News & Updates

The latest news from the Macon Film Festival:


For Immediate Release - June 30, 2014
Media Contacts: Macon Film Festival: Terrell Sandefur, 478.319.0243,; Bragg Jam: Leila Regan-Porter,; Tess Harper,


Macon Film and Music Festivals to Partner in 2015

MACON, Georgia - Macon Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a tan and some tunes.  The film festival will move from its traditional February date to July 16 - 19, 2015, and collaborate with Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival to create a ten-day film and music event in Macon. 

We have been discussing the benefits of a summer festival for some time, said Julie Wilkerson, president of Macon Film Festival. Gaining the support of Bragg Jam makes it possible for us to collaborate and present a week of arts programming that reflects our separate yet similar missions.

The first collaboration will take place this summer.  Macon Film Festival will host the Georgia premiere screening of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at The Douglass Theatre, prior to the Bragg Jam concert crawl. Admission is $5 or free with a 2014 Bragg Jam Concert Crawl wristband or VIP pass. Filmmaker Jace Freeman, who co-wrote and directed the film will attend the event along with fellow co-writer, Sean Clark.

"Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Community Festival is thrilled by this collaboration, said Jamie Weatherford, president of Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival. “Both festivals are widely acknowledged as major tourism draws, attractors of the creative class and huge economic drivers for the City of Macon and beyond. By marrying the two festivals into a one week series of events, both Bragg Jam and Macon Film Festival will be able to provide a level of programming and entertainment that is unprecedented in the beautiful state of Georgia."

This summers screening of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope is just a taste of what is to come when we put our collective heads together, Wilkerson added.

"We’re excited to have our Georgian premiere in Macon,” said The Ballad of Shovels and Rope co-writer and director Jace Freeman.  “We’ve already been having a great response on the festival circuit, and can’t wait to share it with an audience that appreciates a good Southern musical story." Sean Clark, co-writer and producer is also scheduled to appear.


About Macon Film Festival
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. The Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in multiple historic theatres in the city's downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, and workshops throughout the festival weekend. The board of directors includes Julie Wilkerson, President; Sam Macfie, Vice President; Priscilla Esser, Secretary; April Hornsby, Treasurer; Jeff Bruce, At Large; Terrell Sandefur, At Large; Danny Davis, Heidi Lancaster, Tony Long, Sr:  Tim Regan-Porter and Tabitha Lynne Walker, Festival Programmer. Learn more at or call (478) 256-3809. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MaconFilmFest).


About Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids' Festival

Inspired by late musicians and brothers Brax & Tate Bragg and operated as a 501c3 under a volunteer board of directors, Bragg Jam has now given over $150,000 back to local charities in memory of Brax and Tate. Proceeds will continue to benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and other efforts that promote nature, art and music in the community. Since 1999, Bragg Jam has evolved from an impromptu jam session to citywide music festival to a full-scale arts festival and Macon’s premier music event. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (@braggjam). 

Macon Film Festival looking for an exciting "LOOK" for the 10th Anniversary

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Branding & Marketing Materials for 2015 Macon Film Festival


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.

The Macon Film Festival is held annually in the heart of historic downtown Macon’s arts and culture center. The 2015 festival will mark the 10thanniversary of the film festival that is scheduled for July 16th –19th.


The Macon Film Festival is seeking proposals for the creation and implementation of the 2015 festival brand. The intent of this RFP is to identify and contract with a qualified designer, firm, or agency to develop the2015 brand.


·       Create the look of the 2015 festival for marketing and merchandise purposes

·       Build and broaden awareness of the Macon Film Festival

·       Create and maintain a consistent visual identity for 2015 festival programs and events


Below is a breakdown of the 2015 festival needs. The selected applicant will provide final designed files of the items listed below in a high-resolution PDF and JPEG file formats unless noted otherwise. The festival Marketing Committee will handle all printing expenses.

·       2015Festival Logo (PSD, EPS, PDF, and JPEG versions required)

·       Call for Submissions Ad (728 x 90, 300 x 250,180 x 600)

·       Ticket Special Ad (728 x 90, 300 x 250,180 x 600)

·       Generic2015 Festival Ad (728 x 90, 300 x 250,180 x 600)

·       Festival T-Shirt Design - Front & Back

·       All Access Pass Design - Front & Back (3.75 x 5.25)

·       Screening Pass Design - Front & Back (3.75 x 5.25)

·       Venue Poster Design (36 x 48)

·       Promotional Poster Design (11 x 17)


·       2015Festival Logo – September 19, 2014

·       Call for Submissions Ad – October 3, 2014

·       Ticket Ad– March 20, 2015

·       Generic Festival Ad – May 29, 2015

·       Festival T-Shirt Design – May 29, 2015

·       All-Access Pass Design – May 29, 2015

·       Screening Pass Design – May 29, 2015

·       Venue Poster Design - May 29, 2015

·       Generic Poster Design - May 29, 2015


·       Prospective Funders

·       Festival Audience

·       Festival Filmmakers

·       Partner Organizations

·       Regional and Local Media


·       A proposal outlining your qualifications

·       An outline of how the projects above would be carried out

·       An estimate of fees to be charged and possible incurred expenses

·       Relevant previous project examples or design portfolio

·       Contact information of three references of clients from the past 18 months


The Macon Film Festival Board of Directors and Marketing Committee will evaluate applicant proposals and make the final selection based on:

·       The quality of the proposal and the adequacy of required information

·       The estimate of project fees

·       Experience in developing a brand for other organizations and/or businesses

·       Feedback from provided references

·       The applicant’s capacity and willingness to adhere to set project deadlines


 The festival Marketing Committee strongly encourages you to visit the festival website at

Please contact the festival programmer ( or the festival marketing committee chair ( or with any questions.




RFP Notifications: June 16, 2014

Proposals Deadline:  June 30, 2014

Contract Notification: July 18, 2014

Upon review of proposals the festival marketing committee may request a meeting with applicants to further discuss the proposal before the contract notification deadline of July 18, 2014.

Deadline:    All proposals must be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses below by June 30, 2014. Proposals received after June 30, 2014 will not be accepted.


Mailing Address:

Macon Film Festival

PO Box 929

Macon, Georgia 31202-0929



News & Updates Entries

Macon Film Festival & Macon Film Commission Host the Macon Premiere of “SELMA" on January 8 including red carpet, screening and Q&A. Selma, which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 9, has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Director.

Macon Film Festival announced that film and television actor Matthew Modine, will be a special guest at the ninth annual festival, which will be held Feb. 27 – March 2, 2014.

The Macon Film Festival board of directors have announced their official selections for the 2014 festival.  Categories are Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts, Animation, Documentary Feature, Documentary Shorts, Music Video, Music Documentary, and Student Shorts.

The official selections for the Narrative Feature and Narrative Shorts competition for the 2014 Macon Film Festival have been announced. Official narrative selections include films from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, India, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The official selections for the Student Shorts competition for the 2014 Macon Film Festival (February 27 – March 2) have been announced. The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from United Kingdom, Lebanon, France, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, India, and Russia.