The 11th Annual Macon Film Festival (2017)
Consumers looking for things to do in Middle Georgia do not have to look far as the 11th Annual Macon Film Festival is right around the corner.
The Annual Macon Film Festival is a four day event that screens independent films, displays special screenings, showcases celebrity guests, and conducts film related workshops throughout Macon’s historic theatres and various downtown locations. The festival kicks off Thursday, July 21st until Sunday, July 24th.
Various screenings will be held at the Cox Capitol Theatre, The Douglass Theatre, Theatre Macon, the Macon – Bibb Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. The special screenings and special guests will be held specifically at The Douglas Theatre. The special guests include Andrew McCarthey on Thursday, July 21st during the special screening of Pretty in Pink; as well as Charlie Hewson on Saturday, July 23rd during the special screening of My Blind Brother.
Free workshops will be held at the Tubman African American Museum, and after parties with an All Access VIP Pass will be held at Travis Jean, The Sochi Gallery, and The Deux.
Over 100 film screenings will be shown over the four day event, as well as recognition in excellence in various film categories with over $10,000 in prize money awarded.
The 11th Annual Macon Film Festival Details
When: Thursday, July 21st – Sunday, July 24th
Time: Check Film Schedule
- Cox Capitol Theatre – 382 Second Street
- The Douglass Theatre – 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
- Theatre Macon – 438 Cherry Street
- Macon – Bibb Convention & Visitor’s Bureau -450 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Various Festival Passes and Prices:
- FestieBesties VIP Pass – $175 (Bragg Jam/ Film Festival Combo Pass, admission to after parties, and two t-shirts)
- All Access VIP Pass – $150 (priority seating and admission to after parties)
- Opening Night Screening & Party Pass – $50 (Opening Night Film, Pretty in Pink, Q&A with Andrew McCarthy, and Opening Night Party)
- Screening Pass – $75 (priority seating)
- Music Junkie Pass – $50 (three music film blocks and Bragg Jam)
- Thursday Night Pretty in Pink – $50 (Opening Night Film, Pretty in Pink, Q&A with Andrew McCarthy, and Opening Night Party)
- Friday Day Pass – $25 (all Friday screenings and special evening screening)
- Saturday Day Pass – $25 (all Saturday screenings and special evening screening)
- Sunday Day Pass – $25 (all Sunday screenings and special evening screening)
- Single Block Ticket – $10 (one film or block of films)
After Parties: All Access VIP Pass Required. Must be 21 years and up. Music presented by DJ Deck.
- Thursday, July 21st – Travis Jean – 530 Cherry Street
- Friday, July 22nd – The Sochi Gallery – 423 Mulberry Street
- Saturday, July 23rd – The Deux – 617 Cherry Street
Workshops: Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are free. Workshops will be held at the Tubman African American Museum – Lecture Room – 310 Cherry Street.
- Friday, July 22nd: 1pm – 2pm, Billion Dollar Baby: Georgia Film Industry presented by the Macon Film Commission
- Saturday, July 23rd: 11:30am – 12:30pm, Behind the Boom presented by Boom Operator, Jason Lewis
- Sunday, July 24th: 1pm – 2pm, Answering the Needs and Desires of Actors in the Southeast Film & Television Market presented by Casting Director, Cynthia Stillwell
Festival Shuttle: Pick-up locations are at The Macon Marriott Center and the Sleep Inn North and will be running to downtown venues and after-parties.
- Thursday, July 21st – 10am – midnight
- Friday, July 22nd – 8am – 2am
- Saturday, July 23rd – 8am – 2am
- Sunday, July 24th – 8am – 8pm
Festival Contact: Macon Film Festival Headquarters at (478) 227-3840 – 502 Cherry Street.
Hours of Festival Contact Operation:
- Monday, July 18th – 1pm – 5pm
- Tuesday, July 19th – 1pm – 5pm
- Wednesday, July 20th – 9am – 5pm
- Thursday, July 21st – 10am – 5pm
- Friday, July 22nd – 9am – 6pm
- Saturday, July 23rd – 9am – 6pm
- Sunday, July 24th – 9am – 5pm
Macon Film Festival Website
The passes do not guarantee admission and are on a first come/first serve basis, so you should arrive thirty minutes prior for seating. For Special Screenings, All Access and Screening Pass holders will be seated before Day Pass holders, and Day Pass holders will be seated before Rush ticket holders.
Annual Macon Film Festival Submission Process
Although the 2016 film festival is closed for film submissions there is still time for interested patrons to submit a film for the 12th Annual Macon Film Festival to be held in 2017. Filmmakers can submit their films through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway beginning in October 2016.
Once submitted various festival screeners will score the film based on various criteria to include the plot, writing, acting, cinematography, sound, originality, and overall pacing. Once the submission process is complete the festival selects the highest scoring films in each designated category for the 2017 film festival.
Film categories are comprised of:
- Narrative Short
- Narrative Feature
- Student Shorts
The selected films will then be sent to festival jurors who will score the final films and announce the winners during the festival. The jurors consist of filmmakers, industry professionals, film professors, and other film festival representatives.
The grand jurors for the 2016 festival are Carrie Preston, Jayson Werner Smith, and Kai Choque Walker. Documentary category jurors are Gareth Jones, Martin Shore, and J. Elvis Weinstein. Music category jurors are Steve Moretti, Victor Pisano, and Sean Prichard. Narrative Feature category jurors are Kathleen Hogan, Joshua Matthews, and David Smith. Narrative Short jurors are David Allison, Joel Malizia, and Ryan Watterson. Southern category jurors are Lee Cuthbert, Jeff Marker, and Mark Ezra Stokes. Student Shorts and LGBT jurors are Laura Fong, Jody Schiesser, and Brandon Smith.
Post festival the winning films will be placed in festival archives. Monetary awards are given to the winning film from an assortment of film categories and range from $500 to $1500.
Film award categories consist of:
- The Melvyn Douglass ‘Best in Show’ Award
- Best of ‘Music’ Category
- Best of ‘Southern’ Category
- Best of ‘Narrative Feature’ Category
- Best of ‘Narrative Shorts’ Category
- Best of ‘Documentary” Category
- Best of ‘LGBT’ Category
- Best of ‘Student Shorts’ Category
- The Karen Black Audience Choice
- Audience Choice – Narrative Short
- Audience Choice – Documentary (Feature or Short)
Annual Macon Film Festival History
The Macon Film Festival was founded in 2006 and became an independent non-profit in 2009 with the mission of celebrating and promoting filmmaking. The film festival is held annually in the heart of Georgia in historic downtown Macon. The festival consists of film screenings, special screenings, celebrity guests, workshops, and after-parties. According to MovieMaker Magazine, the Macon Film Festival is one of the top 25 coolest film festivals in the world.