The Northeast Mountain Film Festival is celebrating and experience the era of films and Cinema in the gorgeous mountains of Northeast Georgia. The idea of making films should be done in a serene place where one adores nature and art. Dillard, where the festival is happening, is in the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains, a physio-graphic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. The mountain range is in the eastern United States and extends 550 miles southwest from southern Pennsylvania through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Winter, summer, spring and fall, the Northeast Georgia Mountains are simply beautiful. Winter is cool and quiet with occasional snow. Spring is best for trout fishing, wildflowers, blooming dogwoods and native azaleas. Summer brings a profusion of mountain laurel and rhododendron blossoms, along with warmer water for tubing & rafting. Dillard is the perfect place to celebrate the harvest and the glorious color of fall, or to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

Our idea was to have our Annual Event in a place where the era of films has taken place. We did quite the research on finding the right destination for the Film Festival. We went from Highlands to Gainesville looking for the perfect place. We could have totally done it at the local theater or a play house, however, we believe in celebrating somewhere that embodies the details and history of a story telling form. Here is the story of the Dillard House, where the Festival will be held in the first week of June.

The Dillard House restaurant and resort offers 92 guest rooms and suites, 4 cottages, 18 chalets, a modern conference center and all the standard amenities. Guests travel from around the world to experience the award-winning southern cuisine and unmatchable service developed from 101 years of business!

In 1794 Captain John Dillard was awarded a land grant of 1000 acres in the valley for his service during the American Revolution. Legend says that Captain Dillard made peace with the local Cherokee Indians by trading a muzzle-loading rifle, a jug of apple brandy, one coonskin cap and $3 cash for all the land between the two mountain tops. Carrie and Arthur Dillard initially established the present-day Dillard House in 1917 in the Georgia mountains, when their first guest was a circuit-riding minister named Rev. Henry Byrd. Carrie Dillard was a woman of high values, strong work ethic and keen business sense. She was a wonderful cook, gifted gardener and very accommodating hostess. Every guest was treated like family, and Carrie taught that practice of hospitality to her children and grandchildren, alike. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of guests have enjoyed wonderfully prepared Southern style home-cooked meals at the Dillard House in the same family tradition as when Carrie first put up her jams and relishes. Now in its 101st year, The Dillard House Inn and Restaurant have become famous throughout the area for its traditional home-style meals and authentic Southern hospitality – the unique result of our 200-year heritage.

The place was once a simple and modest mountain home of just six rooms, The Dillard House has grown into a modern hotel that can accommodate hundreds of guests at a time. We can provide comfortable and beautiful surroundings as well as exquisite hospitality and service for every guest we receive.

In the past, the Dillard House welcomed famous folks, such as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and Walt Disney. Arnold Palmer dined here while designing the golf course at the Cullasaja Club in Highlands, North Carolina. Lady Bird Johnson enjoyed lunch in the Rock House in the late 1970s. Even politicians such as President Jimmy Carter, Senator and Mrs. Sam Nunn, Governor Nathan Deal, Governor George Busbee, Senator Max Cleland, Mayor Maynard Jackson and Ambassador Andrew Young have all honored with their visit here at The Dillard House. Many movies such as Decoration Day, Great Locomotive Chase and Deliverance have been filmed in Rabun County and have brought Hollywood stars Henry Silva, James Garner, Chuck Connors, Burt Reynolds and Lonnie Anderson, and Jane Fonda to The Dillard House. Performers like Blondie and Alan Jackson have also visited. The Dillard House is currently hosting a film crew producing a feature film.

You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.

1. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles.

2. Short Film Entries should not exceed 30 minutes in duration excluding titles provided the titles don’t last for more than 2 extra minutes.

3.Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 40 minutes in length. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles. All subtitling expenses are to be met by the film’s producer.

4. Films previously entered and screened at our festival are not eligible for re-entry in subsequent years.

5. All submissions are screened and evaluated by the HFF Preview and Selection Committees, appointed by the festival steering committee. Their reports are final and confidential. All films received, which meet our criteria, will be screened at the festival in our Distributed Cinemas.

6. In the event of a film being withdrawn, HFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

7. HFF will attempt to resolve any technical matter related to the submission. For more information and queries, contact us.

8. One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.

9. Student Filmmakers are encouraged to apply with their student identity to prevail occasional discounts.

10.Entries must be submitted for pre-screening through If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords or your film may be rejected.

12.Works in progress are accepted but are not encouraged. We cannot promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to the final deadline.

13.You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.