2015 MS High School Film Competition

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Film Submissions – Deadline December 31st, 2014
The MS High School Film Competition, sponsored by the Tupelo Film Festival Society, is a competition that has been created to promote the art of filmmaking to Mississippi High School students involved in film and television classes, film groups or individual filmmaking.

In addition to the cash prizes and awards provided by the festival, the MS High School Film Competition has been selected by Watkins College of Art, Design and Film of Nashville, TN to receive scholarships.  (Please see information under Awards below)  Please click on the link to see link to this prestigious school in Nashville, TN.  This is a great honor for the festival and we are so thrilled to have been selected.  A very special thanks to Watkins College for selecting the MS High School Film Competition to receive these scholarships.


The competition will be held Saturday, April 18th at the Malco Theatre in Tupelo, MS.  Tickets are $5.00.  Come out and support filmmakers from around our state. Please see below information for submission guidelines. Please call 662-871-7723 for more information.

Submission Guidelines:

  • 10 minute maximum length, including credits
  • DVD format (Region 1 or Multi platform)
  • $10 submission fee must be included with entry
  • Films must be in English or have English subtitles
  • The entry must have been produced in the last two years (after 12/31/12)
  • Minimal profanity and violence
  • Use of music without written consent will result in disqualification.
  • Submissions must be postmarked no later than December 31st, 2014
  • Limit of two (2) submissions by student or collaborative team
  • All entry forms must be signed by the sponsoring faculty member

Entry Fee of $10 (checks made payable to “CREATE Foundation, Inc.) registration form (click the link below) and DVD should be shipped to the following address no later than December 31st, 2014. (If postmarked after deadline film will not be accepted.)

Tupelo Film Festival Society
P.O. Drawer 1505
Tupelo, MS 38802
Click Here to download the
2015 Entry Form MS High School Film Competition


  • Short
  • Documentary
  • Animation
  • Commercial


All films will be judged by a ranking system from professionals in the industry. Judged awards will be determined by the creativity and professional quality of the films regardless of the category. The Audience Favorite award will be determined by an audience rating system. The audience will rank films on a scale of 1 to 10 and the film with the highest average score will win. Sponsoring faculty member(s) will receive a matching award if entry places. Those selected will be screened at the Tupelo Film Festival April 18, 2015 (Malco Theate.)

1st Place $500 ($250 for filmmaker/$250 for school)
2nd Place $300 ($150 for filmmaker/$150 for school)
3rd Place $150 ($75/Trophy for filmmaker/$75 for school)
Audience Favorite Award
Awards And Cash Prizes Sponsored By Elaine Dundy & Roy Turner Endowment for the ArtsIn addition to the above cash prizes and awards – scholarships from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film out of Nashville, TN will be awarded.1st place – $12,000 over four years2nd. place – $8,000 over four year3rd. place – $4,000 over four yearsAll scholarships are awarded based on successful application and acceptance to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.A very special thanks to Watkins College for selecting the MS High School Film Competition to receive these scholarships.

» Click here to see the 2014 Winners


[author] [author_image timthumb=’off’]http://www.tupelofilmfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/tupelofilm_judge_dontingle.png[/author_image] [author_info]Don Tingle – Workshop Director for the Alabama Filmmakers Co-op – Huntsville, Al .  The Alabama Filmmakers Co-op is a Huntsville based community service organization that was founded in 1977. Don has presented over 100 workshops on various aspects of low budget and amateur movie making. He leads multiple workshops for the North Alabama community including a monthly Filmmakers Workshop focused on technical aspects of amateur filmmaking and travels extensively to present workshops at regional film festival. Don has presented seminars and workshops at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, the Tupelo Film Festival, The Mississippi International Film Festival, the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, the Southern Shorts Film Festival, and for various community programs agencies. Don has served as host and moderator for panel discussions at film festivals and interviewed actors, screenwriters and filmmakers. He organizes and produces the Huntsville based “Rocket City Short Film Festival,” a showcase for local and regionally produced short films, held in October of each year.[/author_info] [/author]

[author] [author_image timthumb=’off’]http://www.tupelofilmfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/tupelofilm_judge_maxshores.png[/author_image] [author_info]Max Shores – University of Alabama. Max Shores grew up in northwest Alabama and came to the University of Alabama to study radio. He ended up working for the University as a public TV producer/director. His documentaries on Alabama history and southern culture topics have been broadcast on Alabama Public Television and nationwide on PBS stations as well as being featured at film festivals around the world. He recently directed a series for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is currently developing a music series for Alabama Public Television.[/author_info] [/author]

[author] [author_image timthumb=’off’]http://www.tupelofilmfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/tupelofilm_judge_phillipgentile.png[/author_image] [author_info]Phillip Gentile – University of Southern Mississippi Phillip Gentile is a filmmaker who also teaches Film Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulfcoast campus. His areas of teaching expertise include film history and theory, film production, and animation. His areas of scholarly interest include documentary film, postwar American avant-garde film, and film comedy. His film Cursive was awarded Best Experimental Film at the 6th Annual Crossroads Film Festival.[/author_info] [/author]

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