The WAFL festival is a showcase inviting any user of a smartphone to leverage the micro movie studio that's in it. We believe that these tools can create democratization in filmmaking, and we want to provide a place for what is at once the most accessible but perhaps the hardest of movie forms: the 90-second movie. It is the haiku of filmmaking. Take out your phone, and make a movie.
To add to the challenge, and to tie all the submissions together, each year we impose two different elements that must be contextually included in the movie. The first year of the festival, the two elements were Wig and Fishing Line...Thus, the WAFL festival.
WAFL is held each year, on line, and in the Spring. See the rules, below.
Daniel Z Barber, returning as host for the 2021 WAFL, announcing the May 1st, 2021 event.
WAFL 2021 host Daniel Z Barber grills without mercy Elliot Hartley, WAFL 2020 Golden WAFL winner.
Suki Medencevic ASC, WAFL Jury president, provides insight on why and how...
**** FREE TO ENTER! ****
FILMMAKERS COMPETE TO BE ONE OF THE 9 FINALISTS!
NEXT FESTIVAL HELD
in the Spring of 2022- sign up to be updated.
The 9 finalists will be announced at the start of the WAFLfest, and all be screened DURING the festival.
RULES FOR 2021 ENTRIES WERE:
Each entry must come from one individual as the auteur. You, the filmmaker, must shoot your movie entirely on one smart phone (one phone only for all visual source material of your entry - the jury can ask to see your phone files). So: one creator, one phone for each WAFL entry. All optical and mechanical accessories are acceptable. You may edit on any platform. You may use actors, production crew, musicians, lighting, special effects, audio cues and any other outside help or technology in the production of your movie.
The two required elements IN 2021 WERE: HIGH HEEL and BUTTON. The two 2022 elements will be announced on January 1st, 2022. In the course of your movie’s narrative, the notion, image of, or reference to those two elements (together or separately) must be evident.
Your movie must be 90 seconds, no longer, no shorter...
o A front card for title and filmmaker’s name should be added at the front (ahead) of the 90-second movie but cannot advance or impact the narrative...
o Credits for acting and production help, music etc. can optionally be added at the end of the movie, should be no more than 20 seconds, (in addition to the 90-seconds and the title card), and the credits cannot in any way impact the movie narrative.
SIGN-UP FOR WEEKLY UPDATES :
Send an email to WAFLfestival@gmail.com with your name and phone number in the body. There is no need for any additional information, though you are welcome to send questions or comments.
SUBMITTING YOUR MOVIE:
To qualify, a movie must meet the above rules and must be submitted as an .mp4 file
The WAFL Festival and Award was held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, and online exclusively, via Zoom. [The online venue will be announced on this site the day of, or to receive notification, please sign-up for our updates at the bottom of this page.]
WAFL FESTIVAL JUDGING for 2021:
- The jury will consist of 3 film industry professionals, led this year by WAFL board member Suki Medencevic ASC, and we are honored to have Screenwriter/Director Nick Castle, and Actor/Producer Tarena Pouncy on this stellar panel.
- Judging will be based on (at the judges’ discretion)
script originality and impact of the work;
creative introduction of the two required pieces (the how, why, when, where and how those two elements exist in your movie’s narrative) ;
adherence to the entry rules of the festival.
AWARDS AND PRIZES:
The WAFL Festival winner will be awarded
* the 2021 WAFL, the statuette! *
* the right to name the two required elements for the 2022 WAFL festival *
* 4 free months of a Gold Membership to WeMakeMovies.org *
(See what's included)
* Film Distribution Blueprint, at the Independent Fim Hustle Academy. *
Founder and president Alex Ferrari will put you in his IFH Academy course where you will learn insider moves on how to negotiate distribution deals for your feature film, even if it's shot on your smartphone.
The 2021 Audience Award will receive
* Light and Face: the art of Cinematography, from IFH Academy *
Taught by WAFL jury president Suki Medencevic ASC, this film class brings major motion picture know-how to films of any budget, including smartphone films.
The nine 2021 Finalists will each receive
* a 6-month subscription to Indie Film Hustle *
This is like a ticket to a free education on how to make rad movies from your smartphone, no matter what you plan to do with it: shoot commercials and promote yourself or your product online, shoot a pilot, make a video christmas card, become a professional filmmaker.
RIGHTS AND EXHIBITION:
- WAFL Festival will make no claim to the copyright of any work submitted into the festival, but submission to the festival grants a non-commercial license in perpetuity to show the work on the WAFL website and as part of the annals and promotional resources of the WAFL festival.
- The WAFL Festival is neither a business venture nor supportive of any sort of commercial enterprise. There is no cost to register, submit, or participate in WAFL Festival.
ABOUT WAFL AND ITS HISTORY:
- WAFL stands for the two required elements in the 2020 fest, which were: wig and fishing line.
- The entries for the first WAFL, and the winning submission, can be seen on the WAFL2020 website
- WAFL is a volunteer-run organization with no motive other than to get you to make a movie.
For more info: WAFLfestival@gmail.com