If you think you know Mississippi ... think again! Jackson, Mississippi is the cultural crossroads of the south (hence the name - Crossroads Film Festival) and is the place where all the good stuff gets thrown together. This is where the music of delta Bluesman Robert Johnson runs straight into the home of the International Ballet Competition. We are home to Tennessee Williams, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, and some of the world’s greatest historians, photographers, and musicians.

We are also home to some real quirky and creative folks, fried catfish, sweet tea, and a film festival to rival the best of them. Since 2000, the Crossroads Film Society has hosted the annual Crossroads Film Festival, 75 -100 of the best and most innovative international, US, Southern, and Mississippi independent films. Come challenge Mississippi’s creative class & be showered in Southern hospitality. There’ll be cash prizes, Southern celebrities, workshops, daily receptions and nightly jukin’ with live music.

It’s all about your story. Share it. Come see us and we’ll show you a great time!

Awards & Prizes

Filmmakers from Mississippi and around the world present and compete in the categories of Feature Film, Short, Documentary, Experimental, Foreign, Student, Music Video and Animation. Crossroads Film Festival awards between 10-15 pieces of handmade, local glass artwork each year, and many categories also win cash prizes. Each year a special award, the Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker, is given to a talented hometown filmmaker. The Ruma Award is a piece of commissioned artwork which is presented to the Ruma Award winner. Over the history of the festival, Ruma art has included paintings, sculptures, and even a set of wooden nesting dolls!

Rules & Terms

1. All entry deadline dates are enforced. All decisions made by Crossroads Film Festival are final.

2. By entering Crossroads Film Festival, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by the official rules of the Crossroads Film Festival.

3. Principals and those affiliated with Crossroads Film Society and Film Festival are eligible to submit films for consideration and competition and to be judged by an independent jury; however, they shall not be eligible for any monetary prize if that film is selected to receive an award. Films submitted by independent judges for Crossroads Film Festival are not eligible for competition during the year in which the judge serves on the jury panel for the Festival.

4. "Mississippi Filmmakers" must have a current Mississippi address.

5. Please submit in the correct category and by the stated deadlines. Festival organizers reserve the right to change a film entry’s category to the appropriate category, and to bill the filmmaker for any additional fees if necessary. Festival organizers also reserve the right to disqualify entries that have not been paid in full and/or have not been received by stated deadlines. All prices are given in US Dollars ($).

6. The Festival reserves the right to impose a $40 surcharge for returned checks.

7. In submitting films to the Crossroads Film Festival, the filmmaker represents that s/he is authorized to submit this film for screening at the Crossroads Film Festival. S/he acknowledges that the film may be screened more than once during the festival and for subsequent screenings Crossroads may use as "Best of the Fest," and/or other partnership screenings for which Crossroads may showcase accepted and screened films after the festival. S/he grants the Crossroads Film Society the nonexclusive right to use submitted materials in connection with any and all publicity and promotional materials regarding the festival. S/he warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agrees to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the Crossroads Film Society and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.

WE NEED YOUR INFO!!

On the project form of your FilmFreeway filmmaker account, please include the following information:
1. Current, complete contact info (name, address, city/state/zip, phone, email).
2. Filmmaker(s) biography/resume.
3. Technical credits on the film: director(s), producer(s), year of production, country(ies) of production

WE SCREEN ONLINE VIA A PRIVATE SERVICE

The Crossroads Film Festival uses a private online service to screen films internally (screening & festival committee members and / or judges). The Crossroads Film Festival will make your film available online for viewing *unless you opt out.*

Please email info@crossroadsfilmfestival.com to opt-out of the service.

MAILING ADDRESS:
Crossroads Film Festival
P. O. Box 22604
Jackson, MS 39225-2604

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
Crossroads Film Festival
c/o Mississippi Arts Center
201 E. Pascagoula St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Phone: 601-345-5674

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    Steven Esteb

    Great people and even better hospitality. Theater was top notch. Hope to be back soon.

    May 2017
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    Allen Blackwell

    One of the most hospitable festivals I have ever been to. I met some great people in the Mississippi and Louisiana film scene.

    April 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Allen! We look forward to seeing more of your creative genius next time!

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    Victoria Greene

    My experience attending Crossroads was the first festival in Mississippi that I had ever been too, but it won't be my last. I was overwhelmed by the southern hospitality and kindness shown to me. Each and every volunteer was lovely, the parties were great, and the workshops informative (yes I learned some good stuff). Of course, this super organized festival had tremendous programing . I often go to film festivals by myself and network, which is part of a filmmaker's business. However, from the moment that I checked in to the hotel and wheeled the cart towards the elevator, with great difficulty I may add, Jimmy Taylor, a volunteer insisted that he steer it to my floor. From that moment on, it felt as if I was merely amongst friends. Thank you Crossroads for screening FORGOTTEN BAYOU, inviting me to participate on the women filmmakers' panel and for making this me feel so darn special. I will be back!

    April 2017
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    Response from festival:

    What a kind review... thank you so much, Victoria! You are a special woman and a wonderful filmmaker. We look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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    Cyrus Neshvad

    Very high standard, I can only recommend !

    April 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Cyrus -- hope to meet you in person someday! Keep sharing your creativity with us...