February Events...

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)
  • Australian International Documentary Conference
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
  • Festival des Images aux Mots
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • LesFlicks LGBT History Month
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Pride: Bloomington's LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Queer Film Festival: University of Oregon
  • Queer Lens
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Salento Rainbow Film Fest
  • Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival
  • Tag! Queer Shorts Festival!
  • Tels Quels Festival
Magnolia Independent Film Festival

Magnolia Independent Film Festival

Thursday, 25 February 2021 until Saturday, 27 February 2021

The Magnolia Independent Film Festival, the 1st film festival in the state of Mississippi, is a filmmaker-friendly festival encouraging both amateur and professional filmmakers.

The Magnolia Independent Film Festival, or "The Mag", was founded by Ron Tibbett in 1997 in West Point, Mississippi and later moved to Starkville, MS. It was the first film festival to take place in Mississippi paving the way for the independent film community and other festivals within the state. It is a festival that is focused on creating a memorable experience for both filmmakers and audiences.

Now in its 24th year, The Mag continues to bring inspiring independent cinema from around the world to small-town Mississippi. In keeping with The Mag's rich tradition of southern hospitality, attending filmmakers are treated as family and given a very personal experience to network with fellow filmmakers and screen their films to an eager and engaged audience.

Winners receive a beautiful stained glass magnolia award in the following categories:

Best Feature
Best Short (Narrative)
Best Short (Documentary)
Best Cinematography
Best Home Grown (Mississippi-made film)
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Kids' Choice Award (Family-Friendly Block)
Best Music Video
Audience Choice
Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Written Film
Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Film

Short and feature-length films are judged during the festival with the live audience, and awards are presented at an award's ceremony hosted after the Saturday night feature film.