Micropolitan Film Festival
Submissions Open Feb 1- Jun 1, 2018
Festival Weekend August 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2018

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 a brand-spankin' new film festival 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 (and beyond) 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 30 minutes or less (including credits).


Earlybird Deadline: April 1, 2018 | $20
Regular Deadline: May 1, 2018 | $25
Late Deadline: June 1, 2018 | $30
Extended Deadline: July 1, 2018 | $35 (you are laaaate, but not too late)

Notification Date: July 1, 2018
Screening Weekend: August 10, 11, and 12, 2018


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

Awarded an official selection laurel, screened at our Festival (August 10, 11, 12) and listed under official selections on our site.

Artisan's Award in Directing
Artisan's Award in Cinematography
Artisan's Award in Cinematic Editing
Artisan's Award in Make Up Application / SFX

Storyteller's Award in Writing
Storyteller's Award in Unique Artistry
Storyteller's Award in Engagement
Storyteller's Award in Humor

Craftsman's Award in Production Design
Craftsman's Award in Production Quality
Craftsman's Award in Acting (in each category)

Machinist's Award in Special Effects
Machinist's Award in Sound Design
Machinist's Award in Musical Score

Melodist's Award in Original Song Writing
Melodist's Award in Composition
Melodist's Award in Musical Performance

Best Overall Film: Local Filmmakers
Best Overall Film: Regional Filmmakers
Best Overall Film: National Filmmakers

Audience Favorite: Local Filmmakers
Audience Favorite: Regional Filmmakers
Audience Favorite: National Filmmakers

Millennial Award: For Best Film Shot on a Mobile Phone

Juror's Award


Films will be juried (by local industry professionals and educators) and selected for screening based on the following criteria:

-Unique artistry and creativity
-Engagement and pace
-Technical quality

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

1) Films must be under 30 minutes, including title and credit sequences

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

3) Your film must have completed production on or after January 1, 2017

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

5) 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 screen or post your work online either, but 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 and Festival website.

6) All submissions are final, no refunds will be provided.

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.