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.

Curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks, each screening runs 70-90 minutes and consists of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector with a pristine sound system, film screenings take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House.

Peppered throughout the two-day festival, filmmakers can enjoy:
FRIDAY OCT 19th
VIP Kickoff with complimentary grub & cocktails
2 Evening Screenings, each followed by a moderated Q&A session with attending filmmakers
Exclusive Access into The Saloon at The Springer - the networking gathering spot between screenings with filmmakers and VIP Judges. Cash bar with sodas, wine, beer, and refreshments
Friday Night After-Party, location TBD (Age 21+)

SATURDAY, OCT 20th
Saturday Morning Coffee with the Judges (complimentary coffee and refreshments)
4 Daytime Screenings, each followed by a moderated Q&A session with attending filmmakers
Exclusive Access into The Saloon at The Springer - the networking gathering spot between screenings with filmmakers and VIP Judges. Cash bar with sodas, wine, beer, and refreshments
Closing Night Awards Bash salutes WDFF’s 2018 filmmakers. Enjoy complimentary cuisine, a cash bar, live DJ, and one rocking awards ceremony

SUNDAY, OCT. 21st
Sunday Screening Afterglow kicks off at 12:30pm with complimentary brunch and beverages in The Saloon. To follow, WDFF will screen some of the festival favorites in honor of our entertainment and service industry professionals who had to work during the festival.

$2,500 Cash Prize for Best Overall Film and $250 Cash Prize for six(6) sub-categories!

GENERAL RULES
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.

Overall Rating
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  • JONAH SAFER

    Notes from our producer who attended: thoughtful and well curated; filmmaker and film lover friendly; beautiful venue; festival organizers couldn't have been more gracious hosts.

    November 2018
  • B Todd Johnston

    Way Down Film Festival was an amazing experience and believe if you are a filmmaker you should make that trip down to Columbus GA for great people, food, and one hell of a film community.

    Julius B. Kelly, Award Winning Director
    Sunnyside Down Productions

    November 2018
  • Nathan Ragland

    Hands down the best festival I've ever been to. I had a blast. When I first walked in, I was being treated like I was an Oscar winner with the hospitality they gave me. The festivities were a great celebration of the filmmakers and their works, which is what I look for in a festival. The film selections were absolutely astonishing, each worthy of being shown, and it was nice to be able to be in one place to watch all of them. Honestly, I'm going to try to make it to the festival every single year if possible.

    October 2018
  • Elizabeth Kaiser

    My film screened this year at the Way Down Film Fest and although I was only able to stay for one day of the festival, I am already looking forward to go back for future festivals! Great communication, awesome films and an all around good time!

    October 2018
  • Michael Goldburg

    My film screened at Way Down this year and even though I was unable to attend, the festival staff was extremely communicative and positive and the venue at the Springer Opera House looked amazing. And their hospitality is amazing, too. Definitely recommend this festival!

    November 2017