**We have moved the 3rd Annual Film Festival dates to February 2019**

The Southern City Film Festival (SCFF) will celebrate its 3rd annual film festival from November 2nd-4th 2018. The SCFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and our audiences with industry discussions, prizes, parties, celebrity guests, and so much more. This year's festival is sure to have something for everyone! Last year we screened over 70 films across 5 different venues with lots of great parties. Join us this year to see southern hospitality epitomized.

We have prizes for each category!

Feature Films
Documentary Films
Short Films
Homegrown Filmmakers
Screenplay Competition
-Short & Feature
Animation Films

The Southern City Institute is dedicated to the education and promotion of the arts by celebrating film through the Southern City Film Festival. SCFF seeks to create venues in the community to encourage education, artistic expression, and acknowledge emerging filmmakers from around the world and within our community.

"Hollywood glam meets southern charm at the southeast's best film festival, Southern City." - Ashley Bratcher (Actress/Writer)

"This festival is a HOME RUN!" "The Southern hospitality never stops in Aiken." "Not pretentious and not boring." - Douglas Monroe (Filmmaker)

"Good food, great films, and new friends await you in in Aiken, SC." - Jared Callahan (Filmmaker)

"SCFF takes southern hospitality to a new level. They create a great experience for the filmmakers. It was a pleasure to attend a festival that wasn't over-programmed. There was plenty of time between screenings for Q & A, a bite to eat, and real human connections. Feature selections showed a real sense of artistic taste. It's nice to know that SCFF's standards make your selection meaningful; not just another set of laurels. I felt valued and validated having a short film at SCFF; rather than insignificant and ignored." - Nick Lavanos (Filmmaker)

"The hospitality shown to me and my team was world class. Aiken, South Carolina is a magical place. A perfect setting for an amazing film festival." - Chris White (Filmmaker)

COMPLETION DATE: Only films made within the last two (2) years are eligible for submission. Southern City does not have any premiere requirements. However, the festival does take previous screenings and broadcasts into consideration when making its official selections, particularly when films have already screened in South Carolina.

LANGUAGE: DVD or online preview screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles.

ROUGH CUTS: Rough cuts are accepted for entry. If you submit a rough cut, we cannot guarantee that the programmers will be able to review an updated cut at a later date. If you are submitting a rough cut, make sure it is indicated as such on your submission copy. Include intended final running time and work remaining to be completed with your entry. Southern City does not exhibit works-in-progress at the festival. Films must be completed by July 15, 2018 in order to be screened.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: You must have one of the following formats available by July 15, 2018, if accepted, for screening at the festival.

HIGH DEFINITION - Blu-Ray, or Quicktime (.mov) file.
STANDARD DEFINITION - DVD or Quicktime (.mov) file.

FESTIVAL NOTIFICATION: Notification will be sent by email or phone to the contact listed on the entry form by mid-August 2018. You are responsible for updating Southern City directly regarding any change to your contact information and ensuring that emails from hello@SouthernCity.org are not blocked by spam filters.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Southern City requires ONE (1) DVD or Blu-Ray NTSC (Region 1 or 0) or PAL format disc. Include the film title, running time, and format (NTSC or PAL) on your disc. Quicktime (.mov) files are also acceptable for entry on a USB device or data disc (DVD, CD, or Blu-Ray). Submission materials will NOT be returned. Online screeners must include a link to the film and the password in this form.

Physical submissions (DVD, Blu-Ray, PAL, USB, Data Disc) should be mailed to:
Southern City
PO BOX 275
Aiken, SC 29802

FOR INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS: (Outside U.S.) - filmmakers MUST write on the package, "NO commercial value - for cultural purposes only."

APPLICATION DETAILS: Preview materials will NOT be returned. Include the film title, running time, and format (NTSC or PAL) on your disc. All entry deadlines are postmark deadlines. Entries postmarked after the final deadline will not be considered. Submission fees are non-refundable.


By submitting this film and/or screenplay, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this film and/or screenplay to the Southern City Film Festival ("Southern City") and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; I take responsibility for securing and obtaining any and all third party material, trademarked material and copyrighted material (collectively, the "Content"). Southern City will not be held responsible for any Content in my film which may result in a claim arising out of use of the Content. If Southern City requests, I will provide all appropriate clearance paperwork for Content. This film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever; If this film is selected for screening at Southern City, I grant Southern City the right to screen this film in Aiken, South Carolina, November 2-4, 2018; I understand and agree that this film entry, if selected for the Festival, may be used for promotional and advertising purposes for Southern City and/or its partners and affiliates and I grant Southern City and its partners the rights to use up to two minutes of footage, photographic stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes; I fully indemnify and hold Southern City and its partners and affiliates harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from Southern City or during the course of festival possession of the entry; and b) from any claims which may arise in connection with this film. If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all the costs of defense incurred by Southern City and pay any award of damages which may ensue. I also agree to reimburse Southern City for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim. I understand their will be no refunds. I also understand that Southern City reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate competition category. By submitting my film, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.

Overall Rating
  • Susan Willis

    very well put together film festival!

    May 2018
  • Katrina Medoff

    My short film "Home Invasion for the Holidays" was at Southern City Film Festival this year, and we had a great experience! We weren't able to attend, unfortunately, but the communication from the festival was always great. Thank you Southern City! Will definitely be submitting again next time!

    January 2018
  • Great festival and great people .

    December 2017
  • Jeffrey Mittelstadt

    Southern City Film Festival was a rewarding and amazing experience. The location, Aiken, is inviting and beautiful. The festival provided an intimate setting where attendees, filmmakers, screenwriters and organizers got to know each other, expand their networks and, most importantly, build what will likely be lasting friendships. The organizers provided top-notch hospitality. We hope to be back next year! Thank you, Southern City Film Festival team! You should certainly be proud of your hard work and care.

    December 2017
  • Ara Midgett

    Fantastic community of artists and filmmakers. Really appreciated the down home southern hospitality of everyone involved. And what a charming town. Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable experience for my first feature, Monologue.

    November 2017