The WVIFF was organized in October 1985 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and hosted its first annual Fall Film Festival at the historic WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers Street. The first Spring Festival was in 1986. Filmmakers, film distributors, film producers, animators, screenwriters, film scholars, and journalists have appeared as guests during both the Spring and Fall Film Festivals.
Since at least 1987, the WVIFF has approached West Virginia artists to create promotional designs for placement on official WVIFF merchandise. In 2001 the WVIFF was honored by Governor Bob Wise. The governor’s recognition of the WVIFF ‘s impact on the culture and economy was the reason the organization was dubbed the “Official State Film Festival of the State of West Virginia”. Over the years WVIFF has embraced and celebrated diversity and tolerance through the film arts and have offered unique opportunities to break down barriers sometimes associated with race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity and other issues which are part of the human experience.
The WVIFF’s mission is to encourage, support, and promote the Film Arts; to plan, organize, and present an annual Fall Film Festival of critically acclaimed and culturally diverse domestic and foreign language feature films unlikely to be exhibited theatrically in West Virginia; to plan, organize, and present an annual Spring Film Festival of critically acclaimed and culturally diverse domestic and foreign language feature films and documentaries, West Virginia-produced/related films, and educational programming; to conduct these activities for entertainment, educational, and audience-development purposes; to encourage local and statewide film and video production; and to carry on any business connected therewith.
If you have a specific accommodation request, including American Sign Language interpretation, please contact us. Sign language interpreters are available for all panel discussions upon request. Please submit requests one week in advance so that we have ample time to schedule an interpreter. Please include the date or dates you plan to attend.
Physical Access, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Resources
We are committed to making screenings and festival events accessible to all attendees. We are continually looking for ways in which we may improve our services, and welcome your comments and questions. We have audio devices available at our theaters and show many subtitled films
The WVIFF follows regulations in the Americans with Disabilities Act and is committed to serving all people in our community.
Accessible Seats for patrons with disabilities and their companions are reserved and available for purchase at each venue. Unsold Accessible Seats may be released to individuals without disabilities when general seating sells out.
The box office at each venue is accessible.
Patrons with disabilities and their companions are encouraged to arrive early when attending movies. For further information or assistance with Accessible Seating please contact us.
For further information or assistance with accessibility please email us or call us at 304-395-6688.