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      Kick Off Party – Last Night Thursday, April 16th Great food, Awesome Music and Lasting Memories!   Legendary Sam Mosley brought the house down last night at the kick-off party.  Filmmakers attended from allover the country including the UK. Had a blast and reconnected with old friends. Talked about film projects and shared incentive […]


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Manhattan Short 2015 Winners

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 in Featured Post

Thank you to all the attendees of this year’s Manhattan Short Film Festival, presented by the Tupelo Film Festival Society.

The Manhattan Short Film Festival headquarters has announced this year’s winners, as voted on by audiences on six continents in hundreds of global venues, including ours. They are:

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Manhattan SHORT Film Festival

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Featured Post

The 2015 Manhattan Short Film Festival is here!



The World’s First Global Film FestivalFestival 2015

The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival is held in over 150 cities across the American, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia between September 25 and October 4, 2015… and on Thursday, October 1, one of those cities is Tupelo, Mississippi.

Manhattan SHORT Film Festival website.

Click here to view official trailer for 2015

The MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL will be held in over 150 cities across the countries of America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia between September 26 and October 5, 2015… and one of those host cities is Tupelo, Mississippi. Click here for the 2014 Winners!

Tupelo will host the 2015 Manhattan Short Film Festival on Thursday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. The tickets are $10.00 and will be available to purchase on-lineClick below. Selected films from those that submit to the Manhattan Film Festival (one world – one week – one festival) will screen at host venues across six continents the week of September 25 through October 4, 2015.

The audience will be the judge! A ballot will be provided to those that attend as they enter the theatre. Ten films (under 18 minutes each) will screen and once all the films have screened, the audience will cast their vote on their favorite film. As the audience leaves the theatre, ballots will be collected and the numbers sent to the Manhattan organizers that night. During this week, all over the world, numbers will flow into the the Manhattan office, and on Monday, October 6th, the winners will be announced. Will you pick the winner!!!!

If you have never been to this event, don’t miss it! You might be surprised to find that it will become one of your favorite events to attend each year. A Fun Evening – A Great Event – and… YOU ARE THE JUDGE!


Filmgoers in Tupelo, MS can unite will over 100,000 filmlovers worldwide when the 17th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival takes place at the Malco Theatre on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. This year, MANHATTAN SHORT received a record breaking 628 short film entries from 48 countries, with films from Finland, UK, Australia, France, Ireland and the USA, making up the ten finalists. These films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Audiences at each cinema will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they think should win. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at on Monday Oct 5th (EST)

In my 17 years of programming MANHATTAN SHORT this is by far the strongest show we have ever had. From the first scene to the last, these films will command every second of the audiences attention. It’s anyone’s guess who will win the Gold Medal. This event is never going to cable, DVD or any form of digital download, if you don’t get along to the Malco on the 1st of October then you missed” said Founding Director Nicholas Mason.




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Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Featured Post


1st Place – Michael Williams – Ozland
2nd Place – Dr. Kevin Boon  – Ghosting
3rd Place – Glenn Payne – Earthrise

1st Place – Barbara Klutinis  – The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing
Alzheimer’ Together
2nd Place – David Rogers – Mississippi Milk
3rd Place – Dvorit Shargal  – Where is Elle-Kari and what happened

1st Place – Amy Coop – The Treehouse
2nd Place – Álvaro Hernandez Blanco – Once Upon A Time on the Border
3rd Place – Peter Zinn – Hypothetically

1st Place – Yatao U – Carry On
2nd Place – Richard Maujo – I Need My Monster
3rd Place – Bob Demper – The Lightguard

Best Music Video – Rodney Daughtrey – Away
Honorable Mention – Jake Wood From  – Tribulation to Triumph

Elvin Whiteside Director’s Award – Michael Williams  – Ozland
Robert Reed Best Documentary Award – Sean Malone  – Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story
Ron Tibbett Award – Michael Williams – Ozland



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2015 Film Festival Guide

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 in Film Scoop


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Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in Featured Post

SATURDAY, APRIL 18th – Malco Theatre – 10:00 a.m.

Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror – hear what our panel has to say!



sean shot for tff

Sean Johnson


Sean Johnson, Director of Marketing and Tourism for the City of New Albany and a co-owner of NewAlbany99, got his background in publishing and city planning. He started the first zombie run in New Albany is planning a mega haunted house for next year. Sean will lead the panel in discussing the aspects of producing the dark side of filmmaking with a panel that covers everything from acting to horror festivals to the technical side of things and more.




Hudson Hickman

Hudson Hickman, a former Senior VP of Production for MGM Worldwide TV, has been involved in more then 25 movies at MGM as well as 700 hours of episodic TV, including Stargate SB-1, TV’s longest running science-fiction series; Dead Like Me, The Outer Limits, Stargate Atlantis, The Magnificent Seven, and Stargate Universe. Prior to his stint at MGM he worked on numerous projects including MacGyver, The Love Boat, Get a Life and Phenom. Hudson has successfully collaborated on films from underwater suspense (Into the Blue 2) to high tech thriller (War Games; The Dead Code) to romantic comedy (The Cutting Edge; Fire and Ice) and has credits on such films as Mr. Holland’s Opus and The Mighty Ducks. Currently Hudson is in advance prep for his Indie feature, Beulah. He is a member of both the Producers’ and the Directors’ Guilds and served on the Advisory Board of the Association of Film Commissioners International for more than 10 years


Lisa Lax

Lisa Lax

Lisa Lax has talent agencies in Memphis and New York and has earned the reputation of discovering and nurturing talent then finding roles for them in film and television. The former actress, manager and casting director has placed clients in projects such as The Americans, Blue Bloods, Nashville, Boardwalk Empire, The Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow, Law and Order, I Saw the Light, Resurrection, Chicago P.D., Animal Planet, America’s Most wanted, Dead Man Down, East Bound and Down, Rock and Roll Pilot, South of Heaven West of Hell, Turn, Drop Dead Diva, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Thanks for Sharing and Nonstop. Lax is most noted for jump starting the career of Memphis actress, Lucy Hale, of Pretty Little Liars.



Wes Benton

Wes Benton


Wes Benton has been involved in all aspects of production as well as a wide range of budgets. He has help set up motion capture stages for Polar Express, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor, Avitar, on set capture for I am Legend.




Glenn Payne



Glenn Payne has directed and produced over 20 independent films.  He organizes and runs the Tupelo Halloween Horror Film Festival which is entering into its fourth year. He is currently producing a comedy pilot entitled Stagrassle Paranormal.”





Rob Underhill

Rob Underhill is an Indie film director, producer, writer, editor of more than 50 short films and 6 feature films that have been in competition at over 200 film festivals worldwide, including ST. LOUIS (Academy Award-qualifying) and CANNES (France), and have received over 90 international film festival awards. He has built films from concept to final cut with a range of budgets from ultra-low to “just enough”. He loves to share his experiences and tips for successful filmmaking and mounting a successful film festival campaign. More at


This event sponsored by the City of New Albany, MS



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Filmmaking with Cellphones: A Workshop for Kids* with Coop Cooper

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Featured Post



SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH 2:30 p.m.
Join experienced filmmaker Coop Cooper as he shares his ideas and methods (both inside and outside) for young folks (recommended for ages 7-18 or kids at heart!) who want to make movies with their cell phones!   Bring your phone or tablet!

Coop will connect his iPad to a flatscreen TV then get everyone who can to download Instagram Hyperlapse and take a tour downtown using their phones as cameras and using the app to speed up footage.

This event will be held Downtown Tupelo – Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau and is FREE to those who attend!


Coop Cooper

Coop Cooper

Coop Cooper, AKA “The Small Town Critic, ” has the versatility of a Swiss Army knife when it comes to writing in the motion picture industry. He earned his BFA in Cinema at Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Hollywood. He then applied his newly acquired skills to writing script coverage, movie reviews, entertainment-related articles and various screenwriting projects. After the events of 9/11, he decided to earn his Secondary Teaching Certificate and taught English, writing and screenwriting at North Hollywood High School for five years. Coop now lives in his native hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi where he writes movie reviews for the Clarksdale Press Register, operates his movie-related website, aids film crews seeking to shoot feature films in in the Mississippi Delta, teaches workshops, films live music events, works on about a dozen screenwriting/film projects at a time and still manages to watch an average of 2 movies per day.


