September 16, 17, 18, 2016
Shepherdstown, WV

Click here to view the 2016 Official Selection!

Cut to the Chase Film Festival’s  is excited to celebrate our fourth season. Our goal has been to produce an annual short film festival that encourages people to engage their artistic desire, to share their imagination, opinions and vision within the framework of the Cut to The Chase Film Festival guidelines.

Submit your movie and be a part of this up and coming Mid Atlantic Film Festival. We might be young, but we are fun and exciting. Kick off the event at our Premiere party. Meet other filmmakers, enjoy local food and drink. If you make the cut your film will be screened by our panel of judges from the film community and the audience. Prize money and Scissor Award our custom designed trophies will be awarded. Wrap Party to follow. Fan Fave will be awarded on Sunday afternoon. All films will be screened at the Historic Shepherdstown Opera House, home of the first taking movies in WV. Owned and operated by the 2014 WV Filmmaker of the Year, Lawrence Cumbo.

Our rules are simple. 8 minutes or less, including title and credits. Films must include the Key Element* for 2016. Here is a clue. What do humans, cucumber, clouds and Planet Earth have in common? Water.

Shoot on any device and download here. No worries all rules are listed in big letters, no fine print. Remember, It’s all about the story, your story!

* The Key Element is used as a time stamp to indicate that your film has been made for this year’s festival. So don’t get hung up on making a film about water. As a matter of fact think about all of the possibilities. Use an image, say the word, it’s that easy.