"A festival made by indie filmmakers, for indie filmmakers!! Amazing organizers and an impressive film line-up! I had a great time and met some extremely talented filmmakers." - Katey Perkins, filmmaker

"5 stars and all thumbs up! There was something special about this festival; a sense of professionalism, comradeship and fun and something else…warmth and light and an embracing spirit." - Bob Belinoff

* An international festival and IMDb qualifying event *

*** Covid-19 Festival update below ***

Southern States Indie FanFilmFest is held on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi, a historic coastal town with an international airport (GPT) minutes away or FLY INTO NEW ORLEANS (MSY) and party for the weekend!

From Austin to Charlotte and Miami to Baton Rouge, SSIFFF is an International film festival that also celebrates the creative talent and diversity of the American Southern States. We are dedicated to REAL INDIE FILMMAKERS. And although FILMS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM AROUND THE WORLD, additional categories are open for submissions from the following Southern States: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Arkansas.

SSIFFF celebrates the diversity of Americans along our beautiful southern coast - the longstanding Spanish traditions of Texas and Florida, French Creole and Cajun cultures of the former vast Louisiana territory, and the continually evolving cultures of southern blacks and whites. As gloriously diverse as any region on earth, in addition to our general call for submissions we are issuing a call for films with innovative, progressive and balanced stories from and concerning women, peoples of Latin, African, Asian and Middle Eastern descent, Native Americans, LGBTQ community, and seniors.

SSIFFF's RED CARPET AWARDS CEREMONY is a four hour event and a night to remember - four-course meal, table wines, film clips, photo ops, and awards throughout the evening. You won't want to miss it!

OUR PROMISE - to diligently endeavor to empower INDEPENDENT filmmakers and celebrate film creativity and DIVERSITY in the Southern States and around the world!

*** What a year 2020 has been - and that's just so far! Luckily our January event was early enough to beat the coronavirus to the punch, but it turned out to be dismal for many indie filmmakers excited to hit the 2020 Festival Circuit where event after event was either canceled or "gone virtual."
In light of this, we surveyed past Selected and Award Winning Indie Filmmakers, many who are waiting to finish and release their films one when it is safe for all to travel and sit together in closed rooms for hours watching films and attending panels. Added to this issue are the many film festivals that have pushed their 2020 events into the Spring of 2021 - and at best, their dates are still tentative! Playing it as safe as possible and to insure the high quality event that IndieFanFilmFest has been known to deliver, please be advised it is very possible the event will not be able to be held at its scheduled time right after the holidays. HOWEVER (as with our Central States event of May 2020) we will begin giving Seasonal Laurels in the months leading up to the festival dates. Lastly, should the festival be forced to cancel, we will invite selected filmmalers to the next SSIFFF live event and screen films of those who would opt to attend. ***

ALL SUBMISSIONS are eligible to be nominated for genre, role and crew categories as determined appropriate by judges, for example Comedy or Horror, Actor or Actress, and Director or Cinematography.

ATMAN AWARD FOR DIVERSITY IN FILM - we will honor one film for illustrating the unity of diverse beings. Atman, the innermost spiritual essence, signifies the one life force shared by all living creatures.

BEST SOUTHERN STATES FILM - chosen from qualifying films in all Southern States categories.

BEST OF FEST - given to the overall winner chosen by our judges from all submitted films.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE - Diversity is also encouraged by offering foreign language winners in many categories (must be subtitled in English).

STUDENT FILMMAKER - anyone 18 and under, or a college student (verified by student ID) please submit at student rates for automatic eligibility for student awards.

Awards given for each submission category; genre awards - for example Comedy, Foreign Language, or Horror; and craft - Cinematography, Soundtrack, Director, etc., as well as Actor, Actress, and Talented New Director..

MUSIC CATEGORIES, FILM POSTERS, and TRAILERS - only films that specifically submit to one or more of the Soundtrack, Song, Music Video, Trailer or Poster categories will be judged for those awards. Selected Trailers and Music Videos will be screened. Nominated Posters will be displayed on site during the event.

All entries and submissions to Southern States Indie FanFilmFest can be made through FilmFreeway. See categories for specific lengths. Films not in English must be subtitled in English.

If you meet requirements for a Southern States submission category, your film will be judged in the more narrow category while still eligible for top festival awards.

