The Smoky Mountain Film Festival is a multi-genre, independent film festival offering awards in several categories. The event takes place in Gatlinburg, TN, the foothills to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! That's right, come enjoy a great festival and also explore one of the worlds most beautiful places!

Our number one goal is to produce events to support and get independent artists noticed and rewarded for hard work and quality art.

We are only accepting submissions via online screener (here on and exhibition films will need to be in MOV, MPEG or AVI formats if selected. We are not accepting DVD/BluRay/Hardcopy submissions any longer.

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Breaking Fate Entertainment

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Writer
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Sound

More Information On The Smoky Mountain Film Festival Awards:

*Award Winners will be announced in a ceremony at the end of the festival. Winners in attendance will be presented a certificate. Those not in attendance can obtain a digital certificate to print via the official website within 48 hours after the close of the festival. Winners will also be posted in the news feed (front page) and Awards Page of within 48 hours of the close of the festival.

** Our Selection / Awards Procedure: Festival Director / Producers make official selections for the festival by vote. Official Selections are then screened/graded by 5 different judges anonymously and given an overall grade on a 5 point scale for each of the qualifying award categories (with the exception of the “Directors Choice Award”). All judges points are then added together to give it a grade. The top 3 films by grade in each category are then considered an award nominee and listed on this page. The film with the highest grade in each category is considered and announced that category’s award winner at the festival. In the event of a tie for highest grade, the festival director, festival producer and festival founder will each vote on the tied films giving the majority vote the award. In the event that one of the production staff are involved in one of the films involving a tie, a 3rd party will be selected to vote in place of the production staff member involved.

Certification of Entrant I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree: 1 . I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

2 . To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;

3 . This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;

4 . I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;

5 . I hold Breaking Fate Entertainment Inc. / The Smoky Mountain Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film;

6 . I hold Breaking Fate Entertainment Inc. / The Smoky Mountain Film Festival, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

7 . I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

8 . I give permission for Breaking Fate Entertainment Inc. / The Smoky Mountain Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

9 . I give permission for Breaking Fate Entertainment Inc. / The Smoky Mountain Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.


There is NO 'Film Made By' date. We have shown horror films from as early as the 30's. Please feel free to submit your early work as well as your current.

Films showing nudity are permissible, however sexual penetration will be disqualified.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT pay screening fees. If any screening fee is requested by filmmaker(s), the associated film will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for screening my Film! SMFF is a Great festival.

    August 2022
  • Rick Kain

    I just got back from the 2022 Smoky Mountain Film Festival and I had a blast. The festival was very well run, the venue was well set up with a great screen and sound system. There were even couches and easy chairs that lined one side of the venue. The festival director, Willy Adkins was hands on from start to finish, responding to emails and questions during the organizing process, was also there at the door to greet film makers and attendees, and handled the awards and closing remarks. I liked the fact that there was only one screening venue as it allowed me to see all of the films at the festival. I saw some really nice films and the film that won best of festival was excellent, truly the best film in the festival. I arrived a day early to experience the city of Gatlinburg, TN. It is a destination with lots of energy and activities. The city is very walkable so I parked my car on day one and didn't touch it until I headed home. Plenty of places to eat and drink, live entertainment, and great weather. My only critique would be that many of the film makers didn't show up to support their own films. I highly recommend this festival.

    August 2022
  • John Stevenson

    This was a lot of fun. I was initially disappointed when the festival had to be held virtually. That said, I did get into it once it started and I watched several films.

    July 2021
  • Alex Preston

    Although we could not enjoy the event in person this year, we were honored to have Gretel + Hansel: A New Musical selected for this year's festival. We were so pleased to be recognized with Best Short Film, Best Music and Best Director. Thank you so much from our cast and crew. Cheers from Atlanta, Georgia!

    July 2021
  • Adam Gascho

    Great festival! Super happy to be a part of it!

    July 2021