The Northeast Mountain Film Festival originated in a small historic town Dillard, GA nestled in Blueridge mountains with spectacular natural views and sceneries. The first year was celebrated in a very intimate environment where film-makers came over from different countries to celebrate the festivity of films and screenplays. We believe in simplicity and making the right connections to grow together in the long run.

We are now accepting films, scripts and screenplays for NMFF 2020 session. Every year, we are celebrating and experiencing the era of Films and Cinema with highly accomplished professionals. Our festival provides a platform for the most promising independent films and screenplays. The festival aims to promote exchange between emerging directors, new and established film workers, the global film industry and the community. Whether it's a major production from a professional company, a student film, or a micro-budget labor of love, the Festival is committed to giving each film due consideration. Northeast Mountain Film Festival had received over 500 films from 40 countries and screened only the extra-ordinary 50 films including short, feature and documentaries in different genres such drama, thriller, social awakening in its first year.
Please Note: Due to the restrictions imposed on traveling due to high risk of pandemic of Coronavirus, our Annual Event might cancel this year. Thank you again for your submissions and there will not be any changes in judging and awards and certificates will be mailed this year.

Northeast Mountain Film Festival 2018 Winners
1) Best Film : The Mountain Minor by Dale Farmer, The Mississippi Whistle by Justyn Bell
2) Best Director: Daljit Kalsi for Harvest Season & Bound
3) Best Actress: Hanni Bergesch for The Gray Woman
4) Best Actor: John Purdy for Angel In The Foxhole; Brian Bascle for Esther's Attic
5) Best Screenplay: Dr. Portia by Millie West
6) Best Comedy: Tumble Dry by Stephen Risiccia
7) Best Horror Short: The Last Vacation
8) Best Documentary: Journey Home by Tamara Nance
9) Best Music: Grandpa by John Niespodzianski
10) Best Music Video: Unhappy Holiday by Katie Garibaldi
11) Best Supporting Actor: Push by John Iwanokiw ( Directed by Jason Boyar)
12) Best Wildlife/Nature Documentary: Last of the Big Tuskers by James Currie
13) Best Animation: The Spirit Seam
14) Best Sci-Fi: The Curse of the Great Melinda by Mick Turpin
15) Best Student Film-maker: When I Leave by Alexis Barone
16) Best Experimental: Down to The Plastic Ocean by Dan Aguar

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.

Overall Rating
  • Alexis Barone

    Talk about a warm welcome! The little town of Dillard, GA is so much fun to explore, and affordable even for big groups.

    Thank you to the festival for hosting such a wonderful slate of films, from local creators to international thrillers! Also thank you for the recognition for "When I Leave" as the Best Student Film!

    March 2020
  • Hanni Bergesch

    It was a fantastic film festival! The reception was wonderful! I felt a star! And after winning the best actress award, competing my short together as long films, I felt immensely valued and respected as an actress and film producer. Thank you Northeastfilmfestival!

    Hanni Bergesch

    October 2019
  • Great event! This was my first try at a short story and I really feel confident about this category.

    July 2019
  • Gerry Pass

    We wish we could have made this festival and are grateful for you having our film as a participant. Second Acts.

    July 2019
  • First of all the location was amazing. We wanted to move down there after visiting. The Dillard House is a great venue. Very relaxing. The festival was well done and they helped make sure everyone was engaged in the event. We learned a great deal and made new friends. See you next year for sure!

    July 2019