If your film is selected in Soundtrack (Short or Feature), Original Song with Lyrics, or Original Song Instrumental, we reserve the right to screen it in part.

The judging panel reserves the right to remove a category or to add additional categories as they deem appropriate.

By submitting your film you have read and agreed to all Southern States Indie FanFilmFest submission rules and these terms and conditions. If you have any questions, please contact us via the email link.
1. SCREENING FEES - The Southern States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.
2. SUBMISSION - All works must be submitted via FilmFreeway as an online screener. FilmFreeway allows you to upload the film or provide a link for a host site such as Vimeo or Youtube.
3. ONLINE SCREENERS must have working links and passwords throughout the submission process. It is your responsibility to notify us if any changes are made.
4. COMPLETION DATE - Entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2018 unless previously unreleased.
5. PREMIERE REQUIREMENTS - currently there are no premiere requirements, however feature length films that are viewable by the general public online will be disqualified. We do not discriminate against shorts or mid-length films that are available to the public online, but many festivals do, so it is suggested that public release be delayed until you have completed your film festival run. Password protect the online viewer to guard against this issue.
6. WORKS IN PROGRESS are accepted but PLEASE READ: While you may submit the final edit up until the Final deadline, your original submission should be a fair representation of your final piece as our judges will be making their initial decisions based on it. When your final edit is complete, simply send us an email letting us know. If the film is substantially changed please re-submit the following year.
7. All works selected must be available and downloadable (by us) by December 21, 2020 for inclusion in the festival, as well as the award nomination clips needed for the Red Carpet Awards Event.
8. REFUNDS - SSIFFF does not issue refunds for submissions received.

By entering your film for consideration for the Southern States Indie FanFilmFest, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the festival. Indie FanFilmFest International, LLC is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes only. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Indie FanFilmFest International, LLC, Southern States Indie FanFilmFest, and all of their agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Southern States Indie FanFilmFest may opt to withdraw your work from the festival at any time for any reason. Southern States Indie FanFilmFest DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work. Southern States Indie FanFilmFest reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees. Southern States Indie FanFilmFest does not issue refunds.
Entering your film for consideration in Southern States Indie FanFilmFest is, hereby, your digital signature of agreement to these Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Highly recommend Southern States Indie FanFilmFest! Incredible people both running and attending the festival. Great networking opportunity to meet fellow passionate filmmakers!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Allisyn!

  • Mike and everyone else put on such a wonderful film festival. Thorough communication; a plethora of good films; a great experience, overall. Happy to have had our film Chapter 9 a part of it.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jake. Enjoyed having you there.

  • Very glad we attended this festival and was ecstatic to come away with Best Southern States Short Film and Best Southern States Film! Practically met and exchanged info with every filmmaker that attended. Everyone was wonderful with great films and Mike Rekteen the festival director made the event comfortable and welcoming. A for sure recommended festival

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks to you, Mike!

  • Mike Rechtien and his team are absolutely awesome! Gracious and supportive. Excellent communication and well-organized. I had a fantastic time, met a lot of wonderful people, and watched many amazing films. Congratulations SSIFFF for presenting such a truly special and fabulous festival!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Julia, so appreciated meeting you!

  • The SSIFF was crazy good. It was one of my favorite film festivals thus far. On the coast of Biloxi, MS we were welcomed by an extremely professional, detailed, organized, and charming host-founder of SSIFFF, Mr. Mike Rekteen. Mr. Rekteen made sure each film maker was treated with respect, kindness, and a touch of humor.

    The films were absolutely amazing. The networking and fellowship of the filmmakers were unpretentious, supportive, non-competitive, welcoming, and a breath of fresh air. We started on time, was provided a clear schedule each day, and just had fun.

    The award ceremony made you feel supper special. Not only was the food tasty, the intimate atmosphere provided the perfect platform to celebrate the milestones that each filmmaker had made. I was honored to have my trailer, The Middle Child: Finding My Voice Through Dance" officially selected and screen and was excited to win Best Student Film for my short film "Gasp".

    Than you Mr. Rekteen (Mike) for a wonderful experience. It has encouraged and motivated me to keep going with the vision of bringing life via the lens of film.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    So good to hear, Constance - keep it up!