Wayne State College

Wildcat Spirit Short Film Festival

A great opportunity to meet other filmmakers and grow in your filmmaking skills! Open to high school and undergraduate college students from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Film Categories

  • Short Shorts: Films five minutes or less
  • Narrative: Scripted narrative projects not to exceed 20 minutes
  • Comedy: Comedic short projects not to exceed 20 minutes
  • Documentary: Documentary films not to exceed 20 minutes
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy: Films with Sci-Fi / fantasy themes. These films may also be entered in narrative and/or horror.
  • Horror: Films with horror themes. These films may also be entered in narrative and/or Sci-Fi.

Division awards are given to those who attend.

The public portion of the 2023 Wildcat Spirit Film Festival will be held at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Majestic Theater in Wayne, Neb.

View films from the 2020 festival:


Information on Submitting Films

Film Freeway

Rules and Guidelines

Entries received late or incomplete may be disqualified. If you are submitting multiple films, each film must be submitted as a seperate entry.

If a film is not in English, it must have legible English language subtitles.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. Wildcat Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement relateed to the work.

Every precaution will be taknen to safeguard all materials sent to the festival, but the festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the festival.

Each official selection will require the following:

  • Full cast and crew list.
  • Film synopsis: 120-word logline/synopsis of the film and a 20-word logline/synopsis of the film. Short films are only required to provide the 20-word logline.

Stated submitter will be considered the contact person for the film and thus will be the only one receiving emails and information regarding the status of the film's acceptance in the festival.

Notification of Entry Status: Filmmakers will be notified as to whether or not their film has been offiically selected. Upon acceptance, you will receive an email verifying your acceptance.


Dr. Michael White
[email protected]

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