The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival returns for its 19th year.

Each year, in the first week of October, filmmakers and enthusiasts from all over the world gather for the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, the oldest independent film festival in the state. Approaching its 19th year in historic Sutton, the festival is open to all directors but specifically celebrates West Virginia filmmakers with special awards and showings.

Caitlin Renee Campbell, the festival’s director and a native of Sutton, first attended the festival as a fan. She then started submitting films, eventually winning one of the awards, before taking over as director six years ago. She now lives and works in Santa Monica, California, but continues to invest time and energy into her home state’s celebration of the art of film. “For a state that doesn’t have a film office and doesn’t have a film school, the talent that is there and the people telling stories are phenomenal,” she says.

The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival will take place October 5–7, 2018, in Sutton. For more information or tickets, visit


written by Jennifer Skinner

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