Domestic and Foreign Films are accepted in the following genres. Over $9,200 in cash prizes and awards!

Feature
Documentary
Short
Music Video
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Student competition open to domestic filmmakers currently enrolled with a minimum of 9 hours of college credits at a university located in the USA are eligible for entry.
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Mississippi High School Competition open to Mississippi High School Students only.
Mississippi High School Student (Mississippi entries only)

Awards & Prizes

TUPELO FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS for each category: Feature, Documentary, Shorts, and Music Video
1st place $300
2nd place $200
3rd place $100
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STUDENT AWARDS - DOMESTIC ONLY - NO FOREIGN FILMS ACCEPTED
College students currently enrolled with a minimum of 9 hours of college credits are eligible for these additional awards.

1st place $2,500.00
2nd place $1,500.00
3rd place $1,000.00

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MISSISSIPPI HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION
Monetary awards are split equally between the Mississippi High School filmmaker and the school sponsor. ($1,200 in cash prize and awards!)

1st place $600.00
2nd place $200.00
3rd place $100.00
Audience Award $300.00 - goes to the filmmaker and will not be split with sponsor

Rules & Terms

Submissions Guidelines for Features, Documentaries, Shorts & Music Videos

1. Entries accepted from domestic & foreign filmmakers.

2. Film entries must not exceed 90 minutes for features, 60 minutes for documentaries, 45 minutes for shorts and 8 minutes for music videos.

3. It is permissible for film entries to have entered or won other contests.

4. All film entries will be judged on performances, production values and originality. Entries will be reviewed by members of the Tupelo Film Festival Society. Entries selected will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the festival. The decisions of the judges are final and any winning entry found to have violated the rules and regulations will have to forfeit.

5. Film entries must submit through Filmfreeway digitally - no dvd's accepted.

6. Press Kit should be submitted through Filmfreeway at time of film submission.

7. Film entries should include entry title and name of entrant. If selected you will be notified by email on or before, March 15, 2018. There is a limit of two (2) entries per entrant; each with separate application and submission on FilmFreeway.
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Submissions Guidelines for Domestic Student Films

1. Entrant must be a student enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours at a university located in the USA..

2. Film entries must not exceed 90 minutes for features - 45 minutes for shorts - 60 minutes for documentaries.

3. It is permissible for film entries to have entered or won other contests.

4. All film entries will be judged on performances, production values and originality. Entries will be reviewed by members of the Tupelo Film Festival Society. Entries selected will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the festival. The decisions of the judges are final and any winning entry found to have violated the rules and regulations will have to forfeit.

5. Film entries must submit through Filmfreeway digitally - no dvd's accepted.

6. Press Kit should be submitted through Filmfreeway at time of film submission.

7. Film entries should include entry title and name of entrant. If selected you will be notified by email on or before, March 15, 2018. There is a limit of two (2) entries per entrant; each with separate application and submission on FilmFreeway.
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Submissions Guidelines for Mississippi High School Film

1. Entrant must be a student enrolled in a Mississippi High School.

2. Film entries must not exceed 10 minutes running time including credits.

3. Film entries must have been produced in the last two years (no earlier than January 1, 2015)

4. Film entries must be in English or have English subtitles

5. It is permissible for film entries to have entered or won other contests.

6. Film entries should have minimal profanity and violence.

7. All film entries will be judged on performances, production values and originality. Entries will be reviewed by members of the Tupelo Film Festival Society. Entries selected will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the filmmakers Q & A. The decisions of the judges are final and any winning entry found to have violated the rules and regulations will have to forfeit.

8. Entry fee is $10 per film. Film entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway.com and the deadline for entry is December 31st, 2017.

9. Entrant must send a signed entry form by mail to Tupelo Film Festival Society, P.O. Drawer 1505, Tupelo, MS 38802. Forms MUST be signed by the sponsoring faculty member. Entry form available on our website.

10. Film entries must submit through Filmfreeway digitally - no dvd's accepted.

11. Press Kit should be submitted through Filmfreeway at time of film submission.

12. Film entries should include entry title and name of entrant. If selected you will be notified by email on or before, March 15, 2018. There is a limit of two (2) entries per entrant; each with separate application and submission on FilmFreeway.

Indemnification & Rights:
The Tupelo Film Festival Society reserves the right to refuse or reject any material deemed inappropriate for festival screening. The Tupelo Film Festival Society, CREATE Foundation, Inc. and Malco Theatre are not responsible for lost or damaged entries. Submission of an entry is an acknowledgment that the filmmaker and sponsor have obtained any necessary clearances, licenses, approvals, etc. and gives broadcast rights permission in regard to all audio and visual elements, including any non-original aspects of the production. The Tupelo Film Festival Society retains the non-exclusive, uncompensated right to use the film, in excerpts, or its entirety, for exhibition, promotion or any other purpose.

Questions? Please email Carolyn Parson at cpandyou@aol.com

6 Reviews

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    Matthew McCoy

    Fantastic festival run by a knowledgable staff! I will definitely be submitting future films to Tupelo Film Festival.

    August 2017
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    ricardo bates

    I was honored to be a part of the Tupelo Film Festival. The workshops; especially on distribution, were extremely beneficial. I was thankful that my film was well received. The hospitality was amazing. I will definitely submit in the future. Thanks again for everything.

    April 2017
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    Nikhat Powell

    It is amazing how much warmth the organizers extend and how welcome they make you feel! I will definitely go back with my next film! :)

    April 2017
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    Austin Parsons

    I had a blast at Tupelo Film Festival! Everyone there was very warm and welcoming. I'd recommend this festival to anyone interested in submitting next year! I hope I can come back in the future!

    April 2017
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    bruce nelson

    It was a well organized festival. The festival team was very supportive.

    April 2017