a portion of the costs associated with promoting our festival on Withoutabox, FilmFreeway, print ads, and local events. These expenses always end up being subsidized by us. The extremely high cost of organizing and hosting the actual festival in September is borne by sponsors and us. We keep both our submission fees and festival ticket prices as low as possible in order to make entry and attendance as accessible as possible. We receive many requests for waivers from filmmakers during our Call for Entries and after discussing the issue at length, we have decided that in all fairness we cannot pick and choose which films to grant waivers to. Therefore, we ask that you consider submitting your film early to take advantage of our Early Bird deadline discount, Withoutabox members receive a discount and as an added incentive, we offer a student filmmaker discount, which applies to every category.

If my film is not chosen, may I speak with a programmer for notes or feedback?

We receive hundreds of submissions so, unfortunately, we cannot.

Is there a screenplay competition at the festival?

Yes! There is a separate screenplay competition. We also accept stage plays, teleplays and web series. During the Call for Entries period, you can apply through the www.withoutabox.com or www.filmfreeway.com online submission platforms. We select three top winners plus award honorable mention to additional deserving screenplays and feature all of them on the Awards page of our website. All winners are invited to attend the festival as our guests for great networking opportunities with filmmakers.

What other competitions do you offer?

Besides film and screenplay competitions, we additionally offer Commercial, Soundtrack, TV/Web Episode and Trailer competitions. During the Call for Entries period, you can submit a sample of your film score or soundtrack and the other videos through the www.withoutabox.com or www.filmfreeway.com online submission platforms.

Can I mail in submission, exhibition or marketing materials?

Since we have gone paperless and green, we are no longer accepting any paper marketing materials (posters, postcards). Submissions will only be accepted online through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway. Exhibition copies are HD files sent to us through any file transfer platform such as WeTransfer or Google Drive.

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