Way Down Film Festival (WDFF) is back with the 2nd annual, high-profile
film festival in Columbus, GA. WDFF will showcase over 40 short films, celebrating the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world.
Curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks, each screening will run 70-90
minutes and consist of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector with a pristine sound system, film screenings will take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House.
Following each screening will be filmmaker Q&A’s, moderated by our soon-to-be announced celebrity emcee. Select filmmakers and our celebrity/industry judges will also be in attendance.
Peppered throughout the two-day festival will be rocking, celebratory
receptions and networking gatherings.
The Saloon at The Springer will be available to VIP ticket holders, and those who
purchase an entrance fee pass. The Saloon will be open throughout the entirety
of the festival for a swank, hip, gathering spot to network, enjoy the cash bar,
and talk film!
A few shindigs, with more to be announced, include:
VIP Champagne Reception - Morning Filmmaker Coffee Hour -
Network After Parties - Closing Night Awards Ceremony Gala.

Awards & Prizes

$2,500 Cash Prize for Best Overall Film and $250 Cash Prize for six(6) sub-categories!

Rules & Terms

Any short film with a running time of 1 minute to 25 minutes, including credits.

Entries must be submitted as a digital submission.

Films cannot be tied to a distribution deal.

Once selected, the filmmaker must have available either DCP or digital "print" (minimum format is Quicktime) for projection.

Participants agree that clips from their film and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, WDFF website and for any promotional purposes which WDFF deems appropriate.

No screeners and/or promotional materials will be returned to the filmmaker, unless arranged in advance with the festival office.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. WDFF will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copywritten materials.

The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmakers.

WDFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e. insurance).

Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.

7 Reviews

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    Sozo Bear

    Way Down Film Festival was a blast! Stacy, Jacy, Cora, and Scott all put their hearts and souls into this festival and it shows. They've created a weekend filled with excitement, creativity, and movie magic. Thank you for respecting film as art and giving us along with all of the other filmmakers, a platform to showcase our passion. If you're a filmmaker looking for a festival that will truly respect and honor your craft, look no further than Way Down Film Festival.

    October 2017
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    Adam Forrester

    This festival was so much fun. The theatre was packed for all the screenings. Such a beautiful historic venue. Lots of special events and the awards ceremony was a blast. We will definitely be back.

    November 2016
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    Paula Goldberg

    Fantastic film festival. The Springer Opera House is an amazing location for the screenings. This was probably the friendliest, most social and professional film festival I have attended. They honor artists and filmmakers and provide a wonderful sense of community around the event. Do not miss this unique opportunity to share your work in an encouraging environment that values storytelling.

    November 2016
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    Patrick Albright

    Was absolutely awesome! I felt like a king. I only wish there was a separate award for local filmmakers.

    November 2016
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    Jared Cooley

    I really enjoyed this festival and would recommend it to other filmmakers.

    October 2016