NWOFF celebrates great cinema without investing in the surrounding hype. The art and craft of moviemaking takes center stage at this festival, with a focus on educating, enlightening, and inspiring filmmakers of the future by honoring some of the great talents of the present. Each film selected for the festival will receive two complimentary VIP all-access passes, and each selected filmmaker will have the opportunity to engage directly with audience members by way of a post-screening Q&A. Workshop and panel participation may also be offered, for those filmmakers who seek additional opportunities to create and nurture new relationships.
NWOFF offers a range of cash prizes and honors in competitive categories including Outstanding Director, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Screenplay, Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Original Score, and Outstanding Cinematography. A Grand Prix Award of $1,000 USD will be granted to the year's best film.