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American Conservation Film Festival
Where: Shepherdstown
When: Fall
Web: conservationfilm.org
Mission: Presentation of conservation-related films from around the world geared to engage, inform, and inspire. Join guest filmmakers for post-film discussions and other events. Filmmaker workshops also offered.

Appalachian Queer Film Festival
Where: Lewisburg
When: Fall
Web: aqff.org
Mission: Presentation of films that break down stereotypes and broaden minds throughout Appalachia. Join guest filmmakers for post-film discussions as well as other events.

Carnegie Film Series & On Screen/In Person
Where: Lewisburg
When: September through May
Web: carnegiehallwv.com/exhibitions-films
Mission: A cross-section of independent, art, classic, and foreign films screened at the Lewis Theatre. Screened at Carnegie Hall is On Screen/In Person featuring documentary films followed by Q&A with the filmmaker.

Cut to the Chase Film Festival
Where: Shepherdstown
When: Fall
Web: c2cfilmfestival.com
Mission: Annual short films festival showcasing local, regional and international filmmakers in multiple genres. Films may be 8 minutes or less, shot on any device, and must include a key element chosen every year. Join guest filmmakers for postfilm discussions, among other events.

Marshall Artists Series Film Festivals
Where: Huntington
When: Spring and fall
Web: marshall.edu/muartistseries/festivals
Mission: Presentation of critically acclaimed films from around the world over the course of one week every spring and fall.

Pare Lorentz International Film Festival
Where: Clarksburg
When: December
Web: filmfreeway.com/festival/

Mission: Named for the “Father of Documentary Film,” the festival presents great films from around the world. The late Pare Lorentz is a native of Clarksburg.

Plum Tuckered Film Festival
Where: Thomas
When: Spring
Web: plumtuckeredfilmfestival.org
Mission: A short film competition hosted in Tucker County, West Virginia, celebrating stories of life, adventure and culture.

Rocket Boys Film Festival
When: Fall
Web: http://www.rocketboysfestival.com/
Mission:To celebrate WV-related themes and WV-made films.

Shepherdstown Film Society
Where: Shepherdstown
When: Spring and fall
Web: shepherdstownfilmsociety.org
Mission: Coalition of local individuals and organizations dedicated to showcasing quality films during the spring and fall. Screenings are followed by post-film discussions.

West Virginia FILMmakers Festival
Where: Sutton
When: Fall
Web: wvfilmmakersfestival.org
Mission: The longest running independent film festival in the state, the festival supports all films while maintaining a special focus on films made in West Virginia, or made by West Virginia filmmakers, or made about West Virginia. The festival also bestows the annual West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Film Office.

West Virginia International Film Festival
Where: South Charleston
When: Spring and fall
Web: wviff.org
Mission: Presentation of critically acclaimed films from around the world that embrace diversity and tolerance and that foster conversations about global cultures.

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