2017 Tupelo Film Festival Winners

2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival

The Tupelo Film Festival Society will host the 2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival on Thursday, September 29 beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Tupelo Commons Cinema-Malco Theatre. The tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door.

Filmgoers in Tupelo, Mississippi will unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sep 23-Oct 2 when the 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at a local theater near you.

This year Manhattan Short received a record breaking 844 short film entries from 52 countries. The 10 Manhattan Short finalists hail from eight countries, with France and Australia represented by two films each. These Final 10 short films represent the best among a record 844 submissions from 52 countries received by Manhattan Short for 2016.

The Final 10 are: The Tunnel (Norway),Carousel (England), Kaputt (Germany), Ella Got A Promotion? (USA) Hold On (The Netherlands), Bravoman (Russia), Overtime (Australia), Gorilla (France) I Am A Pencil (Australia), The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR (France)
Click Here to read interviews with the Final 10:

You Be the Judge! Will our audiences select any Oscar winners this year?
They did last year! Manhattan Short’s 2016 Final 10 will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Cinemagoers will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor.

The winner will be announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 3, at 10:00 AM (EST).


2016 Schedule of Events – PDF pdficon_large



10:00 Coop Cooper Workshop – Drones

Mississippi High School Film Festival
12:30 Michael Williams – Basics of Do It Yourself Filmmaking

Short Films 2:30 – Say My Name, Red Shoes and Tattoos, Man on a Mission: Marcus Smith

4:00 Gena Ellis – How a Screenwriter Got on Camera
6:00 Tom Kimmel – Song Writing for Movies and TV


11:00 Marlyn Mason – Life Unedited

Short Films 1:00 – Absolute, Sad Face, Sam, The Shelter

2:30 Kat Phillips – Producing Pitfalls for Indie Filmmakers

Short Films 5:00 – Writer’s Block, Forgotten, The Perfect Tense, Karma’s Shadow, Super Dog

Award Ceremony 7:30 p.m.


Songwriting Workshop for Movies and TV by Thomas Kimmel


Saturday, April 16th -Time – TBA


Tom Kimmel’s songs have been featured on albums by dozens of major artists (including Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt and Joe Cocker) and on the soundtracks of many films and television shows (including Twins, Runaway Bride and Touched By An Angel). A soulful performer and storyteller, he tours and teaches widely, has released seven albums and published a book of poems.

Long-time pro songwriter Tom Kimmel will share a bird’s-eye view of the world of songwriting for film and TV. Using his own songs as references, he’ll speak about how he approaches writing a song to submit for a film, how a song might be marketed for film, the role film and TV music supervisors play in placing songs, and how writers are paid for use of their songs. He’ll also share a few humorous stories about how his songs made it (or didn’t!) into a film or show…. and he’ll make available resources and references for workshop participants.


Thank you Filmmakers…

A special thanks to filmmakers that put it (sometimes and probably more than not) all on the line to make films.  Because of you and your dedication where would film festivals be.  We are proud to take the journey with you and hope that along the way something very magical happens for you and what you have given your energy and perseverance to, becomes the reality you wanted i t to be!

Tupelo salutes you and your endeavors!  We are very proud that we can provide an avenue for you as you share your work with others while traveling on the road of adventures and telling your stories on screen!  We wish all filmmakers the very best in their efforts in making film!

The Tupelo Film Festival Committee!




Our Malco Friends

We are excited to be hosting the 2016 Tupelo Film Festival at the Malco again this year.

Starting on Thursday and ending Saturday we will be seeing films, experiencing workshops, special events, competitions and more.

Thank you so much Malco – we love you guys and appreciate all you do for us!




The Reely Award has a new look!

TFF Guitar 2016.pFor the past twelve years we have been very grateful to Richard McGeehee (local artists) for sculpturing our Reely Awards.  However, the our Tupelo Film Festival Award award is taking on a new appearance and one that will also take on continuity with our City.  The only difference is that it have the elements  of film entangled in the body of it.  Cool look, easy to travel with and beautiful to display.    The award will come in different sizes and in helping to distinguish the winning category.  Art/Music/FILM – we hope you like it!

It will also be our new logo.  You’re going to love it!





Returning Filmmakers Share Their Stories

The Tupelo Film Festival is happy to bring back some our winning films and over the past twelve years beginning with the “Best of Show.”  For those who can join us they will share their stories of where they were and where they are today and what happened along their journey.  Others will share on an intro video before the film screens.

