Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.

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The 2016 Macon Film Festival will be held

July 21-24, 2016 in downtown Macon, Georgia.



Featuring Andrew McCarthy and a special 30th-anniversary screening of Pretty in Pink




Visit our SUBMISSIONS page to learn more about the Macon Film Festival submission requirements and selection process.



  • Best of 'Student Shorts' Category: Two for Tea director Ben Joyner
  • Best of 'Animation Shorts' Category: Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou directors Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon
  • Best of 'Music Video' Category: Look at the Sound director Bobby McCullough
  • Best of 'LGBT Shorts' Category: Forced Contact director Daniele Sartori
  • Best of 'Documentary Shorts' Category: Snow Wars director Frank Mirbach
  • Best of 'Narrative Shorts' Category: The Gunfighter director Eric Kissack
  • Best of 'Documentary Feature' Category: Urban Century director Ryan Jones & Shawn Willis
  • Best of 'Narrative Feature' Category: Day Release director Geoffrey Cowper
  • Best of 'Southern' Category: You Belong to Me director John Cork
  • Best of 'Music' Category: Buskin Blues director Erin Derham
  • Excellence in Editing: Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou directors Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon
  • Excellence in Cinematography: Forced Contact director Daniele Sartori
  • Excellence in Directing: Day Release director Geoffrey Cowper
  • The Melvyn Douglass 'Best in Show' Award: Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want me to Be director J. Elvis Weinstein
  • Audience Choice Documentary: Take Me to the River director Martin Shore
  • Audience Choice Narrative Short: Universal Language director Kirsten Russell
  • Audience Choice Narrative Feature: Wildlike director Frank Hall Green


The Macon Film Festival is held annually in the heart of historic downtown Macon, Georgia's arts & culture center.

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News & Updates Entries

Sundance Film Forward travels to Georgia with filmmaker Mimi Valdes (Producer, Dope) for a movie screening. Free and open to the public.

The Special Screenings & Spotlight Films that will headline the tenth annual festival, held July 16-19, 2015, are MAVIS! , DELIVERANCE and SHARKY’S MACHINE with special guest Burt Reynolds, SLOW WESTWESTERNLIVE FROM NEW YORK!, and HOW SWEET THE SOUND: BLIND BOYS FROM ALABAMA.

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Burt Reynolds will be a special guest at the tenth annual festival, which will be held July 16-19, 2015. Mr. Reynolds will headline the Special Screening of DELIVERANCE, which was filmed in Georgia, on Friday, July 17, at the Douglass Theatre, located at 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Reynolds will also be screening SHARKY’S MACHINE on Sunday at 5pm at The Douglass Theatre. A Question & Answer session will follow the screening.