11th Annual

Tupelo Film Festival

April 17, 2014 to April 19, 2014

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P.O. Drawer 5105
Tupelo MS 38802
Phone: 662-871-7723
Fax: 662-844-6206

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This category is for submissions by STUDENTS (must be 18 and up). A copy of the filmmaker's Student ID is required with the submission.
Feature submissions should be over 45 minutes long but not to exceed 120 minutes.
Short submissions must not exceed 40 minutes in length including all credits.
Music Video
Submissions with a story and images that convey a feeling through music are eligible for this category and should not exceed 8 minutes.
The Documentary category will include both short and feature documentaries - length of submissions must not exceed 60 minutes.
Foreign films will compete to win the distinction of Best Foreign Film submitted.


To offer filmmakers a venue to screen their independent films
To provide a venue for filmmakers to network
To provide the audience an opportunity to see independent films
To showcase our city to filmmakers
To provide educational opportunities for those interested in developing their skills through workshops, panel discussions and forums.
To provide a venue for Mississippi High School students to screen their films.


We are in the process of hosting our 11th Annual Tupelo Film Festival.

The Tupelo Film Festival began in May, 2004 as a two-day festival with a goal to extend the length of days, increase the number of film screenings, provide excellent workshops, offer great entertainment, include interesting forums and panels, create special events, encourage networking opportunities and showcase Tupelo as a filming location.

The 11th Annual Tupelo Film Festival will run April 17th -19th. This year the festival takes an exciting step in moving to the Malco Theatre, located near the Mall at Barnes Crossing! This new venue gives us two screens to run films on simultaneously and is located in the heart of many fine restarants , hotels, and shopping.

In 2010 the Tupelo Film Festival was recognized by liveability.com as number five in the top ten small film festivals in our country and continues to hold that position today. The Tupelo Film Festival has grown from a national to an international film festival. It is indeed an event filled with fun, education, social activities, great food, quality film screenings and networking. Experience the hospitality of Tupelo - Enter now - Don't miss the opportunity to experience a big festival in a small town embracing you with a warm welcome from those that understand and appreciate filmmakers!


Jayna Patel (Festival Registrar); Pat Rasberry (Director-Founder)



1)To be considered, you must submit 3 copies on DVD (Region 1, Blue-ray or Standard definition, or Multi-platform must be compatible with all DVD players).
2)Payments can be made by check, money order or credit card (MC or Visa)
3)If paying by check please make check(s) or money order payable to CREATE Foundation.
4)Late entries postmarked after December 31st, 2013 will not be eligible. Entries submitted on January 31st, 2013 must be Fed Ex'd to be received within three days for consideration.
5)Films eligible must be completed no earlier than January 1, 2012.
6)It is permissible for films to have entered or won other contests.
7)Feature Films must not exceed two (2) hours and Documentary films must not exceed one (1) hour.
8)Submissions with distribution obtained PRIOR to being selected by the Tupelo Film Festival will not be eligible for the competition. Submissions produced, financed or initiated by a major or a minor film studio or television network are also ineligible for competition. However, submissions may be considered for special screening events at the discretion of the committee. If a submission gets distribution AFTER being selected by the Tupelo Film Festival screening committee, the film will compete and the festival will have rights to use the film for marketing purposes.
9)Clearance of the use of commercial film clips and music rights is the responsibility of the filmmaker - any film that does not have clearance will be rejected. All films will be judged on performances, production values and originality. Entries will be reviewed by members of the Tupelo Film Festival Committee/Commission. Entries selected will be juried by an independent panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the festival April 19th, 2014. The decisions of the judges are final and any winning entry found to have violated the rules and regulations of the Festival will have to forfeit.
10)To confirm your entry was received please include a self-addressed postcard. Please include your entry title and name of entrant on all materials. If selected you will be notified no later than March 31st, 2013. There is no limit to the number of entries per entrant but please note that separate applications and submission fees must accompany each entry.
11)In submitting your entry, please include a copy of filmmakers biography, photograph, press kit, production stills, synopsis and any other promotional items that will support the marketing of film if selected.
12)The Tupelo Film Festival reserves the right to refuse or reject any material deemed inappropriate for festival screening.
13)The Tupelo Film Festival reserves the right to use portions of any submission that is selected for the festival supporting promotional and marketing purposes.

Filmmakers who are not present to receive their Reely Award(s) must contact the festival director for shipping instructions. International winners who are not present will be responsible for shipping costs of their awards. After the festival ends the Reely Award will be held up to three months then can no longer be claimed.


1st Place $500
2nd Place $250
3rd Place $125

1st Place $500
2nd Place $250
3rd Place $125

1st Place $300
2nd Place $150
3rd Place $ 75

Best Animation $250

Best Music Video $500

Student - (18 or over)
1st Place $250
2nd Place $150
3rd Place $ 75

Additional Awards

Ron Tibbett Award Best of Show $1,000
Elvin Whitesides Director's Award $ 500


Filmmakers selected for the Tupelo Film Festival, April 17-19, 2014 will be notified no later than February 10th, 2014.

Please note: The Tupelo Film Festival does not waive fees.


Entrants agree to abide by the rules of The Tupelo Film Festival and understand that the Tupelo Film Festival, Malco Theatre and CREATE Foundation, Inc., are not responsible for any loss, damage, or stolen merchandise or any personal injuries, nor will entrant be a party to any legal action.


Terms and Conditions:

I/We have read all of the rules and regulations for the 2014 11th Annual Tupelo Film Festival (hereafter “the Festival”.) I/We understand and have complied with these rules. I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no deals, contracts, or options regarding the ownership of the submission. Submissions with distribution obtained PRIOR to being selected by the Tupelo Film Festival screening committee are ineligible for competition. I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of the living or dead. I/We fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, the statements I have made herein are true and correct. I/We understand that failure to adhere to Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fees and I agree to hold the Tupelo Film Festival, Malco Theatre and CREATE Foundation, Inc harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, for any film/video submitted to the Festival or on any film/video developed out of submission.

Return signed and completed entry form along with your entry fee and other required materials to:

Roy Turner
Tupelo Film Festival
P.O. Drawer 317
Tupelo, MS 38802

If Shipping:

Sonya Keith
Tupelo Film Festival
1601 W. Main St.
Tupelo, MS 38801

Please email tupelofilmfestival@gmail.com for questions.