Welcome to the 5th Annual, Franklin International Indie Film Festival (FIIFF) PLEASE NOTE OUR EVENT details could change only DUE TO COVID.
FESTIVAL DATES ARE November 9-14, 2021.
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 will be held outdoors observing Social Distancing requirements and we recommend the wearing of masks when joining our festival inside the Mockingbird Theater.
There will be nightly 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 40 minutes. Special permission can be requested.
Our Film Industry panels in the past have included: Write your best story, Tips & Trade Secrets, Producing After Covid, Music Composing & Licensing and Unique Festival perspective for creative success. in 2021 we will hold three panel/discussions. Financing and. incentives on Wednesday November 10, then GET A GRIP and THE FEMALE GAZE on Saturday, November 13. Check you program and then come out and join us. Thank you.
For special requests please contact us. (Director@fiiff.org)

Awards will be presented on SUNDAY, November 14, 2021.
Winners may be selected in the following categories:
Best Feature in Festival
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short (39 minutes or less)
Best Short Film (39 minutes or less)
Best Music Film or Music Video
Online Media Project
Best International Film
Best Inspirational or Purpose Film
Best Student Film
Audience Award
Judges Favorite
Awards will be presented on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2021

By entering the 2021 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
FIIFF 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 FIIFF 2021.
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
  • Sarah Mallabar

    Fantastic film festival! Enormous thanks to Nancy Puetz for making it all happen despite a global pandemic, top marks! We salute you! Delighted to win Best Music Video in 2020, so working on new short drama with a view to submit again!

    May 2021
  • Preston Chase

    Fantastic communication from Nancy Puetz and a very well organised virtual festival with a wonderful selection of top quality films. Thank you, from up north in Canada, for screening my first film Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story and hoping to have another official selection with Franlin International Indie Film Fest down the road

    December 2020
  • The Church of Almighty God (CAG)

    Thank Nancy for this great film festival. We truly appreciate the networking with the filmmakers during the film festival. The film festival team was nice and kept good communication with filmmakers. Besides, we also thank the film festival for screening our film. We will keep bringing more films. Thanks!

    October 2019
  • This year was my second time with a film in this festival, but my first time attending. I'm so glad I went in person. I can't speak highly enough of Nancy Puetz and everybody who works with her; their hospitality and warmth was incredible, and the town of Franklin is lovely. The only disappointment was how few people attended my particular screening, but then, it was at an odd time of day, and that can happen anywhere. Overall, I thought this was a fantastic festival, with thought-provoking and interesting programming, and wonderful human beings. I'll certainly return.

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Your film was very well received by our audience and judges. After being inspired by Creative Block & The Land of Moonstones, we cant wait to see your next project at FIIFF. We enjoyed your work and the conversations we had!!

  • Angela Sadler Williamson

    I don't have all the words to express what a phenomenal film festival the Franklin International Indie Film Festival is for the independent filmmaker. First of all, the communication, along with support from Nan and her entire staff, is top-notch. The promotion around the film festival is incredible and the venue is right out of a "Hallmark" movie. I will definitely submit all my films to the Franklin International Indie Film Festival in the future and you should definitely submit your film. They make you feel treasured!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Angela (Dr Williamson) you are awesome and it was such a pleasiure to meet you in person. Please come back soon to FIIFF. We look forward to your future work.