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 estival 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.

In 2015 we started going ALL DIGITAL! 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 Feature
Best Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Writer
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Sound
Directors Choice Award

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 5 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.

**** The Festival Directors Choice Award nominee’s are the Film Festival Directors top choice films of the festival. The Directors Choice Award is presented at the festival to the Directors favorite film of the festival. (Any film that the festival director is personally involved in at any level is not eligible for this award.)

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
  • Roger Barker

    Although we weren't able to attend, we were very impressed with the organisation, schedule and promotion of this festival, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone else interested in submitting their films to future Smoky Mountain events. Very proud to have been involved.

    July 2019
  • An amazing festival. I wasn't able to attend but the event looked like a lot of fun! I am honored that my film, the Spirit Seam, made official selection!

    July 2019
  • I was very pleased with this festival. The professionalism, the networking, everything was great. Thank you to Willy Adkins and Chuck Winstead and the others that worked so hard to make this festival a great one.

    June 2018
  • I wasn't able to attend the SMFF so I can't comment on the hospitality or networking. But our film, Dumbbells, was accepted and won a couple of prestigious awards. Festival director, Willy Adkins, clearly knows how to put on a great event. We are grateful for the recognition and wish the festival continued success.

    June 2016
  • Kenneth McKinney

    We enjoyed this festival which I have no doubt will only grow even better in the future. Plenty of things to do after the festival in Gatlinburg also! We met some wonderful people and other festival directors. It was a wonderful place to network with other filmmakers with.

    May 2016