2019 call for Submissions Is Now OPEN

- The 2019 call for submissions will run through April 4th - 

You're interested in submitting a film to the 2019 Macon Film Festival, but you're not sure exactly what that means or what process your film will go through. We understand that submitting to film festivals can sometimes be a big unknown so our festival programming team has created a step by step guide of what the submission process entails.

STEP ONE - SUBMITTING

 
 

Before submitting your film make sure it has all required information. Submitted films will not be screened until submission files are complete.

Traditional Film & Virtual Reality

Online Submission Requirements

- Completed online FilmFreeway or Withoutabox submission including the items listed below.

  • Online Screener (all screeners should be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway or Withoutabox)

  • Submission Contact (Name, E-Mail, Phone)

  • (2) Digital Stills from the Submitted Film (No Behind the Scenes Stills)

  • Film Synopsis

  • Director

  • Total Run Time

  • Country of Origin

  • Valid Student ID (Student Shorts submissions only)

- Submission Fee

Digital stills and online student ids can be e-mailed directly to the festival’s programming team at maconfilmfestival.submissions@gmail.com. Please make sure to include your assigned submission codes when e-mailing stills or student ids. 

Submission Dates

- Call for Submissions Opens: September 14th

- Earlybird Deadline: October 15th

- Regular Deadline: February 1st

- Late Deadline: March 4th

- Extended Deadline: April 4th

- Notification Date: June 19th

Important Items to Know 

- Each entry must be a separate submission. If you select more than one category for your film you must pay the full entry fee for each category.

- To qualify for the 2019 Macon Film Festival submissions must have been completed after May 31, 2017. Submissions completed prior to May 31, 2017 will not be accepted.

- All official selection films selected to be in competition for the 2019 festival will not be eligible to receive screening fees and compete for festival prize money. 

- Official selection filmmakers are required to provide one digital file of their official selection film for festival screenings. Digital screener files must be either Pro-Res or H.264 file formats. Hard copies of the film will also be accepted in Blu-ray or DVD NTSC format. PAL formatted DVDs are not accepted.

- If your film is selected as an official selection film the cost of shipping hard copies of screeners to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.

- All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to the Macon Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

Fulldome

Online Submission Requirements

- Completed online submission form including the items listed below. Submission form can be found HERE. Submission fees are not required for fulldome category films. 

  • Online Screener (All screeners should be uploaded directly to provided submission form)

  • Submission Contact (Name, E-Mail, Phone)

  • (2) Digital Stills from the Submitted Film

  • Film Synopsis

  • Project Creator

  • Total Run Time

  • Country of Origin

  • Available Screening Formats

  • Valid Student ID (Student submissions only)

- Submission fees are not required for fulldome category films. 

Submission Dates

- Call for Submissions Opens: TBD

- Submissions Close: TBD

- Notification Date: TBD

Important Items to Know 

- Each entry must be a separate submission. If you select more than one category for your film you must pay the full entry fee for each category.

- To qualify for the 2019 Macon Film Festival submissions must have been completed after May 31, 2015. Submissions completed prior to May 31, 2015 will not be accepted.

- All official selection films selected to be in competition for the 2019 festival will not be eligible to receive screening fees and compete for festival prize money. 

- Official selection fulldome films choosing to be screened in 2K or 4K formats must provide the final screening file on an external drive. The cost of shipping the external drive must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. External drives containing official selection films will NOT be returned unless the entrant provides a self addressed stamped envelope or other pre-paid shipment paperwork. 

- All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to the Macon Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

To view the 2019 Fulldome Submission Terms and Conditions CLICK HERE

STEP TWO - SUBMISSION SCREENING PROCESS

Once a film completes the submission process it is assigned to a committee of festival screeners who will view the film and score it based on various criteria. Festival screeners are comprised of filmmakers, industry professionals, and festival supporters from around the country.

Scoring Criteria

- Plot/Storyline

- Writing

- Acting

- Cinematography/ Visuals

- Sound Design/Music Score

- Originality

- Overall Pacing

To view a sample screener score sheets for click here.

STEP THREE - SELECTING OFFICIAL SELECTION FILMS

Once the submission screening process is complete the festival’s Screenings & Submissions Committee averages each film’s screener scores. The programming team and screeners meet as a group to review and discuss scores and submission themes to help narrow down the final list of 2019 official selection films.

After a film is selected to be an official selection film filmmakers will begin to receive regular e-mail blasts from the festival programmer with festival updates, screener requirements, travel information, marketing opportunities and other festival information.

STEP FOUR - JUROR PROCESS/AWARD BREAKDOWN

The highest scoring official selection films from each category are sent to a select group of professional jurors who will score the winning films. Festival jurors are comprised of filmmakers, industry professionals, film professors, and representatives from other film festivals.

The 2019 festival winners will be announced during the festival on Saturday, August 17th before that evening’s Special Screening. Filmmakers do not need to be present to win.

Traditional Film & VR Official Selection Awards Breakdown

  • The Melvyn Douglass 'Best in Show' Award: $1,100.00

  • Best of 'Music' Category: $1,000.00

  • Best of 'Georgia Made' Category: $1,000.00

  • Best of 'Narrative Feature' Category : $1,000.00

  • Best of 'Documentary' Category: $1,000.00

  • Best of 'Narrative Shorts' Category: $800.00

  • Best of 'LGBT' Category: $800.00

  • Best of 'Virtual Reality Shorts': $800.00

  • Best of 'Student Shorts' Category: $500.00

  • The Karen Black Audience Choice - Narrative Feature: $500.00

  • Audience Choice - Narrative Short: $500.00

  • Audience Choice - Documentary: $500.00

Fulldome Official Selection Awards Breakdown

- Best Immersive Experience - TBD

- Best Long Form Film - TBD
- Best Short Form Film - TBD
- Best Student Film - TBD
- Best Use of Sound - TBD
- Audience Choice Long Form Film - TBD
- Audience Choice Short Form Film - TBD

STEP FIVE - POST FESTIVAL

The 2019 official selection films are placed in festival archives once the festival is complete. Filmmakers requesting return shipment of screeners will have them mailed the week after the festivals. Filmmakers must provide self-addressed stamped envelopes for return shipment.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

If you still have questions about the 2019 Macon Film Festival submission process feel free to e-mail the festival's programming team at maconfilmfestival.submissions@gmail.com.