Mississippi High School Competition open to Mississippi High School Students only.
Mississippi High School Student (Mississippi entries only) are open through January 31, 2023

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)
Cinematography $250 (Trophy and Cash Award for the filmmaker –
sponsored by Ole Miss)

The Mississippi High School Film Competition, a component of the Tupelo Film Festival, is a
competition that was created to promote the art of filmmaking to Mississippi High School
students involved in film and television classes, film groups or individual filmmaking. The
competition awards cash prizes to the students and their teachers. See the details below.

1. Students must be enrolled in a Mississippi High School.
2. Film entries must not exceed 10 minutes run time including credits. All types of films are
accepted: music video, documentary, commercial, public service announcement, drama, comedy,
action, etc.
3. Film entries should have minimal profanity and violence.

4. Film entries must have been produced in the last three years (no earlier than January 31,
5. Film entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
6. It is permissible for film entries to have entered or won other contests.
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; the deadline for entry is January 31, 2023.
9. Teachers or students must e-mail or text an entry form to mscutturini@gmail.com.
Forms must name the sponsoring faculty member. The entry form is attached to the email.
10. There is a limit of two (2) entries per student, each with a separate application and
submission on www.filmfreeway.com.

For more information, contact Morgan Cutturini at mscutturini@gmail.com or (662) 414-0257.

Overall Rating
  • 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