What makes Freedom Festival International a one-of-a-kind festival is, not only do we highlight underrepresented groups, have additional awards for Best Fight/Stunt Choreography and Best Score/Original Composition, but we are centrally located in the heart of the city surrounded by amazing amenities and great social networking opportunities for independent filmmakers from around the world. We kick off the festival with an amazing music concert followed by a torch lighting ceremony the next morning before the first screenings. There will be workshops throughout the festival such as scoring/music composition, SFX makeup, writing, and the only hosted fight/stunt choreography workshop at a film festival in the world. In addition to this, there will be panel discussions with leading industry professionals and awesome after party mixers at the end of each day the festival concludes at places such as Liberty Tap Room and World of Beer.

This international festival's Official Selections will be screened and compete for the "Torch Awards" at Tapp's Art Center in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. With over two dozen categories, these prestigious awards are just the tip of the iceberg. We will also be giving cash prizes, software, critique and feedback, streaming opportunities, and entry for competition into the Rising Star Academy Awards for the winner of the Best of the Fest Torch Award.

Freedom Festival International is a festival dedicated to showcasing, promoting, and networking independent filmmakers and the great films they've made from around the world. With the additional highlighting of women and veteran filmmakers, we will honor an influential woman and veteran with the coveted Humanitarian Torch Award. This is fitting in conjunction with the month of August celebrating the holidays of Purple Heart Day and Women's Equality Day right after the festival concludes.

We are seeking films and screenplays that coincide with the categories listed such as Action, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Animation, Documentary, Student, and Unproduced Screenplays. With all of the Official Selections that will be screened at the festival, we will provide two VIP passes for each selected film so that they can attend the entire festival and see firsthand how everyone responds to their beautiful work, which will give a great opportunity for the filmmakers to network with other filmmakers, fans, and potential investors and distributors. We will also be giving these filmmakers a gift bag full of keepsakes and memorabilia to take home.

Our coveted "Torch Award" trophies will be awarded for:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Producer
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Fight/Stunt Choreography
Best Score/Original Composition
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best SFX
Best Unproduced Screenplay
Best Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Action
Best Drama
Best Horror
Best Comedy
Best South Carolina (Feature)
Best South Carolina (Short)
Audience Choice Award
Best Veteran (Feature)
Best Veteran (Short)
Boss Female (Feature)
Boss Female (Short)
Best of the Fest

In addition to the Torch Awards, we will also be giving a $500 cash prize to the Best of the Fest and entry into the Rising Star Academy Awards, Screenwriting Software to the Best Unproduced Screenplay, and free streaming on the SIIKETV network for international independent film.

We welcome films that have been produced after January 1, 2017. We will be accepting film from all countries in the world. If a film becomes an Official Selection, then we will need either a DCP or downloadable mp4 format of the film for exhibition at the festival. Specifics will be corresponded through email upon acceptance. If the film is not in English, then it will be required for the film to display English subtitles.

Films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals in addition to the festival Directors. Films selected will be notified via email correspondence and their exhibition copy will have to be delivered and received no later than July 1, 2020. Upon retrieval of exhibition copy, additional promotional material will be corresponded via email as well. Each selected film will be given two VIP All Access Passes to the festival upon arrival. Additional passes can be purchased in advance or at the door when tickets go on sale. It will also be required for selected filmmakers to provide a trailer of their respective films for promotional use of the festival after receiving notification of acceptance.

Freedom Festival International for August of 2020 will be held at Tapp's Art Center in downtown Columbia, SC. Follow the website and all social media for updates. All other questions and inquiries can be directed to the festival organizers.

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  • Anil Dhokai

    Awesome Film Festival! Very professional and well put together. A great outlet for connecting filmmakers and audiences.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your support, and it was an honor to screen your amazing film! We look forward to next year and hope to see more of your awesome work!

  • Tamara Nance

    Overall very good first time film festival. Directors seem to genuinely love film and want to produce a quality festival. Met some great people. Loved the emphasis on veterans. So happy my 91-year-old veteran was able to attend and so grateful for the awards (which looked great!) Wishing them all the best for continued success!!!

    September 2019
  • My personal experience with the Freedom Festival International was outstanding! I'm humbled and grateful to have been selected among some of the best writers in the industry for my work with Cutting Edge! Thank you, Freedom Festival International!

    September 2019
  • David Luck

    The Freedom Festival is one film festival that I will continue to summit!. Fantastic job, Freedom Team!!!!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your continued support! It was a joy and an honor to screen your film, and everyone loved it!

  • Robbie Robertson

    It was such an honor for my film to be named Best SC produced short and Best (overall) Short at this festival! It was especially nice to be recognized by a festival in a location where my film was actually shot, particularly rewarding for my cast and crew who worked so hard. Many thanks to Faith and her crew for the encouragement and praise and continued success to this festival!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for giving us the pleasure of screening your film! Everyone loved it! We hope to see you at our next year’s event so you can get a firsthand experience of our festival and meet many of the people who are now fans of your work, to include us. We’re glad to see such great work coming from the Carolinas!