Way Down Film Festival (WDFF) began in 2016 as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. WDFF annually showcases over 40 short films; celebrating the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world.
WDFF was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts - to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences to walk away with more courage and perspective, feeling inspired and connected.
Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector with a pristine sound system and curated into 3 different thematic genre blocks, each screening runs 70-90 minutes and consists of varying short films.
Peppered throughout the one-day festival, filmmakers can enjoy:
* 3 Daytime Screenings, each followed by a moderated Q&A session with attending filmmakers
*Saturday Night Awards Bash salutes WDFF’s filmmakers. Enjoy complimentary cuisine, a cash bar, and one rocking awards ceremony
$2,000 Cash Prize for Best Overall Film and $250 Cash Prize for five(5) sub-categories!
Any short film with a running time of 1 minute to 25 minutes, including credits.
Entries must be submitted as a digital submission.
Films cannot be tied to a distribution deal.
Once selected, the filmmaker must have available either DCP or digital "print" (minimum format is Quicktime) for projection.
Participants agree that clips from their film and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, WDFF website and for any promotional purposes which WDFF deems appropriate.
No screeners and/or promotional materials will be returned to the filmmaker, unless arranged in advance with the festival office.
If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. WDFF will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copywritten materials.
The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmakers.
WDFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e. insurance).
Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.