The Shawna Shea Film Festival (SSFF) is a fringe independent international film festival. We love quirky and experimental films as much as we love straight narratives. All are welcome.

Established in 2012 the SSFF is a fundraiser for the Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation Inc, a 501(c)(3), to honor Shawna's unique independent spirit by highlighting truly independent films that share the same quality. It now accepts both shorts and feature length films and runs every October at the Starlite Lounge in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
The funds raised from the festival go towards scholarships and fellowships, including a Women in Film Fellowship.
Every year we have an opening night networking party and on the closing night we have an awards ceremony and party with food and a band. It is a party!

Every year we give out Best of Awards in many categories including the Women in Film Award and the William Gerrity Award.
We also offer a Female Fellowship Award every year to aspiring female filmmakers from around the world. Go to the Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation website for more details.

All films must have been produced in the past three years. We accept digital files only for screening purposes. No fee waivers are offered. We reserve the right to screen accepted films at festival events throughout the year. All films that are not in English must have subtitles.

All screenplays must be under 110 pages for features.

Overall Rating
  • Lony Ruhmann

    A film festival that has it's heart in the right place.

    February 2019
  • Guthrie Hartford

    The efforts of Skip Shea, and all the heavy hands that go into making this festival what it is, are to be commended. I had the honor of being screened at the inaugural Shawna Shea back in 2012. And have returned as a selected filmmaker two more times. I'm full of gratitude for the opportunities to showcase my work and the platform this festival has given to me. There are some great networking opportunities after screenings and the awards ceremony. I found myself conversing and establishing new relationships with great, local New England talent. This is the quintessential New England film festival and it's only continuing to thrive and evolve as the years go by. It comes highly recommended.

    February 2019
  • Grace Kim

    Lovely, hospitable festival. Very good communication with filmmakers and very accommodating. Unfortunately, we could not physically attend the festival but the interaction with the festival left very good impressions.

    November 2018
  • Miriam Olken

    What an amazing festival! Great communication through the submitting process, got updates closer to the event and then a great time at the festival. I had a wonderful time and received great feedback and encouragement for my film, thank you for letting me be part of such a special event. Hope to submit more work in the future.

    October 2018
  • Kyle Kuchta

    SSFF has such a special place in our hearts. It's intimate and wonderful and absolutely worth attending/submitting. We were honored to be part of this amazing festival!

    October 2018