The Black Cat Picture Show is an adjudicated film festival, currently the only one in Augusta, that provides a platform for independent film artists to exhibit their work, exchange ideas, and make connections. We endeavor to produce an event that includes all of the elements we love about film festivals, our event will be swanky but accessible. There will be a catered Film Artists' Reception in the bar of Le Chat Noir August 19th; screenings of official selections will take place throughout the festival dates, August 18-21 in the theatre of Le Chat Noir, and the festival will conclude with an Award Ceremony on August 21st. Film Artists of official selections will receive two invitations to the Friday night Film Artists' Reception, two tickets to the screening block their film will be presented in, and two invitations to the Award Ceremony. Also, they can purchase additional festival tickets in advance and at a discount, and are eligible for discounts at participating hotels.

Our flagship venue, Le Chat Noir, is a 100-seat black box theatre located in downtown Augusta, GA. Like it's namesake, Le Chat Noir is known for bringing professional quality entertainment to the CSRA that previously was not being represented.

Student Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 100 U.S. Dollar

Short Narrative Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar

Feature Narrative Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 350 U.S. Dollar

Documentary Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 300 U.S. Dollar

Animation Category: 1st Place
Cash Award Value: 150 U.S. Dollar

Viewer's Choice Award
Cash Award Value: 50 U.S. Dollar

Staff Pick
Cash Award Value: 50 U.S. Dollar

Wages of Cine Award: 1st Place

- At this time we can only accept digital submissions. Please do not submit files larger than 5GB.

-Please do not submit your entry unless all requirements can be met. This includes your screener and submission fee. If these requirements are not met your submission will be rejected.

- Films must have been completed after January 1, 2019. Films must be available for screening during the Black Cat Picture Show, August 20-August 22.

- Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

- You MUST include your physical address either in your FilmFreeway entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.

-Once we have your film it cannot be pulled from the schedule.


- Films must be feature-length narratives, 41 minutes or longer.

- Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.

- Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.
- Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from
accredited university or college).
-Can NOT enter same film into student and non-student.
- The film must be the work of a current student or completed
during the time the filmmaker was a student.

- Films must be Documentaries.

- Films must be Animation

A juried film festival open to any filmmaker. Submissions approved through the first round of adjudication will be screened during the festival and recognized as an “Official Selection of the Black Cat Picture Show.” The second round of adjudication will be of the official selections and will be awarded in their respective categories. In addition to the awards given we will also be recognizing:

- Viewer's Choice (Popular vote amongst the viewers by ballot)
- Wages of Cine (Best of the Worst, chosen by local production company, Wages of Cine, they have a taste for the tasteless)
-Staff Pick

Films that have been officially selected for screening will receive: two comp tickets for the Filmmakers Reception, two tickets to the screening block their film will be presented in, & two tickets to the award ceremony. Film Artists of official selections will also be allowed to purchase additional tickets to any screening block in advance and at a discount.

Overall Rating
  • George Tramountanas

    I honestly can't say enough great things about the Black Cat Picture Show - it was the film festival experience that I dreamed of. First off, a festival that offers filmmakers free food? How often do you see that? And the fest organizers and the audience were people who just loved films - and films of all kinds! They treated the filmmakers with the kindness and respect you wish all fests would treat you with, and the venue (and screening facilities) were fantastic. It may not be the biggest festival, but I'd pick this one over 99% of the huge festivals out there. Thanks to all the organizers!

    September 2021
  • Nora Mariana

    Impeccably organized festival and awards show, even in the middle of this pandemic. I would submit again to this festival in a heartbeat. It was an honor and such a pleasure to have ALINA take part in Black Cat Picture Show!

    August 2020
  • Well organized and great communication!
    Thank you for including us in this year's program and we hope to see you again next year!

    August 2020
  • John Taylor Timmons

    Stop what you're doing and submit!

    This festival was TONS of fun. From the time our film was accepted, I knew this was a quality film fest.

    The number one detail I judge at film festivals is the audio quality and their speakers were spectacular.

    The people who run the fest are all fantastic, and they make every filmmaker feel welcome.

    They held this festival during the Covid-19 pandemic and did it SAFELY. Everyone had to wear masks, everything was constantly disinfected, and I speak for my entire team when I say everyone felt safe. The BCPS proved that you can responsibly run a film fest during covid and as a filmmaker who's festival run was hit hard by the pandemic, I respect that wholeheartedly.

    We will definitely be submitting again! Truly top notch.

    August 2020
  • Edward varnie

    Great festival. Ran by great people. I've screened here twice. They have always made me feel welcomed as a story teller. Definitely becoming the best artist driven film festival in GA.

    August 2020