If you think you know Mississippi ... think again! Jackson, Mississippi is the cultural crossroads of the south (hence the name - Crossroads Film Festival) and is the place where all the good stuff gets thrown together. This is where the music of delta Bluesman Robert Johnson runs straight into the home of the International Ballet Competition. We are home to Tennessee Williams, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, and some of the world’s greatest historians, photographers, and musicians.

We are also home to some real quirky and creative folks, fried catfish, sweet tea, and a film festival to rival the best of them. Since 2000, the Crossroads Film Society has hosted the annual Crossroads Film Festival, 75 -100 of the best and most innovative international, US, Southern, and Mississippi independent films. Come challenge Mississippi’s creative class & be showered in Southern hospitality. There’ll be cash prizes, Southern celebrities, workshops, daily receptions and nightly jukin’ with live music.

It’s all about your story. Share it. Come see us and we’ll show you a great time!

Filmmakers from Mississippi and around the world present and compete in the categories of Feature Film, Short, Documentary, Experimental, Foreign, Student, Music Video and Animation. Crossroads Film Festival awards between 10-15 pieces of handmade, local glass artwork each year, and many categories also win cash prizes. Each year a special award, the Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker, is given to a talented hometown filmmaker. The Ruma Award is a piece of commissioned artwork which is presented to the Ruma Award winner. Over the history of the festival, Ruma art has included paintings, sculptures, and even a set of wooden nesting dolls!

1. All entry deadline dates are enforced. All decisions made by Crossroads Film Festival are final.

2. By entering Crossroads Film Festival, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by the official rules of the Crossroads Film Festival.

3. Principals and those affiliated with Crossroads Film Society and Film Festival are eligible to submit films for consideration and competition and to be judged by an independent jury; however, they shall not be eligible for any monetary prize if that film is selected to receive an award. Films submitted by independent judges for Crossroads Film Festival are not eligible for competition during the year in which the judge serves on the jury panel for the Festival.

4. "Mississippi Filmmakers" must have a current Mississippi address.

5. Please submit in the correct category and by the stated deadlines. Festival organizers reserve the right to change a film entry’s category to the appropriate category, and to bill the filmmaker for any additional fees if necessary. Festival organizers also reserve the right to disqualify entries that have not been paid in full and/or have not been received by stated deadlines. All prices are given in US Dollars ($).

6. The Festival reserves the right to impose a $40 surcharge for returned checks.

7. In submitting films to the Crossroads Film Festival, the filmmaker represents that s/he is authorized to submit this film for screening at the Crossroads Film Festival. S/he acknowledges that the film may be screened more than once during the festival and for subsequent screenings Crossroads may use as "Best of the Fest," and/or other partnership screenings for which Crossroads may showcase accepted and screened films after the festival. S/he grants the Crossroads Film Society the nonexclusive right to use submitted materials in connection with any and all publicity and promotional materials regarding the festival. S/he warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agrees to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the Crossroads Film Society and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.


On the project form of your FilmFreeway filmmaker account, please include the following information:
1. Current, complete contact info (name, address, city/state/zip, phone, email).
2. Filmmaker(s) biography/resume.
3. Technical credits on the film: director(s), producer(s), year of production, country(ies) of production


The Crossroads Film Festival uses a private online service to screen films internally (screening & festival committee members and / or judges). The Crossroads Film Festival will make your film available online for viewing *unless you opt out.*

Please email info@crossroadsfilmfestival.com to opt-out of the service.

Crossroads Film Festival
P. O. Box 22604
Jackson, MS 39225-2604

Crossroads Film Festival
c/o Mississippi Arts Center
201 E. Pascagoula St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Phone: 601-345-5674

Overall Rating
  • David Bornstein

    I've screened twice at Crossroads, this past year was the first I was able to attend. Michele and her team go to great lengths to make sure all visiting filmmakers are having a great experience, I couldn't have asked for a better time. Paired with screenings at a great venue and fun filmmaker parties, I would highly recommend submitting to Crossroads, and I'd recommend attending even moreso!

    May 2018
  • Don Smith

    I had a great time at Crossroads Film Festival ,just being a part of this felt like winning.

    April 2018
  • great festival, great communication, one of the best festival ever, for sure I'll submit my work, hoping to be able to attend next year. good luck guys

    April 2018
  • Ravyn Blue

    The organizers went out of their way for the filmmakers. It was a wonderful experience. The variety of films showing was great and their was something there for everyone. The venue was elegant, and I loved see everyone's' work on the big screen.

    April 2018
  • I, unfortunately, wasn't able to attend but every aspect of it that I was part of was great. Michele gave me loads of info quickly and it sounds like the festival itself was a a lot of fun and very inspiring.

    April 2018