Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.

The Macon Film Festival is heading into its 16th year with a four-day festival planned for August 19th - 22nd. The Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters in the city's downtown district and also provides virtual screening opportunities for official selection filmmakers on the Macon Film Festival channel on Film Festival Flix. The festival features daily film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, and workshops throughout the festival weekend.

The 2021 call for submissions will open in late September and will run through mid March 2021.

The Melvyn Douglass 'Best in Show' Award: $1,200
Best of 'Narrative Feature' Category : $1,000
Best of 'Documentary' Category: $1,000
Best of 'Music' Category: $800
Best of 'Georgia Made' Category: $800
Best of 'Narrative Shorts' Category: $800
Best of 'LGBT' Category: $800
Best of 'Student Shorts' Category: $500
Audience Choice - Macon Made Shorts: $500
The Karen Black Audience Choice - Narrative: $500
Audience Choice - Documentary: $500

Submission Rules

1. Submission Formats: Online screeners must be embedded in each film's FilmFreeway submission profile. DVD submissions, download links or stand-alone links will not be accepted.

Only completed entry packets will be processed and considered for festival presentation. A complete entry packet includes:

-- An online screener embedded in a FilmFreeway submission. Passwords are encouraged.
-- Completed submission online form (Macon Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect.)
-- Submission fee (made payable to Macon Film Festival)
-- Digital Press kit (2 Hi-Resolution JPEG stills from the film. No behind scenes stills please.)
-- Brief film synopsis

2. Each entry must be a separate submission. If you select more than one film category for your film you must pay the full entry fee for each category.

3. Student films must include a copy of a current student ID or proof of current enrollment. Copies of student ids can be uploaded to FilmFreeway or e-mailed to

4. Complete submission packets must be completed by deadline dates below.

-- Super Early Deadline - November 13, 2020
-- Regular Deadline - February 2, 2021
-- Late Deadline - February 26, 2021
-- Last Call Deadline - March 18, 2021

5. Works in progress are not encouraged. Submissions will be jurored in the state they are received.

6. To qualify for the 2021 Macon Film Festival submissions must have been completed after May 31, 2019. Submissions completed prior to May 31, 2019 will not be accepted.

7. All official selection films selected to be in competition for the 2021 festival will not be eligible to receive screening fees.

8. Official selection filmmakers are required to provide one digital file of their official selection film for festival screenings. Digital screener files must be either Pro-Res or H.264 file formats. Hard copies of the film will also be accepted in Blu-ray or DVD NTSC format. PAL formatted DVDs are not accepted.

9. If your film is selected as an official submission the cost of shipping hard copies of festival screeners to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.

10. All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to the Macon Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

11. Hard copies of official selection screeners will NOT be returned unless the submission filmmaker provides a self addressed stamped envelope. No exceptions.

12. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

13. By submitting the filmmaker confirms that they are duly authorized to submit the film to the Macon Film Festival without the consent of any third party (or, if the consent of other parties is required, all of them are also signing this Agreement).

14. By submitting the filmmaker confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival. The film does not violate any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any person or entity. Releases for music, images, content and talent must be obtained by the filmmaker. The Macon Film Festival is not liable for copyright infringement or unauthorized use.

Overall Rating
  • Ronald Parker

    great experience for first time

    November 2020
  • Mike Pniewski

    These guys were great to us!

    October 2020
  • I had a wonderful experience with the Macon Film Festival. The communication from the festival was top-notch, truly probably the best of any festival I've interacted with so far. The emails and information were constant and clear. They did great with their adaptation into a virtual format in this strange year, and I was happy they invited me to participate in a Zoom interview in support of my film. All in all, it was a great experience and I can't wait to submit again in the future and hopefully get to visit Macon in person for this festival in coming years.

    September 2020
  • Jennifer Trudrung

    I'm a big fan of this incredibly supportive and important film festival. They have a huge heart and give lots of support for independent filmmakers and have a strong desire for finding unique voices. They really stepped up this year with having to have a virtual film festival and I appreciate all their hard work. Thank you for including Here There Be Tygers!

    August 2020
  • April Kelley

    I adore the Macon Film Festival... Their communication is above and beyond - a special shout out to Tabitha. They've continued to support our films over the years and very much look forward to hopefully being a part of a future festival!

    August 2020