We would like to take a minute to recognize all of this past year’s participants in our WV Wednesdays series and nominees for the Pamela Haynes Award for Excellence in West Virginia Filmmaking (the “Pammy” Award). Each of these films was either made by a WV filmmaker, stars one or more West Virginians and/or was filmed here in WV.

Following each screening, audiences rated the films and that was the basis for selecting one film from each category to receive a 2020 “Pammy”!

Join us at our Annual WVIFF Oscar Party to see who was selected as this year’s winner!

Cornered: A Fighter’s Story – Justin Belcher
Among Mountain Crags – Erin & Kyle Frederick
It’s Gonna Be a Punk Rock Summer – David Gravely and Shane Pierce
What About Auburn? – Richard Anderson
Andre Van Damme: The Story of the Charleston Ballet – Deborah Novak
In Tune: A Community of Musicians – Russ Barbour
Little Green Men – Sarah JM Kolberg
Feast of the Seven Fishes – Robert Tinnell

Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow – Emily Hilliard/West Virginia Folklife Program with West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Favorite Crayon – Lisa Tignor
Mountain Climbing – Quinton Miller
Another Word for Escape – Julian Murphy
Jewel City Revival – Mark Williams
Siri – Yogeshwara Gopal
The Man in the Wheelchair – Kevin Hogan
The Pumpkin House – Justin Prince
State Inspection – David Smith
Girl Friend – Laura Holliday


The WVIFF is committed to showcasing the amazing talent from within our state, whether it is the West Virginia-grown popcorn sold in our movie theater, West Virginia artists who design our t-shirts, or, of course, the films made by, about, and in the Mountain State.

Every month, for at least the first two Wednesdays of the month, the WVIFF showcases a film with ties to the state. From documentaries, horror, comedies, and everything in between, this is a chance to show off the great films with ties to our home.

All of the West Virginia-connected films we have shown at the Underground Cinema in 2019 will be considered for the Pammy Award, in the Spring of 2020, held at the WVIFF’s annual Oscar Party!


Showing This Month


Moondance is a zany musical comedy that follows a rogue director that turns a run of the mill Hollywood love story into a big band musical with the help of his crew and the out of the loop actors. Join the cast and crew at this exclusive opportunity to see Moondance...

River Of Hope

"River of Hope" tells the story of how a former slave Mary Barnes Cabell and her children helped found the first college for African Americans in West Virginia. Based on true events.

Born In A Ballroom

Join us for February's West Virginia Wednesday Film: Born in a Ballroom“Born in a Ballroom,” explores the relationship between the Hütte Restaurant, its founder, Eleanor Mailloux, and the rural Appalachian village she called home, Helvetia, West Virginia.The night of...

Feast Of The Seven Fishes

Join us for January's WV Wednesday film! December 23, 1983: Just days before Christmas, the Oliverio family readies their Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian tradition stretching back to the old country of Calabria. Amidst the preparations, Tony Oliverio, a young...

Little Green Men

Little green men is a documentary film about high school students searching for pulsars (a certain type of collapsed star) using radio astronomy data from West Virginia's Green Bank Telescope through the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC). Why little green men? No, our...

In Tune: A Community Of Musicians

A celebration of old-time music and its history in the Mountain State. Banjoist Kim Johnson and fiddler Cody Jordan will perform and join filmmaker Russ Barbour for a Q&A after the screening on November 6th. On the 13th, Kim Johnson returns with fiddler Bobby...

Andre Van Damme Story of the Charleston Ballet

Celebrate WV Wednesdays with two screenings of the Emmy Award-winning documentary "Andre Van Damme & the Story of the Charleston Ballet"! October 2 & 9, 2019 7 PMAdult: $9 Student: $5Tickets will be available online and at the door Produced by Witek &...

What is the Pammy Award?

The Pamela Haynes Award for Excellence in West Virginia Filmmaking (“Pammy”) is a new, annual award given by the WVIFF. Pam Haynes is the former Executive Director of the (now-defunct) West Virginia Film Office and former Executive Director and Board President of the WVIFF. Each year at our Oscar Party, the WVIFF will award the Pammy, as selected from the previous year’s best West Virginia-connected films shown at the Underground Cinema.

How can my film be considered for the Pammy Award?

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