Domestic and Foreign Films are accepted in the following genres. We offer cash prizes and awards! Cash prize is determined by the funds raised annually.

Feature
Documentary
Short
Music Video
Student
Foreign
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Student competition open to domestic filmmakers currently enrolled with a minimum of 9 hours of college credits at a university located in the USA are eligible for entry.
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Mississippi High School Competition open to Mississippi High School Students only.
Mississippi High School Student (Mississippi entries only)

TUPELO FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS for each category: Feature, Documentary, Shorts, and Music Video
1st place Cash award determined by funds available
2nd place Award only no cash value
3rd place Award only no cash value
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STUDENT AWARDS - DOMESTIC ONLY - NO FOREIGN FILMS ACCEPTED
College students currently enrolled with a minimum of 9 hours of college credits are eligible for these additional awards.

1st place Cash award determined by funds available
2nd place Award only no cash value
3rd place Award only no cash value

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MISSISSIPPI HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION
Monetary awards are split equally between the Mississippi High School filmmaker and the school sponsor. ($1,400 in cash prize and awards!)

1st Place $500 ($250 & Trophy for filmmaker/$250 for school)
2nd Place $300 ($150 & Trophy for filmmaker/$150 for school)
3rd Place $100 ($50 & Trophy for filmmaker/$50 for school)
Audience Award $300 (Trophy & Cash Award for filmmaker)
Best Cinematography $200 (Trophy & Cash Award for filmmaker; Sponsored by the Ole Miss Film Program

Submissions Guidelines for Features, Documentaries, Shorts & Music Videos

1. Entries accepted from domestic & foreign filmmakers.

2. Film entries must not exceed 90 minutes for features, 90 minutes for documentaries, 45 minutes for shorts and 8 minutes for music videos.

3. It is permissible for film entries to have entered or won other contests.

4. All film entries will be judged on performances, production values and originality. Entries will be reviewed by members of the Tupelo Film Festival Society. Entries selected will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the festival. The decisions of the judges are final and any winning entry found to have violated the rules and regulations will have to forfeit.

5. Film entries must submit through Filmfreeway digitally - no dvd's accepted. Filmmaker must give permission to download on initial submission. We will not show your film if accepted, if you have not given permission to download.

6. Press Kit should be submitted through Filmfreeway at time of film submission.

7. Film entries should include entry title and name of entrant. If selected you will be notified by email on or before, January 31, 2020. There is a limit of two (2) entries per entrant; each with separate application and submission on FilmFreeway.
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Submissions Guidelines for Domestic Student Films

1. Entrant must be a student enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours at a university located in the USA..

2. Film entries must not exceed 90 minutes for features - 45 minutes for shorts - 90 minutes for documentaries.

3. It is permissible for film entries to have entered or won other contests.

4. All film entries will be judged on performances, production values and originality. Entries will be reviewed by members of the Tupelo Film Festival Society. Entries selected will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the festival. The decisions of the judges are final and any winning entry found to have violated the rules and regulations will have to forfeit.

5. Film entries must submit through Filmfreeway digitally - no dvd's accepted.

6. Press Kit should be submitted through Filmfreeway at time of film submission.

7. Film entries should include entry title and name of entrant. If selected you will be notified by email on or before, January 31, 2020. There is a limit of two (2) entries per entrant; each with separate application and submission on FilmFreeway.

Submissions Guidelines for Mississippi High School Film

1. Students must be enrolled in a Mississippi High School.

2. Film entries must not exceed 10 minutes running time including credits.

3. Film entries must have been produced in the last two years (no earlier than January 31, 2018).

4. Film entries must be in English or have English subtitles.

5. It is permissible for film entries to have entered or won other contests.

6. Film entries should have minimal profanity and violence.

7. All film entries will be judged on performances, production value and originality. Entries will be reviewed by members of the Tupelo Film Festival Society. Entries selected will be judged by an independent panel of judges. The decisions of the judges are final, and any winning entry found to have violated the rules and regulations will have to forfeit.

8. The entry fee is $10 per film. Film entries must be submitted through www.filmfreeway.com and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2020.

9. Students must e-mail an entry form to mscutturini@gmail.com by February 15, 2020. Forms must name the sponsoring faculty member. Entry form is available on our website at (http://www.tupelofilmfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-2020-HSentry.pdf).

10. Students must email a still (photo) of the film to mscutturini@gmail.com by March 15, 2020.

11. Film entries should include the entry title and name of the student on all materials. If selected the student will be notified by email on or before March 1, 2020.

12. There is a limit of two (2) entries per student, each with a separate application and submission on www.filmfreeway.com.

Indemnification & Rights:
The Tupelo Film Festival Society reserves the right to refuse or reject any material deemed inappropriate for festival screening. The Tupelo Film Festival Society, The Elvis Presley Birthplace are not responsible for lost or damaged entries. Submission of an entry is an acknowledgment that the filmmaker and sponsor have obtained any necessary clearances, licenses, approvals, etc. and gives broadcast rights permission in regard to all audio and visual elements, including any non-original aspects of the production. The Tupelo Film Festival Society retains the non-exclusive, uncompensated right to use the film, in excerpts, or its entirety, for exhibition, promotion or any other purpose.

Questions? Please email Carolyn Parson at tupelofilmfestival@gmail.com

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  • Mary Charles Ramsey

    Excellent festival! Can't wait to go back next year!

    April 2019
  • An excellent festival - very professional! I wish I could have attended, and hope to screen in TFF with my next film.

    April 2019
  • I really hope TFF continues to grow into a premiere MS festival. Please submit! The director and programmers were incredibly nice, and I hope more great films will be submitted and screened so this fest can continue to become one of the go-to festivals for the state of MS. I was able to attend my screening and the quality of the projection and sound was phenomenal and the people I encountered were so warm and excited to have films and filmmakers there! I just want to see it continue to thrive and grow so make sure you submit and attend!

    July 2018
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival! Thank you so much for both accepting Occupants/Collar and giving both films awards! Can’t wait for next year! 😇

    April 2018
  • Matthew McCoy

    Fantastic festival run by a knowledgable staff! I will definitely be submitting future films to Tupelo Film Festival.

    August 2017