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What does WCFF do? Is it just a film festival?
Youth Film Productions a nonprofit arts organization founded in 2014 is presenting West Covina Film Festival with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. West Covina Film Festival is a curator and supporter of purposeful student filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over West Covina. The films we select and exhibit, whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences perspectives on the world, all have one thing in common, they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain.

Why is it important for WCFF to exist? How does the community benefit?
Do the movies you watch matter? Do they do more than just entertain? The films we select and exhibit, whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences perspectives on the world, all have one thing in common, they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain.

How can I see festival movies again?
The movies showcased at the West Covina Film Festival are independent films, meaning that they do not have distribution. The only opportunity to see a large share of these films is at mvpchannel.net, you can check your local television listings to see if preheated with Letty Lopez is in rotation.

How can I become a volunteer?
You can sign up by visiting the West Covina Film Festival website www. westcovinafilmfestival.com, the volunteer sign up page.

Are West Covina Film Festival student films just from students from West Covina?
Yes, the West Covina Film Festival offers student cinema and features independent film from all over West Covina. West Covina middle and high school student filmmakers are more than welcome to submit their films!

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What are short films?
Short films are movies which have a shorter duration than feature films, typically less than 40 minutes in length. The West Covina Film Festival only accepts films 6 minutes or less in duration.

How can I get involved?
Your time, talent and gifts are vital to the future of Youth Film Productions for the West Covina Film Festival. As a nonprofit organization we exist by the generosity of people who, like us, believe in the transformative power of film. You can get involved with the West Covina Film Festival by making a donation, becoming a volunteer or becoming a sponsor.

What is the film selection process?
Initially, films are viewed by one of three screening committees, Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Short Film categories, which consist of 15-20 volunteers apiece. Committee members, each having taken a critical examination are hand-selected by West Covina Film Festival staff. A combination of scoring and discussion among these committee members and our artistic director/programming staff ultimately decide the lineup of the West Covina Film Festival. From this pool of selections, 10-15 of each categorys highest scoring films are sent on the Festival Award jury. Consisting of film professionals, academics and critics, this jury will select the five best films within each category. These five best films, or Finalists, are all in contention for the Grand Prize within their respective category. The third, and final, jury tier is the Grand Prize jury. Comprised of diverse and tenured West Covina Film Festival screening committee members, this jury is tasked with selecting the top film within each prize category

How does a film get the City Councils Award?
The best film utilizing the theme, What I love about West Covina.

How do I enter the film festival?
You submit a film through your teacher, school advisor or you can self submit. Have your teacher reach out to us at westcovinafilmfestival.com