Welcome to the 5th Annual, Franklin International Indie Film Festival (FIIFF) PLEASE NOTE
2022 FESTIVAL DATES are NOVEMBER 8-14, 2022
FIIFF is located in Franklin, Tennessee, a unique, historic town in the greater Nashville metropolitan area. Filmmakers and celebrities alike will enjoy the ambiance, fraternity, and social experience that comes with FIIFF with films screening at an historic landmark, a short 17 miles from downtown Nashville.
Some of the events may be held outdoors if there is a call for social distancing requirements and if that is needed, we will recommend the wearing of masks when joining our festival inside the Mockingbird Theater.
There will be music entertainment. We are part of the Music City experience, after all. Our industry panels will be inspiring; presented with great confidence and include international participation. There will be an opening night feature film and red carpet event free to our filmmakers.!
Franklin’s historic downtown is definitely where everything happens from celebrated music venues like Kimbro’s Pickin Parlor to awesome local restaurants and bars.
Our state, number seven in the nation in film l/media/entertainment industry jobs and Franklin/Williamson County is definitely worth a visit to see what & where the opportunities are. Whether attending the festival with your latest film or planning your next film project, we will introduce you to the filmmakers, film workers, and an enthusiastic audience members to Franklin/Williamson County where anything is possible and cultural arts are a priority.
Our festival staff is well trained and highly motivated, our filmmakers and film workers are here to welcome you, and our community is ready to celebrate your work. The competition is open to U.S. and International entries.
Please check individual categories for additional requirements.
Note: Student Films "runtime" will be under 30 minutes.
Short Films "runtime" will be under 39 minutes. Special permission can be requested.
Feature Films "runtime" will be under 100 minutes.
Our Film Industry panels in the past have included: GET A GRIP!, Write your best story, Tips & Trade Secrets, The Female Gaze, Producing After Covid, Music Composing & Licensing and Unique Festival perspectives for creative success. In 2021 we held three panel/discussions. Check our website for details of any upcoming events and then come out and join us. Thank you.
For special requests please contact us. (Director@fiiff.org)

Awards will be presented.
Winners may be selected in the following categories:
Best Feature in Festival
Judges Favorite Feature and Short
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short (39 minutes or less)
Best Short Film (39 minutes or less)
Best Music Film
Online Media Project
Best International Film
Best Inspirational or Purpose Film
Best Student Film
Social Activism Award
WCCAC Artist's Award
Community award
Awards will be presented at the Mockingbird Theater

By entering the Franklin International Indie Film Festival (FIIFF) competition you agree to the following conditions:
Entrants must be 18 years or over or include verifiable permission from parent or guardian
Our Competition is open to residents of the United States and all countries unless otherwise stated.
Competition is not available to FIIFF staff or their immediate families
Entries are generally limited to one per filmmaker unless they are individual episodes of a web series and will be accepted for adjutication at the 39 minutte length.
Each entry must be accompanied by the required entry/submission fee.
End date is specified on individual competition.
FIIFF reserves the right to amend the end date at any time.
By entering the FIIFF competition, the winner agrees to participate in promotional activity where required.
Award certificates or prizes are non transferrable to another person
Travel/per diem expenses are NOT included for FIIFF though we hope in future years to help defray expenses incurred with attending our event
If the advertised prize becomes unavailable, FIIFF reserves the right to offer and This festival competition is managed and directed by FIIFF & Tennessee Women in Film & Media and sposored by the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission.
By submitting your project to FIIFF you agree to be contacted for promotional purposes.
No personal data will be shared with third parties unless stated otherwise.
FIIFF reserves the right to amend the competitions at any time.
Notifications will be sent in a timely manner after conclusion of our festival.
Entrant agrees to submit entries that are her/his own original work. Competition entrant must not violate, plagiarize, or infringe any copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy and publicity, personal or proprietary rights. All music and score must be original or cleared.
When "Entrant" submits a project, they agree to allow FIIFF to use the material in a reasonable way on a fee-free basis in any media throughout the world.

Any copyright in the contribution will remain with the Entrant and this permission is not exclusive, including the entrant allowing another to use it.

Overall Rating
  • Mike Stinnett

    From the moment of first contact you know there is something special about this festival. The professionalism of Nancy Puetz (Director) and the dedicated festival staff is impeccable. The event is well organized and thoughtfully planned. Communications are direct and informative, as is the marketing materials used to promote the films, the filmmakers and the festivities. The staff and patrons are discerning and enthusiastic and actively engage the filmmakers during the Q&A sessions. The Mockingbird Theater was the perfect venue. As a filmmaker, I was welcomed and I felt my art was appreciated. I highly recommend this festival to other filmmakers and/or anyone who enjoys watching indie films with a crowd of intelligent, like-minded folks.

    November 2021
  • Thank you for screening our film and a for great Film Festival overall. I'm glad there's a festival like FIIFF in Tennessee!

    November 2021
  • sheri ratick stroud

    We were so very honored that our film HEROES’ HONEYMOON won the Judges award. Sadly, due to a filming conflict we could not attend in person but the communication from the staff and the personal call from the festival director emphasized the care this festival has for filmmakers. I highly recommend submitting. If your budget is limited this needs to be on your list.

    November 2021
  • A wonderful film festival with great communication and a beautiful little theater. Enjoyed it very much!

    November 2021
  • This is a perfect mix of top level filmmakers with talented creators who are just getting started crafting their stories for the big screen. What I loved most about this event was a culture of mutual edification and growth. The Panels were super helpful for those of us not well versed in the business side of filmmaking. Another panel offered very practical input with capturing great audio and the importance of having your crew “set ready”. FIIFF is wonderfully curated by Nancy and her supportive & nurturing staff. A+

    November 2021