The Black Cat Picture Show is an adjudicated film festival, currently the only one in Augusta, that provides a platform for independent film artists to exhibit their work, exchange ideas, and make connections. We endeavor to produce an event that includes all of the elements we love about film festivals, our event will be swanky but accessible. There will be a catered Film Artists' Reception in the bar of Le Chat Noir the first night of the festival, August 16; screenings of official selections will take place throughout the festival dates, August 16-18 in the theatre of Le Chat Noir, and the festival will conclude with an Award Ceremony on August 18th. Film Artists of official selections will receive two invitations to the Friday night Film Artists' Reception, two tickets to the screening block their film will be presented in, and two invitations to the Award Ceremony. Also, they can purchase additional festival tickets in advance and at a discount, and are eligible for discounts at participating hotels.

Our flagship venue, Le Chat Noir, is a 100-seat black box theatre located in downtown Augusta, GA. Like it's namesake, Le Chat Noir is known for bringing professional quality entertainment to the CSRA that previously was not being represented.

Student Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 100 U.S. Dollar

Short Narrative Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar

Feature Narrative Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Documentary Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 250 U.S. Dollar

Animation Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 150 U.S. Dollar

Audience Choice Award: 1st Place

Wages of Cine Award: 1st Place

- At this time we can only accept digital submissions. Submissions in a NTSC digital format (DVD, Blu-Ray) can also be mailed to us.

-Please do not submit your entry unless all requirements can be met. This includes your screener and submission fee. If submitting by mail please inform us of this. Submissions from the U.S. are expected in 7 business days. International submissions are expected in 14 business days. If these requirements are not met your submission will be rejected.

- Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017. Films must be available for screening during the Black Cat Picture Show, August 16-August 18.

- Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees

- You MUST include your physical address either in your FilmFreeway entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.


- Films must be feature-length narratives, 41 minutes or longer.

- Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.

- Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.
- Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from
accredited university or college).
-Can NOT enter same film into student and non-student.
- The film must be the work of a current student or completed
during the time the filmmaker was a student.

- Films must be Documentaries.

- Films must be Animation

A juried film festival open to any filmmaker. Submissions approved through the first round of adjudication will be screened during the festival and recognized as an “Official Selection of the Black Cat Picture Show.” The second round of adjudication will be of the official selections and will be awarded in their respective categories. In addition to the awards given we will also be recognizing:

- Audience Choice (Popular vote amongst the viewers by ballot)
- Wages of Cine (Best of the Worst, chosen by local production company, Wages of Cine, they have a taste for the tasteless)

Films that have been officially selected for screening will receive: two comp tickets for the Filmmakers Reception, two tickets to the screening block their film will be presented in, & two tickets to the award ceremony. Film Artists of official selections will also be allowed to purchase additional tickets to any screening block in advance and at a discount.

Overall Rating
  • Tracy Bishop

    What a fantastic event! 3 days (and nights) of great films and delicious food and networking in a fun atmosphere. Augusta is a wonderful city. Le Chat Noir is a terrific venue. Duane and the entire staff are extremely accommodating and hospitable. I cannot recommend the Black Cat Picture Show enough. We are so honored for Mercy's Kennel to have been selected to screen there. Thanks Y'all!

    August 2018
  • Nicholas Manting Brewer

    The festival was fun! I loved the venue and the proximity to downtown Augusta. The film selection was great, as well. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Overall, an incredibly fun festival. Small, but with a lot of heart!!

    August 2018
  • James Hughes

    Fantastic film festival ran by passionate people that love filmmakers and go out of their way to promote every Director and film in the lead-up to the festival.

    September 2017