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.

Each year, we have a special block of films centralized on one theme, with proceeds going to a local organization supporting the cause. This year's theme is Domestic Violence and we will be donating $500 to Cherokee Family Violence Center.

The Etowah Film Festival is dedicated to creating unique experiences throughout the festival that that engage audiences and filmmakers in new ways. We will announce new winning opportunities for filmmakers as they develop throughout the year.

Audience Choice
Best Feature (Narrative or Documentary)
Best Short (Narrative or Documentary)

Brews & Boos:
A winning horror feature, or a collection of winning horror shorts, will be screened on the patio at the brand new Reformation Brewery in Canton.

Saturday Morning Animation:
A winning animated feature, or a collection of winning animated shorts, will be screened on Saturday Morning for local low income kids.

Screenplay Competition & Quarantine Short:
Added in lieu of our delayed festival, the Screenplay Competition and Quarantine Short categories had been created to encourage creativity during this difficult time and employ creatives in the process! 100% of the submission fees will go to our judges, comprised entirely of filmmakers who have lost work.

IMPORTANT: Do not break your quarantine for filming! It's essential that filmmakers use the restrictions of proper quarantine to create their films. Be creative and stay safe.

Screenplay Prizes:
Three winning feature and three winning short screenwriters will take part in a live panel where they can discuss their scripts, talk screenwriting, and network with filmmakers and screenwriters alike. They will also receive a sponsor grab bag of gifts that will be announced as they come.

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).

Submissions must not include licensed or copyrighted material unless proof of permission is given with the submission.

Overall Rating
  • André Almeida Rodrigues

    Etowah Film Festival is a good film festival.

    December 2019
  • Tracy Bishop

    The Etowah Film Festival was the absolute best film festival I’ve ever had the good fortune to be a part of. Laine Kirby Wood and Brent Lambert-Zuffino teamed up to create the ultimate platform for Indy filmmakers in Canton, Georgia. The staff and volunteers were all extremely gracious and hospitable. The film blocks were well-thought out. The films were all fantastic. The panels and Q&A sessions were informative and insightful. There are not enough words in the English language to describe just how awesome this experience was. G.K. and I were honored to screen Mercy’s Kennel at the historic Canton Theatre. It was the absolute BEST! We are so proud that our film was featured here.

    June 2019