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Posted on Mar 27, 2015 in Featured Post

THURSDAY, APRIL 16th – Screen 3

Foreign Block (Shorts)
1:00 Welcome
1:05 Nell & Nugget
1:15 Gwen MaGee: Threads of History
1:49 Extreme Pinocchio
Foreign Block (Documentary)
2:20 The Other F Word
3:25 Q & A
Foreign Block (Shorts)
3:35 No love Lost
3:53 Flowers
4:03 The Treehouse
4:20 I Know You
U.S. Shorts
4:40 Hypothetically
4:48 Shotgun
5:02 Nobody
5:20 Night of the Living Twinkies
5:30 Avarice
Q & A
Music Video Block
5:40 Can’t Give Up On You
5:44 Allen Mann – Visions
5:49 Don’t Be Judging Me
5:54 Francesca
5:58 Broncho- What
6:00 From Tribulation To Triumph
6:05 Q&A


Foreign Block (Students)
1:00 Welcome
1:05 Robbing Blind
1:15 The Lightguard
1:46 The Cutting Room
Foreign Block (Documentary)
2:00 Where is Elle – Kari and what happened to Noriko-san?
2:50 Break
Foreign Block (Shorts)
3:00 The Stomach
3:16 Newborn
3:30 Carry On
U.S. Block (Students)
3:40 Deliver US From Evil
4:00 Like Father, Like Son
U.S. Shorts
4:20 The Watch
4:45 September Sketch Book
4:55 Once Upon A Time On The Border
5:15 Around The Next Corner
5:45 Q&A

Kick Off PartyRomie’s Grocery – Featuring Sam Mosley and the Sam Mosley Band – 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17th Screen 3

U.S. Block (Documentary)
1:00 The Sum Total of Our Memory
U.S. Block (Feature)
2:15 Spray Paint Atlas
3:30 Q&A
U.S. Block (Students)
3:40 Irresistible
3:46 I Need My Monster
3:58 Spirit of Negation
4:13 Broken Jam
Q & A
5:00  Break
U.S. Block (Shorts)
6:00 Garage Sale
6:15  Elvis – the Guitar
6:26 Rudy’s Old Hat
Q & A
U.S. Block (Feature)
7:00 Ozland
9:00 Q & A

FRIDAY, APRIL 17th Screen 4

U.S. Block (Documentaries)
1:30 Wildflower
2:00 Because No one Else Would
Q & A
U.S. Block (Feature)
2:30 Route 30 Three
U.S. Block (Documentaries)
4:10 Locked Out
4:40 Mississippi Milk
5:00 Break
U.S. Block (Shorts)
6:00 Pizza Man vs. the Tornado
6:08 A Horror Movie
6:20 Got No Fetish
6:36 Self Offense
6:51 The Last Foreclosure
7:15 Q&A
U.S. Block (Feature)
7:25 Ghosting
8:55 Q & A

Join Us at Steel’s Dive – with music by Wes Sheffield and the Slow Burners


MS High School Film Competition
10:00 MS High School Event
Special Screening
12:30 Japanese Film – Departures
3:00 Gena Ellis

4:30 Rob Underhill

Music Video/Feature

5:45 Away

5:50 Fever Dreams

6:55 Q&A

8:00 Awards Presentation


Panel Discussion
10:00 Darkness to Light: Horror to Sci-Fi – Aspects of Production
11:30 Break
Casting Workshop
1:00 Lisa Lax/Sharon Ward
3:00 Kat Phillips
U.S. Block (Feature)
4:15 Earthrise
5:55 Q&A
U.S. Student/Shorts
6:20 Take the Mountain
6:30 Witness Monitor
6:40 Colorless
7:10 Q&A
Tupelo Premier
7:20 The Gift
7:35 Q&A

Celebrate the wrap Downtown Tupelo starting at Nautical Whimsey and touring the trail of music venues!







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