Festival Screening Info
August 6th from 7-10pm

Marion Train Depot
45 Depot St. Marion NC 28752

Tickets $14 at mcdowellarts.org/mff

Hope to see y'all there! <3


Micropolitan Film Festival

mi·cro·pol·i·tan: adjective/
relating to an sub/urban area with a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000

Welcome y'all!
We are produced by McDowell Arts Council (MACA) located in the beautiful Micropolis of Marion, NC. The mission of this festival is to showcase the work of Micropolitan folks in our region who are producing film projects that don't quite fit into any niche genre, category, or competition. We welcome submissions from both emerging and experienced filmmakers, emphasizing the artistic passion, vision, and independent spirit of original cinematic storytelling. Artists, we're here for you!

Films can be any genre and we encourage an original take on small-town life experiences or films made by those whose inspiration draws from their small town roots: comfortable, traumatizing, or downright strange (we're keeping this criteria open to YOUR interpretation). Whether your film is a documentary, sci-fi, comedy, animation, romance, art-film, silent, or horror: we want to experience stories through the eyes of both insiders and outsiders of the Micropolitan world. This is a 'Short Film' festival and films must have a running time of 15 minutes or less (including credits).


Earlybird Deadline: April 1, 2022 | $20
Regular Deadline: May 1, 2022 | $25
Late Deadline: July 1, 2022 | $35

Notification Date: July 1, 2022
Screening: August 6th 2022


For more information, sponsorship, or media inquiries, please contact:
MACA | 828-652-8610 | mcdowellarts@gmail.com | Anna Branam

S U B M I S S I O N R U L E S:

1) Films must be under 15 minutes, including title and credit sequences

2) All genre of film are welcome and multiple entries are allowed

3) Your film must have completed production on or after January 1, 2020

4) Submissions in languages other than English are welcome, but they must be subtitled in English

5) All submissions are final, no refunds will be provided

6) MFF DOES NOT issue waivers for submission fees. We do offer discount codes, student pricing, FF Gold pricing, and other special promotions.

7) Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions from all parties involved, and giving proper credit for all creative content included in their films: including, but not limited to, music, trademarks, logos, and other intellectual property. MFF disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing. These rights are granted and accountable by you, the film director and/or producer.



Films that have:
(a) have been posted online publicly
(b) have aired on syndicated television prior to the festival dates
(d) available for purchase online in North America
....are NOT eligible for screening or Awards at MFF.

We won't post your work online either, although MFF reserves the right to use excerpts of your submitted film, stills, and trailers for the purposes of publicity of the film on various social networks, Festival website, and to screen your film in its entirety at subsequent encore screening events.

Overall Rating
  • A Great Short Film Festival showcasing some of North Carolinas Independent Filmmakers. A+ Quality and Friendly Atmosphere for All. This was our second year in the competition and will most definitely be in the 2023 Festival.

    August 2022
  • Julie Whitis-Church

    Great festival. Would definitely submit again!

    July 2021
  • Austin Street

    A smaller festival, but one with great people and selections. Absolutely worth the value, free drinks and alcohol, cheap popcorn, and 8 films that you get to watch alongside local filmmakers. Good amount of awards as well.

    August 2019
  • Tyler Mckenzie

    An wonderful festival that showcases loads of great talent in North Carolina! The audience Q&A portion is the best part of the festival, where everyone gets to know the team behind the films and learn about the process behind them.

    Only thing that should be adjusted is the way they handle the awards, and the audience favorite voting.

    August 2019
  • Dave Harlequin

    An absolutely wonderful film festival with a friendly and hospitable staff that really goes the extra mile to make you feel welcome and comfortable. It was an absolute pleasure to screen there, and I will definitely be submitting again and again!

    August 2019