The Johnson City Film Festival has expanded to become the Appalachian Film Festival! Our region is rich in creative arts and we are excited to invite you to submit to a festival surrounded by beautiful mountains, small town charm, and an audience eager for quality filmmaking.

We have categories for feature, short, documentary, student, and local, as well as awards for multiple categories.

Our screenings will take place in Johnson City and throughout the Appalachian Highlands region. The weekend is sure to be filled with amazing experiences and you have the opportunity to be part of the film revolution in Northeast Tennessee!

Prizes will be awarded, specific amounts and categories to be determined at a later date.

Rules of entry:


Films should be submitted online, via private or password protected Vimeo or YouTube links. Please ensure password is supplied with link.

Films must be submitted complete with English commentary and/or English dialogue or in the original version with English subtitles.

All submitting filmmakers and distributors will be notified of the official selections prior to the festival.


By submitting this film, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this film to the Johnson City Film Festival;

This film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever;

Filmmakers give permission to festival to use press kits, stills, short excerpts from any film accepted for exhibition for marketing and promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Was totally rad to be apart of the first film festival in my home town. I hope to see it happen again.

    February 2021
  • Aaron Thomas May

    This was a great, well-run festival! (Especially for the first annual) Lots of talent on display! Hope to come back!

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Aaron! And thanks for supporting our festival. We'll see you later this year :)

  • Samuel Scott

    I had an absolute blast attending a workshop, meeting new people and screening a movie. Johnson City is a hidden gem and they've placed this festival right in the heart of the community which instantly immerses you into the charm of this place and the storytellers and film lovers who call it home.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Sam, we were so happy to have you at the festival. Great job on your film and thanks for your support. We hope to see you back next year!

  • Don Hessell & Alan LaFave

    Johnson City Film Festival has accomplished more in their first year than many other festivals have with multiple years under their belt. The organizers are simply wonderful people who clearly have a passion for their festival, and that shows from the opening communication via email, to the closing night of the the JCFF, and beyond. It's easy to make friends with these people, and we look forward to returning regardless if we have a film selected. Oh, and Johnson City is a charming town filled with breweries, shops, and fantastic restaurants. This road trip from Michigan was worth it, and we recommend other filmmakers to consider making the trip. You don't want to miss this one!!

    Don & Alan

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you all so much. We were so excited to host you. Thanks for making the trip. We hope we made it worth your time. It was awesome meeting you and we'll be visiting Michigan!

  • Had a fantastic time at this festival. Thank you for including Ophelia in the line up. I saw some amazing, quality films and met some incredible people.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for coming! We enjoyed meeting you and thank you for sharing your talents with us. Hope to see you again in 2020.