Programming is designed to not only bring together Williamsburg residents, students of the College of William & Mary, and international filmmakers, but to engage them in the festival experience and bring about a better understanding of international film and its place in our community.

The festival strives to highlight global filmmaking by showing films from a variety of international locales and bringing in visiting filmmakers from all over the world.

The festival continues its commitment to promoting student work through workshops and film competitions, including the 24Speed Competition and the DIY/FIY Competition, featuring international as well as local submissions of narrative, documentary, and animated student-produced short films. The winners of these competitions are announced at various pre-screening events and receptions during the festival weekend.

Programming also includes two pre-festival event series in conjunction with a one-credit class, held on Wednesday nights in January. A series of five films are introduced by members of the William & Mary faculty or other experts who give insight into the context of the film and its interpretation. The second series is the family matinees of four family films, which are played Saturday mornings throughout January.