The 4th Annual Lanett City Film Festival seeks to provide an exciting creative platform for filmmakers to have their work screened and judged. Our vision is to encourage filmmakers, both professional and beginning, along the film-making process and catapult them into their full potential.

The screenings will be held in the beautiful and historic town of Lanett, Alabama - just minutes south of Auburn University. New Horizon Community Theater will serve as the main screening venue. Other venues also include Lanett City Hall, and the Jane K Farrar Event Center.

The festival will screen shorts and features, including narratives, documentaries, and more… in both showcase and competition settings. There will be opportunities for filmmakers to interact with the audience as well as other filmmakers. Some of the other fun extras offered to festival-goers include sidewalk boutiques and food trucks throughout downtown Lanett.

Best Feature Film

Best Short Film

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Feature Length Documentary

Best Short Documentary

Our Top Honor Award - The Lanett City Award

1. All films must have been completed and submitted by April 30, 2020.
2. Must be able to prove ownership.
3. Films must be submitted via online screener through FilmFreeway.
4. "Feature Films" are classified as films with a total run-time (TRT) of 00:50:00 minutes or more.
5. "Short Films" are classified as films with a total run-time (TRT) between 00:03:00 minutes and 00:45:00 minutes. Films shorter than 00:03:00 will be disqualified. Films longer than 00:45:00 minutes that have been submitted to the Short Film category will be disqualified.
6. Documentaries can be any length of time but typically are 00:60:00 in length.
7. Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.
8. You may submit more than one film, but you must complete two different submissions.
9. By submitting to The Lanett City Film festival, you claim to have all necessary film festival rights to display, project and screen your film online or live.
10. Your film must not be available online for viewing.

It is highly recommended that all films submitted have a trailer. If your film does not have a trailer, please reach out to us to coordinate having one made for you.


By submitting your film, the filmmaker represents that he/she is authorized to submit this film for screening at the 2020 Lanett City Film Festival. The filmmaker acknowledges that the film may be screened more than once during the festival. The filmmaker(s) grants the Lanett Film Festival the non-exclusive right to use submitted materials in connection with any and all publicity and promotional materials regarding the festival. The filmmaker(s) warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agree to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the Lanett City Film Festival and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.

If the filmmaker(s) does not comply with the deadline to receive the film, the film can be pulled from the festival lineup. Acceptance does not guarantee a juried slot, but the filmmaker(s) will be notified upon acceptance if a juried film in competition or a special screening.

By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.

Overall Rating
  • Marc Menet

    Kudos to Eric and the team for a great experience. Was proud to show our film at the festival and hope to submit more in the future. Highly recommend this festival. Had an amazing Q and A with really thoughtful questions and a really warm reception to our documentary.

    August 2020
  • Joshua Hooks

    Eric B. Wright, a fantastic festival host! As an LA based actor, new to the world of filmmaking and festivals, I could not have chosen a better festival to be a part of. Eric hosts a very friendly, creative, and seamless experience using a platform that is adjusting to the days of Covid and online film festivals. The Zoom Q & A’s were great! Eric is a wonderful moderator and was able to get a lot of info out of filmmakers prior to screenings. I highly recommend!

    August 2020
  • Edina Kishonthy

    Great festival. I appreciate that Eric reached out to me and we had a Zoom Q & A about my film. This gave me the opportunity to share my journey in filmmaking. Eric asked great questions, I can tell that he cares about independent filmmakers, as he is also one, himself.

    August 2020
  • Eric did a great job with the virtual screenings. Easy and prompt communication. It was a slate of high-quality films and we were honored to be a part of it.

    August 2020
  • April Grace Lowe and Craig Jessen

    Eric Wright’s efforts to transition the 2020 event into an online format were nothing short of Herculean. Wonderful lineup of films, and the Q&A’s were entertaining and educational, both in learning about other filmmakers’ techniques and strategies, and getting a behind the scenes look at how festivals are organized and run. Communication was responsive and comprehensive. We were so honored to exhibit our film Beyond Methuselah at the Lanett City Film Festival, and can’t wait to visit in person after the pandemic is over.

    August 2020