The Etowah Film Festival manifested from a simple question: How is a city with such a beautiful theatre not hosting an amazing film festival?

Canton, Georgia is only 30 miles north of Atlanta and home to the historic Canton Theatre. Its history dates back to 1911 when the theatre was a popular scene for silent movies. Canton has since become a popular location for recent Hollywood productions like "American Made" and "Hidden Figures" and the theatre still showcases movies and live theatrical productions.

This festival takes its name from the Etowah River, which powered the textile mills that helped put the city of Canton on the map. In the spirit of the Etowah River, we are dedicating a block of films to exploring the preservation and protection of nature. This year, a portion of the proceeds of the festival will go to the Upper Etowah River Alliance, whose mission is to protect the Etowah River, one of the most biodiverse watersheds in the nation.

Each filmmaker that submits will get three free months of RoleCall Plus, a platform that connects casting with their talent in a seamless and precise way. It’s a single point of communication and information for everything casting.

Winning filmmakers get one year free!

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$500 cash prizes will be awarded to the best films in each of the categories.

Best Documentary (short or feature)
Best Environmental Subject (short or feature)
Best Narrative Short
Best Narrative Feature
Best Student Short

Filmmakers, or representatives for the film, must attend the festival in order to receive the cash prize. An RSVP email will be sent out to all accepted filmmakers prior to the event.

Digital submissions only. Accepted filmmakers will be asked to provide high quality Quicktime files of their films through Dropbox or another cloud storage service (preferably Dropbox though).

Submitting filmmakers must activate RoleCall Plus by June 1, 2019.

Winning filmmakers must activate RoleCall Plus by July 1, 2019.