​​​​​​​​​​Southern States Indie FanFilmFest
Awards and Prizes


Each Award Winner will receive Laurels, a Certificate suitable for framing, and a custom engraved Bronze Medallion.
In addition to the above, the top three Awards (Best Southern States Film, Atman Award for Diversity in Film, and Best of Fest) will also receive a unique engraved custom Trophy.
All filmmakers with an Official Selection will receive Laurels, and any who attend the festival will receive a VIP pass for themselves & their guests.


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                            **ALL SUBMISSIONS are eligible to win Festival genre categories as determined by judges**

ATMAN AWARD FOR DIVERSITY IN FILM - as one of the goals of SSIFFF is to become a powerful force in the celebration of diversity in the American South and throughout the world, we will honor one Film with an Atman Award for Diversity in Film for portraying the integration of cultures and ethnic groups via story line and/or casting. Atman, innermost spiritual essence, signifies the one life force shared by all living creatures.

BEST SOUTHERN STATES AWARD will be the overall winner chosen from all Southern States categories.

BEST OF THE FEST AWARD will be the Overall Winner chosen from all categories.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE - Diversity is also encouraged by offering foreign language winners in many categories (see specific categories). Must be subtitled in English.

STUDENTS - anyone 18 and under and college students (verified by student ID) please submit at student rates (except
SHORT SHORTS category) for automatic eligibility for student awards.

MUSIC CATEGORIES and TRAILERS and FILM POSTERS - only films that specifically submit to one or more of the Soundtrack, Song, Poster, or Trailer categories will be judged for those awards. Several Trailers will be screened.


Official SSIFFF AWARDS will be given at the awards banquet. Attendance is strongly encouraged but not required. Some categories will have multiple awards, such as Student, Southern States, and Foreign Language, as the judging panel deems appropriate. Although SSIFFF and the judging panel reserves the right to remove a category or to add additional categories as they deem appropriate. 

AWARD CATEGORIES: 
Best Southern States Film
Atman award for Diversity in Film
Best of Fest
Best Short Film 
Best Featurette (Mid-length Film)
Best Feature Film
Best Southern States Short Film
Best Southern States Featurette
Best Southern States Feature Film
Best Documentary Short 
Best Documentary Feature 

Best Southern States Documentary
Best Foreign Language Film 
Best Animated Film 
Best Art House/Experimental/Silent Film /Film Noir

Best LGBTQ Film
Best Drone Film
Best Smart Phone Film
Best Web Series Pilot 
Best Cinematography (Feature, Featurette, Short, Foreign Language and Southern States)
Best Actor and Actress (Feature, Featurette, Short, Foreign Language and Southern States)) 

Best Supporting Actor and Actress
Talented New Filmmaker

Talented Student Filmmaker
Best Director (Feature, Featurette, Short, Foreign Language and Southern States)
“Top Trailer” Award 

Best Original Soundtrack  (Non-Feature and Feature) 
Best Original Song (With Lyrics and Instrumental)

Best Film Poster


SSIFFF 2018 Prize Package Competition in conjunction with Mississippi Sound Film Productions, LLC:
Script Writing Contest - for a short film up to 20 minutes/pages (standard format) in length
    Winner receives  - $10,000 MSFP Film Production Prize Package

Details and Rules of Prize Package Competition:

Script Writing Contest - $10,000 MSFP Film Production Prize Package:  
  for a Short Film up to 20 minutes/pages (standard format) in length

     What MSFP provides:
1. Casting and consultation - up to 30 hrs  ($1,000)
2. 1-week filming - up to 60 hours:
     a. DP with 4k rig, 4k drone 60 hrs  ($3,000)
     b. On set Sound capture and sync 60 hrs  ($2,400)
3. Film and Sound editing - up to 60 hrs  ($2,700)
4. Sound design, soundtrack production – up to 20 hrs  ($900)
      Total Package Value - $10,000 *
*MSFP’s Prize Film Package has no cash value. The value of each feature of the prize package is NOT
interchangeable with another, unless negotiated and agreed upon ahead of time in writing with MSFP, LLC owner/operator.

    What winner provides:
Casting location or remote casting
Film set locations
Set design (in collaboration with Director)
Costume and Makeup (in collaboration with Director)
All necessary lodging
Transportation and associated costs
Appropriate meal service on set
2 production assistants on set (MSFP will train)
2 stand-in extras on set (MSFP will train)
Director (must be agreed upon by Winner and MSFP)
Expressed intention and plan to complete and promote project.
Payment of any overages to MSFP due at the end of each stage (1 – 4) above:
   this includes any and all costs associated with the film’s production and completion other than MSFP’s
  Film Production Prize Package valued at up to $10,000 worth of film services, and any overages at the
  conclusion of each stage of production.