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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  • 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

2015 Macon Film Festival Special Guest - Burt Reynolds



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



Tickets for the 10th Annual Macon Film Festival, held July 16th – July 19, 2015, are now on sale. See our ticket information page for information on ticket levels and instructions for exchanging your tickets for passes during the festival.

Volunteers: Apply now!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any good festival. Help us welcome visiting filmmakers and all of our wonderful guests and festivalgoers. Macon Film Festival volunteers receive a cool volunteer t-shirt and a Day Pass for each day of the Festival. Fill out the volunteer form to lend a hand.

News & Updates Entries

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.

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