Way Down Film Festival (WDFF) began in 2016 as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. WDFF annually showcases over 40 short films; celebrating the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world.

WDFF was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts - to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences to walk away with more courage and perspective, feeling inspired and connected.

Curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks, each screening runs 70-90 minutes and consists of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector with a pristine sound system, film screenings take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House.

Peppered throughout the two-day festival, filmmakers can enjoy:
VIP Kickoff with complimentary grub & cocktails
2 Evening Screenings, each followed by a moderated Q&A session with attending filmmakers
Exclusive Access into The Saloon at The Springer - the networking gathering spot between screenings with filmmakers and VIP Judges. Cash bar with sodas, wine, beer, and refreshments
Friday Night After-Party, location TBD (Age 21+)

Saturday Morning Coffee with the Judges (complimentary coffee and refreshments)
4 Daytime Screenings, each followed by a moderated Q&A session with attending filmmakers
Exclusive Access into The Saloon at The Springer - the networking gathering spot between screenings with filmmakers and VIP Judges. Cash bar with sodas, wine, beer, and refreshments
Closing Night Awards Bash salutes WDFF’s 2018 filmmakers. Enjoy complimentary cuisine, a cash bar, live DJ, and one rocking awards ceremony

Sunday Screening Afterglow kicks off at 12:30pm with complimentary brunch and beverages in The Saloon. To follow, WDFF will screen some of the festival favorites in honor of our entertainment and service industry professionals who had to work during the festival.

$2,500 Cash Prize for Best Overall Film and $250 Cash Prize for six(6) sub-categories!

Any short film with a running time of 1 minute to 25 minutes, including credits.

Entries must be submitted as a digital submission.

Films cannot be tied to a distribution deal.

Once selected, the filmmaker must have available either DCP or digital "print" (minimum format is Quicktime) for projection.

Participants agree that clips from their film and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, WDFF website and for any promotional purposes which WDFF deems appropriate.

No screeners and/or promotional materials will be returned to the filmmaker, unless arranged in advance with the festival office.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. WDFF will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copywritten materials.

The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmakers.

WDFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e. insurance).

Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Goldburg

    My film screened at Way Down this year and even though I was unable to attend, the festival staff was extremely communicative and positive and the venue at the Springer Opera House looked amazing. And their hospitality is amazing, too. Definitely recommend this festival!

    November 2017
  • Honored to have been invited to participate in the 2017 Way Down Film Festival. Thank you to Stacy and all the festival team for including Beauty School in your program.

    October 2017
  • Raymond Wood

    Really enjoyed the Way Down Film Festival this year in Columbus, GA! This was the very first public screening of my short film "Cells," and I couldn't have asked for a better reception. Tons of great films and some really great people running this festival!

    October 2017
  • Bradley Hawkins

    WDFF is easily the best organized and most filmmaker-friendly film festival I've attended since I began attending film festivals throughout the country with my short films since Nov. 2015. Every effort is made by the founders of WDFF to make attending filmmakers feel warmly welcomed and appreciated. Their communication skills, including email and the use of all of their social media platforms is outstanding as well and deserving of a 6th star, if that were possible! And you could not ask for a classier venue for a film festival than the beautiful Springer Opera House! WDFF is a first class act from start-to-finish, and is definitely a fest that every short filmmaker should consider submitting to!

    October 2017
  • Sozo Bear

    Way Down Film Festival was a blast! Stacy, Jacy, Cora, and Scott all put their hearts and souls into this festival and it shows. They've created a weekend filled with excitement, creativity, and movie magic. Thank you for respecting film as art and giving us along with all of the other filmmakers, a platform to showcase our passion. If you're a filmmaker looking for a festival that will truly respect and honor your craft, look no further than Way Down Film Festival.

    October 2017