The Southern City Film Festival (SCFF) will celebrate its 2nd annual film festival from November 2nd-5th 2017. The SCFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and our audiences. SCFF with industry panels, amazing prizes, VIP parties, celebrity guests, and so much more is sure to have something for everyone! Last year we screened over 40 films across 5 different venues with parties every night! Join us this year to see southern hospitality epitomized.

Not to mention our exclusive category 'Script-to-Screen' where you can submit your screenplay in place of the movie...all you have to do is actually show up with the movie!

The Southern City Institute is dedicated to the education and promotion of the arts by celebrating film through the Southern City Film Festival. SCFF seeks to create venues in the community to encourage education, artistic expression, and acknowledge emerging filmmakers from around the world and within our community.

"Hollywood glam meets southern charm at the southeast's best film festival, Southern City." - Ashley Bratcher (Actress/Writer)

"This festival is a HOME RUN!" "The Southern hospitality never stops in Aiken." "Not pretentious and not boring." - Douglas Monroe (Filmmaker)

"Good food, great films, and new friends await you in in Aiken, SC." - Jared Callahan (Filmmaker)

"SCFF takes southern hospitality to a new level. They create a great experience for the filmmakers. It was a pleasure to attend a festival that wasn't over-programmed. There was plenty of time between screenings for Q & A, a bite to eat, and real human connections. Feature selections showed a real sense of artistic taste. It's nice to know that SCFF's standards make your selection meaningful; not just another set of laurels. I felt valued and validated having a short film at SCFF; rather than insignificant and ignored." - Nick Lavanos (Filmmaker)

"The hospitality shown to me and my team was world class. Aiken, South Carolina is a magical place. A perfect setting for an amazing film festival." - Chris White (Filmmaker)

Awards & Prizes

We have prizes for each category!

Feature Films
Documentary Films
Short Films
'Script to Screen'
Screipt/Screenplay Competition

Script/Screenwriting Competition

If accepted, filmmakers receive 2 Filmmaker (All-Access) Passes, Swag bag, Selection Laurels, and 1 Hotel room for the festival. Filmmakers receive a screening of their film at one of our beautiful venues and a "Q & A" after every screening. Passes include access to our Filmmakers Lounge, Opening Night Gala, and Exclusive Sponsor Party.

If you win an award, you receive a stunning sculpture and Laurels for each award. In addition, our Jury is a cross-section of the best in the industry.

Rules & Terms

COMPLETION DATE: Only films made within the last two (2) years are eligible for submission. Southern City does not have any premiere requirements. However, the festival does take previous screenings and broadcasts into consideration when making its official selections, particularly when films have already screened in South Carolina.

LANGUAGE: DVD or online preview screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles.

ROUGH CUTS: Rough cuts are accepted for entry. If you submit a rough cut, we cannot guarantee that the programmers will be able to review an updated cut at a later date. If you are submitting a rough cut, make sure it is indicated as such on your submission copy. Include intended final running time and work remaining to be completed with your entry. Southern City does not exhibit works-in-progress at the festival. Films must be completed by July 15, 2017 in order to be screened.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: You must have one of the following formats available by July 15, 2017, if accepted, for screening at the festival.

HIGH DEFINITION - Blu-Ray, or Quicktime (.mov) file.
STANDARD DEFINITION - DVD or Quicktime (.mov) file.

FESTIVAL NOTIFICATION: Notification will be sent by email or phone to the contact listed on the entry form by mid-August 2017. You are responsible for updating Southern City directly regarding any change to your contact information and ensuring that emails from are not blocked by spam filters.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Southern City requires ONE (1) DVD or Blu-Ray NTSC (Region 1 or 0) or PAL format disc. Include the film title, running time, and format (NTSC or PAL) on your disc. Quicktime (.mov) files are also acceptable for entry on a USB device or data disc (DVD, CD, or Blu-Ray). Submission materials will NOT be returned. Online screeners must include a link to the film and the password in this form.

Physical submissions (DVD, Blu-Ray, PAL, USB, Data Disc) should be mailed to:
Southern City
PO BOX 275
Aiken, SC 29802

FOR INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS: (Outside U.S.) - filmmakers MUST write on the package, "NO commercial value - for cultural purposes only."

APPLICATION DETAILS: Preview materials will NOT be returned. Include the film title, running time, and format (NTSC or PAL) on your disc. All entry deadlines are postmark deadlines. Entries postmarked after the final deadline will not be considered. Submission fees are non-refundable.


By submitting this film and/or screenplay, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this film and/or screenplay to the Southern City Film Festival ("Southern City") and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; I take responsibility for securing and obtaining any and all third party material, trademarked material and copyrighted material (collectively, the "Content"). Southern City will not be held responsible for any Content in my film which may result in a claim arising out of use of the Content. If Southern City requests, I will provide all appropriate clearance paperwork for Content. This film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever; If this film is selected for screening at Southern City, I grant Southern City the right to screen this film in Aiken, South Carolina, November 2-5, 2017; I understand and agree that this film entry, if selected for the Festival, may be used for promotional and advertising purposes for Southern City and/or its partners and affiliates and I grant Southern City and its partners the rights to use up to two minutes of footage, photographic stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes; I fully indemnify and hold Southern City and its partners and affiliates harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from Southern City or during the course of festival possession of the entry; and b) from any claims which may arise in connection with this film. If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all the costs of defense incurred by Southern City and pay any award of damages which may ensue. I also agree to reimburse Southern City for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim. I understand their will be no refunds. I also understand that Southern City reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate competition category. By submitting my film, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.

13 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Alvaro Ron

    Fantastic festival for emerging and independent filmmakers.

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! We can't wait to have you back again soon!

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    Christopher Maloney

    These guys do a great job, especially for being a new fest. Very attentive to the filmmakers and passionate about their work.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Christopher and congratulations on your short. We can't wait to have the feature back!!!

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    Patrik Eriksson

    Great festival. Generous and communicative. Had the pleasure of showing my film this year and hopefully on upcoming festivals as well.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Patrik! Your film was beautiful!

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    karishma Choudhury

    Southern City Film Festival is a great festival and platform, proud to be a part of Southern City Film Festival

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Karishma! We loved having your film and having you be a part of our festival. We're proud to have you as a SCFF Alumni!!

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    Chip Hiden

    This is an amazing festival! Great hospitality!

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!! We pride ourselves on our "Southern Hospitality"