Campbell, who is herself a filmmaker and former winner at the fest, said this award is as much about recognizing the state's film movement as a whole as it is about recognizing the contributions of the individual filmmakers themselves.
"It's someone who contributes to the state in a visual filmmaking style that brings West Virginia to the forefront," she said. "This award is for West Virginians, by West Virginians, about West Virginians and is really all about supporting this great state."
The recipient is presented with a bronze sculpture made by artist Bill Hopen and a $500 cash prize.
Campell said the cash prizes are intended to help filmmakers produce their work and support themselves while working on projects.
"When you're a filmmaker, you spend a lot of time in a dark room, getting it all put together and you eat peanut butter for weeks and months at time to get all your money together," she said. "So it is one of the areas that we look forward to raising the ceiling on our awards."
Past notable winners of the "Filmmaker of the Year" award include Morgan Spurlock - of "Super Size Me" fame - and celebrated PBS documentarian Mari-Lynn Evens.
The deadline for submitting an entry to this year's festival is Aug. 15.
For more information about the festival visit, https://sites.google.com/site/wvfilmmakersfest/home. To make a submission, visit the website's submissions tab and print of the submissions form. Mail completed forms to P.O box 382, Sutton, WV 26601.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.