The Magnolia Independent Film Festival, the 1st film festival in the state of Mississippi, is a filmmaker-friendly festival encouraging both amateur and professional filmmakers.
The Magnolia Independent Film Festival or "The Mag" was founded by Ron Tibbett in 1997 in West Point, Mississippi and later moved to Starkville, MS. It was the first film festival to take place in Mississippi paving the way for the independent film community and other festivals within the state.
Now in its 23rd year, The Mag continues to bring inspiring independent cinema from around the world to small-town Mississippi. Attending filmmakers are given a very personal experience to network with fellow filmmakers and screen their films to an eager and engaged audience.
Hotel Accommodations! Accepted filmmakers are treated with the southern hospitality you'd expect from a southern film festival. Hotel accommodations are covered for filmmakers who attend from out of town and select meals are covered during your stay as part of parties and other events held in honor of the attending filmmakers.
Winners receive a beautiful stained and engraved glass magnolia in the following categories:
Best Short (Drama)
Best Short (Documentary)
Best Short (Comedy)
Best Short (Animation)
Best Home Grown
Best Student Film
Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Written Film
Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Film
Films are judged during the festival with the live audience, and awards are presented at an award's ceremony hosted after the Saturday night feature film.