The DTC (Downtown Covington) Film Festival will provide a warm and welcoming environment for filmmakers to screen their work and interact with the audience in one of Louisiana's most beautiful hotels.

Our goal is to spotlight unique stories and award filmmakers for their cinematic achievements.

All films will screen at the luxurious Southern Hotel in the heart of Downtown Covington, located just 45 minutes from New Orleans. The Southern Hotel’s vaunted history of hospitality began in 1907 as a physical and spiritual retreat where visitors could re-energize amidst the cool breeze, piney woods and mineral springs. Today visitors can enjoy Downtown Covington's Art Galleries, Boutiques, award winning Restaurants, Farmer's Market and Parks, as well as live music and night life all with in walking distance of the hotel.

The festival will screen shorts and features, including narratives, documentaries, and student films. There will be panel discussions as well as opportunities for filmmakers to interact with judges and the audience at several social events.

The selection process will be conducted by a panel of judges. The Southern Hotel is serving as the host of our festival and will play no role in the selection process.

No waivers, please don't ask.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Short Documentary Film
Best Student Film
Best Foreign Film

We're not really into rules, but...

No unlicensed music or footage.

All works must be submitted via FilmFreeway as an online screener.

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  • Victoria Greene

    I loved attending the innagural DTC Short Film Festival and was blown away by the quality of the films and the suport of the local community. The venue, a local hotel was absolutely charming, the hospitality and communication excellent and the film fest director could not have been more accommodating. My doc, “Monster in the Bayou” opened the fest and I was stuck in traffic, running a little late. They waited 15 minutes, so that I could introduce the film. Also, have never before been greeted to a film fest being offered champagne and gourmet popcorn as I entered the screening room, very cool! Thank you for including me in this lovely fest; am looking forward to attending next year.

    June 2018
  • Sandy Parker

    This wonderful little festival is a real class act! The partnership between the festival and the venue, the Southern Hotel, made for a truly memorable experience. The Southern Hotel is the kind of place where you just want to wander about, gazing at all the details - the furniture, architecture, art, and the cozy fireplace in the center of the lobby. The hotel bar (another gorgeous space!) provided free water and coffee to the filmmakers, and the festival provided delicious gourmet popcorn at the screenings. These little things really go a long way, especially because, when you're watching movies all day long, you can get pretty hungry! I saw some terrific films and was able to network with filmmakers whom I already knew, and who I was meeting for the first time. The after-party in the bar was another great chance to connect. I was able to take a break to get dinner at one of the many nice restaurants in the neighborhood. This is a well-run festival that I expect will have a long future!

    March 2018
  • Jason Seelmann

    I could not be prouder to have our film "The One I Adore" selected for the festival's inaugural year. Thank you so much!

    January 2018
  • Julia Bhansali

    This was such a wonderful experience! The venue was fantastic and everyone was so so welcoming and friendly. I can’t wait to submit again next year.

    January 2018
  • Kyle Kleinecke

    Although I was unable to attend due to an illness, the Downtown Covington team did a great job communicating with me from the moment our short film, "The Pickle" was selected. They took lots of photos and it looks like a missed a great time. I hope to submit new work so that I can attend in the future.

    January 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Kyle! You were missed.