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. Our 2021 organization/theme will be announced soon.

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.

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

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

Overall Rating
  • Ken Sagoes

    We are deeply honored that our short film “The McHenry Trial - Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie" was included in your festival. The event is well-organized with great communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    December 2021
  • George Tramountanas

    Fantastic festival in a terrific venue! They make all filmmakers feel like part of the team!

    October 2021
  • Thomas Grant

    What a lovely theater and a wonderful group of people! I had an amazing time showing our film. I highly recommend the venue and the organizers.

    October 2021

    Despite this (2020) being the worst year ever for film festivals, Etowah still managed to pull it together. Thank you to the organizers for making this festival happen. All aspects where very professional. We were very happy to be included this year.

    September 2020
  • Jennifer Dunn

    Etowah Film Festival did a wonderful job with a challenging scenario - going online. I highly recommend this film festival to my fellow filmmakers.

    September 2020