Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.

After another record-breaking year in 2016, the Macon Film Festival is heading into its 12th year with a four-day festival planned for July 20th - 23rd. The Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in multiple historic theaters in the city's downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, and workshops throughout the festival weekend.

The 2017 call for submissions will open in mid August and will run through early March 2017.

Awards & Prizes

The Melvyn Douglass 'Best in Show' Award: $1500.00
Best of 'Music' Category: $1200.00
Best of 'Southern' Category: $1200.00
Best of 'Narrative Feature' Category : $1000.00
Best of 'Documentary' Category: $1000.00
Best of 'Narrative Shorts' Category: $800.00
Best of 'LGBT' Category: $800.00
Best of 'Student Shorts' Category: $500.00
The Karen Black Audience Choice - Narrative Feature: $500.00
Audience Choice - Narrative Short: $500.00
Audience Choice - Documentary: $500.00

Rules & Terms

Submission Rules

1. Submission Formats: Password protected online screeners must be embedded in each film's FilmFreeway submission profile. DVD submissions, download links, or stand-alone links will not be accepted.

Only completed entry packets will be processed and considered for festival presentation. A complete entry packet includes:

-- An online screener embedded in a FilmFreeway submission. Passwords are encouraged.
-- Completed submission online form (Macon Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.)
-- Submission fee (made payable to Macon Film Festival)
-- Digital Press kit (2 Hi-Resolution JPEG stills from the film.)
-- Brief film synopsis
-- Just to repeat, DVD submissions will not be accepted.

2. Each entry must be a separate submission. If you select more than one film category for your film you must pay the full entry fee for each category.

3. Student films must include a copy of a current student ID or proof of current enrollment. Copies of student ids can be e-mailed to

4. Complete submission packets must be postmarked by deadline dates below.

-- Early Deadline - September 20, 2016
-- Regular Deadline - January 9, 2017
-- Late Deadline - February 9, 2017
-- Extended Deadline - March 9, 2017

5. Works in progress are not encouraged. Submissions will be jurored in the state they are received.

6. To qualify for the 2017 Macon Film Festival submissions must have been completed after May 31, 2015. Submissions completed prior to May 31, 2015 will not be accepted.

7. All official selection films selected to be in competition for the 2017 festival will not be eligible to receive screening fees.

8. If your film is selected as an official submission the cost of shipping hard copies of festival screeners to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.

9. All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to the Macon Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

10. Official selection screeners will NOT be returned unless the submission filmmaker provides a self addressed stamped envelope. No exceptions.

11. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

12. By submitting the filmmaker confirms that they are duly authorized to submit the film to the Macon Film Festival (MaGa) without the consent of any third party (or, if the consent of other parties is required, all of them are also signing this Agreement)

13. By submitting the filmmaker confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival. The film does not violate any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any person or entity. Releases for music, images, content and talent must be obtained by the filmmaker. MaGa is not liable for copyright infringement or unauthorized use.

8 Reviews

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    David Rae Morris

    This is a great film festival in a wonderful small Southern city. The venues are wonderful, especially the beautifully restored old theaters. The organizers and the volunteers were gracious and hospitable, and all the films were provocative and engaging. Very happy to have been able to show my film here.

    August 2016
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    Mark Maloney

    Had a blast at the Macon Film Festival seeing films and meeting other film makes and actors.
    The staff and organizers were uber friendly, just an all around fun festival.

    August 2016
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    Brandon Lewis

    Macon Film Festival is the next Sundance. It's just that good. The town, the people, the films and the screening venues all scream something altogether special. Everything is in walking distance and there was even a stretch limo to get filmmakers to and from the hotel. Who does that?? Macon Film Festival has carved out its own niche as something very special.

    Team Jerico, 2016 Audience Choice Award winner.

    August 2016
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    Kent Igleheart

    A wonderful experience! Great venues and events! A perfect small town to easily move between locations and get a chance to meet and talk to people.

    July 2016
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    Dewayne Bontrager

    Another Great year for the Macon Film Festival. Big props for the hospitality given to the film makers. The food at the film makers lounge is always outstanding. They always make us feel at home and appreciated.

    July 2016