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 Feature
Best Short (Drama)
Best Short (Documentary)
Best Short (Comedy)
Best Short (Animation)
Best Cinematography
Best Home Grown
Best Director
Best Student Film
Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Written Film
Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Film
Audience Choice

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.

Overall Rating
  • Olicer Munoz

    The Magnolia Independent Film Festival is an amazing festival for anyone looking to have a real film festival experience. The organizers are real filmmakers and film lovers who are involved in the Mississippi filmmaking scene. In other words, THEY CARE ABOUT YOUR FILM AND THEY RESPECT HOW HARD YOU WORKED TO GET YOUR FILM ON THE BIG SCREEN!

    I really believe that this festival has what it takes to be the #1 Midwest film festival. They're organized, hospitable, caring, and love having you there. This is a must festival.

    March 2019
  • Jason K. Allen

    I had a wonderful time at The Mag. Excellent films, friendly folks, tons of enthusiasm, great venue, fantastic food... and they have some of the best volunteers around. I especially enjoyed meeting so many talented filmmakers from all over the world. The Mag has quickly become one of my very favorite festivals. Looking forward to getting back there soon!

    March 2019
  • Daniel Wood

    I saw some wonderful films at "The Mag", and was lucky enough to have mine screened.

    March 2019
  • Victoria Greene

    What a fantastic film festival held in the quaint town of Starksville, MS; definitely one of my favorites on the film fest circuit. Because it was small, we really got to know the filmmakers, from all over the country and we were able to watch every single film! And the Southern hospitality, doesn’t get much better. Would like to add that the exec director and staff were super organized, accommodating and made each of us feel special. Thank you for including my doc, Forgotten Bayou, I will be back!

    June 2018
  • Brian Maurer

    This was a great festival, with a dedicated staff and attentive programmers. I got the opportunity to meet filmmakers from all around the country who attended this festival. I only wish I had spent more time getting to know the city a little more. The festival treated the filmmakers wonderfully, provided anything we needed, and were very attentive and excited to have us there. This is a great festival to consider for independent feature films and shorts.

    March 2018