Marlyn Mason will be back with Right Regrets – 2014, along with Gena Ellis Angela’s Decision – 2007, Kat Phillips with Space Available – 2004″, Michael Williams, Ozland – 2015, Glenn Payne – Earthrise – 2015,  A Sister’s Call by Rebecca Schaper (2013) and the list continues.

Additional films that took awards to be screened will be Sense of Place by Rick Smith (2005), Who Does She Think She Is (2009) by Pamela Boll and Nancy Kennedy, Greetings From The Shore (2008) by Greg Chwerchak,  and Treasures From The Rubble (2012) by Alexandra Branyon in the collection.

Come out to see the films and hear the stories of these filmmakers.

THE RIGHT REGRETS – Oregon – Winner 2014th

Director: Ralph Senensky Writer: Marlyn Mason

Short – 36 minutes

The Right Regrets depicts a bittersweet and poignant long distance romance between twice-divorced American woman, Lily McHenry and charismatic and never-before-married Englishman, Charles Wickham.

SPACE AVAILABLE Georgia- Winner – 2004

DirectorKat Phillips

Short – 15 minutes

In the near future, the right to live will exist only when there’s “Space Available“.

Therefore, only a death can make room for a new life.


ANGELA’S DECISION – Missouri – Winner – 2007

Director Gena Ellis

Short – 50 minutes


Living in the middle of Australia’s desolate landscape, Angela has been waiting all her life. Waiting for her boyfriend to return from the army and marry her, waiting for her mother to sober up, waiting for her life to begin.


GREETINGS FROM THE SHORE – California – Winner – 2008

Director  – Greg Chwerchak

Feature – 120 minutes

Greetings from the Shore

Still reeling from the death of her father, a young girl spends one last summer at the Jersey Shore before heading off to college. But when her plans fall apart, the girl stumbles into a mysterious world of Russian sailors, high-stakes gambling, and unexpected love.

TREASURES FROM THE RUBBLE – New York – Winner – 2012

Director – Alexandra Branyon

Documentary – 60 Minutes

In 1905 Lois reasurersWilson is born into deep poverty in the rural south. Her first paint is the black shoe polish she snitches out of the pantry. Her first paintings are on pieces of scrap tin she picks up from the blacksmith shop of her alcoholic father. Little did she know at the time that she is following in the tradition of Outsider Artists who create art on found objects.

A SISTER’S CALL – Atlanta, Georgia -Winner – 2013

Directors –  Kyle Tekiela, Rebecca Schaper Kyle Tekiela

Documentary – 66 minutes

A Sister's Call Call and Rebecca Richmond were born into Atlanta’s high society. To their neighbors they we’re the perfect family. Nothing was further from the truth. Mary, their paranoid schizophrenic ..

OZLAND –  Mississipp – Winner – 2015

Director – Michael Williams

Feature – 105 minutes

Alex, a flawed family man, is forced to endure a personal journey of enlightenment under extraordinary circumstances.


EARTHRISE – Mississippi- Winner – 2015Earthrise

Director – Glenn Payne

Earthrise – 90 minutes

The mental state of our three main characters is vital to the story of Earthrise. Marshall in particular has a great deal at stake in the film. Give it a watch to learn more!

A SENSE OF PLACE – California – Winner – 2015

Director – Rick Smith

Feature – 60 minutes

Patrick Smith’s son, Rick (Patrick, Jr.) an award-wSense of Placeinning filmmaker living in California, shot and edited this loving tribute to his father, with help from his wife, Kim, herself a professional editor and producer.

Patrick Smith personally narrates this multiple award-winning program as video, historical photos and re-enacted scenes bring his stories to life.

Patrick Smith’s Florida, A Sense of Place is 54 minutes long and includes fascinating stories of Patrick Smith’s life and adventures; experiences that he had to have in order to write his books the way he did. It provides great insight not only into Florida’s past, but into the mind of one of her favorite writers.

WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS – New York/Massachusetts  – Winners – 2009 Who Doees She She Think She Is

Directors Pamela Tanner Boll, Nancy Kennedy

Documentary – 73 minutes

In a half-changed world, women are often forced to choose: Mothering or working? Your children’s well-being or your own own? Responsibility or self expression? Who Does She Think She Is?, a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Along the way, the film invites us to consider both ancient legacies of women worshiped as cultural muses and more modern times where most people can’t even name a handful of female artists. In the end, the diverse women in the film demonstrate that our creativity and our care-giving are not mutually exclusive, but deeply connected. In fact, their co-existence might just be the key to finishing the job.