This festival was founded by many independent filmmakers from all over the world in an effort to make independent film more prevalent in smaller towns and bring a more diverse range of content to the Southeastern, United States. We have partnered with some of the top creative professionals from all over the world to bring an integrated festival, which includes film, music, and workshops.

Our mission is to make independent film more prevalent, in not just the larger cities, but help promote connections between filmmaking professionals, audiences, and entertainment professionals in rural areas.

We are proud to welcome to our 2017 judges to date and 2016 judges will be announced soon:  Del Shores (Filmmaker), Roddy Bogawa (Filmmaker), Chris Frantz (Musician), Chris Do (Animation/Blind), Nan Puetz (Filmmaker), Santiago Cirilo (Actor/The Walking Dead), Alexis Gault (Writer/Actor), J.J. Sedelmaier (Animator), Spencer Drate (Film & Pop-Culture Author), Judith Salavetz (Film & Pop-Culture Author), Tara Lang (Makeup Artist/Face Off), Aqua Caitlin (Costume Designer), Linda Covello (Photographer/Writer), Parker Beck (Production Design), Diane Devore (Writer), Sylvia Reed (Designer), David Robbins (Writer), Beau Turpin (Producer), Craig McMahon (Production Designer/TWC), Dana Frank (Photography), Terrell Sandefur (Actor/Director), Paul Kostabi (Artist/Musician), Nikki Palomino (Radio Personality), Leonardo Santaiti (Actor/Director), Elizabeth Kiehner (Film Production/Thornberg and Forester), Lee Wilson (Actor), Kenyon Phillips (Actor/Musician), Orlando Vargas (Actor/Kill The Messenger), Justin Kavoussi (Editor), Clark Seydel (Film Collective), Manabu Inada (Motion Design), Andrea Facini (New Media), Sherri Mann Stewart (Actor/Producer), Christina Reynolds (Director/Actor), Carolyn Duncan(Writer), Jeremy Harrison (Actor), Holly Stephey (Radio Personality/Philanthropist), Maria Ragusa Burfield (Photography), JJ Sedelmeier (Director), Lawayne Bontrager (Director), Dewayne Bontrager (Director), Joseph Semense (Producer), Azmyth Kaminski (Actor/Musician), Christin Baker (Filmmaker), Daniel Collins (Actor/Musician), Brooks Robinson (Actor/Musician), Joey Von Haeger (Radio Personality/Filmmaker), Nan Puetz (President of TWIFM), Sheyla Paz (Vice President TWIFM/Actor), Deisha Oliver-Millar (Public Relations), Sandy Fox (Filmmaker/Producer), Lex Lang (Actor/Filmmaker).

Festival founders include Ava Leigh Stewart, Leo Santaiti, Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz, Jeremy Miller, and Brooks Robinson. Submit your resume to info@southeasternfilm.com or message us on facebook/southeasternfilm to be considered for our Junior Board members.

Awards & Prizes

In addition to the cash and prizes, the following awards will be given to the top films: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Music Video, Best New Media, Best Animation, Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Sound Design, Best Animation, Best Visual FX, Best Special FX, Best Costume Design, and Best Make-Up.

Rules & Terms

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PASSWORD FOR ANY ONLINE FILMS SUBMITTED or we cannot view your film for consideration. If we contact you and you do not fix the issue, your film will not be accepted because it is an incomplete entry.

Only one entry per person in each category will be considered for final acceptance.

Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals to our offices. Any material submitted will not be returned.

Please make sure to enter your project in the category that it belongs, your category cannot be changed after entry, so please be careful when submitting.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.   No material under copyright protection that is not owned or licensed by the applicant will be considered without proper documentation.

Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.

Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e., without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted; subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.

Only complete entries (including entry form, payment, and preview link or DVD screener) will be processed.

If your film is a selection in the student category, you must be able to include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc.). 

The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

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    Alessio De Marchi

    Outstanding event! Great opportunity for filmmakers around the world

    November 2017
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    Yaser Talebi

    "This is a great festival my film was in. Southeastern International Film Festival was professional and communicated extremely well. Looking forward to submitting again. Highly recommend"

    December 2016
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    Gustavo Silva

    Don't know, thought our project was in but apparently not.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    We screened your project, sorry for any confusion, but we sent you an email.

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    nacho recio

    thanks for the selection of my first feature film 'N/949' and thanks for making such a good festival!!!!

    October 2016
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    Alexander Cassun

    I was excited to hear my feature film The Buskers + Lou had been accepted to Southeastern Int'l FF as it would be screening in Nashville, which seems an ideal location for a movie about artists and musicians. That said, I received very little info from the festival organizers in terms of when and where the film would be screening, and they didn't respond to any emails, so it was not only impossible to plan a trip out to view the screening but I couldn't get the word out through our social media channels. As the movie is being funded out of pocket, $25 for a submission fee to a festival is about all I could afford, so it was nice to be accepted but in the end, if there's zero communication between the filmmakers and the organizers, then it just isn't worth the effort.

    October 2016