Mississippi has given rise to some incredible artistic talents: From Tennessee Williams to Elvis Presley and B.B. King to William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Morgan Freeman, the very soil seems to teem with creative potential. Bolstered back attractive tax rebates and similarly attractive scenery, Mississippi has enjoyed a significant presence from the film production community, from major Hollywood projects like the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the Chadwick Boseman-starring Get On Up to smaller indies that are gaining an audience and grabbing headlines in the international marketplace, setting up shop and shooting in the Magnolia state. Mississippi’s “Hub” City, Hattiesburg, MS now seeks to bring to the state a premiere film festival to showcase the state’s burgeoning film industry.
Now in our fifth year, we here at FSFX seek to pay homage to Mississippi’s rich creative legacy and to foster to give voice to independent filmmakers from Mississippi and around the world. We hope to provide a platform for emerging artists to showcase and talk about their films, to network with other filmmakers and to advertise, in a way, the wonderfully complex creative power and culture that continues to percolate through our state and her people. The festival is directed by filmmaker and actor, Miles Doleac, a champion of independent films and the relentless artistic spirits that create them.
Each year, FSFX also hosts a film series and other special events, in addition to competition features and shorts. This year we are proud to celebrate Music at the Movies, showcasing the influence of Mississippi talents like Elvis, our great blues artists, and others and their contributions to the world of cinema. Stay tuned for further details on the line-up!
Awards & Prizes
Golden Magnolia Best Narrative Feature Award, $500 cash prize
Golden Magnolia Best Narrative Short, $250 cash prize
Golden Magnolia Best Documentary (short or feature), $250 cash prize
Audience Award, short or feature
Rules & Terms
Golden Magnolia awards are jury awards. Audience award is based on audience scores provided at least 10 persons attend the film’s screening.