​​​​​​​​​​​​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. ​
Any filmmakers who attend the festival will receive a VIP pass for themselves & a guest.

.​​                            **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 FILM 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 Red Carpet Awards Dinner. Some categories will have multiple awards, such as Student, Southern States, and Foreign Language, as the judging panel deems appropriate. SSIFFF and the judging panel reserves the right to remove a category or to add additional categories as they deem appropriate. 

Best Southern States Film
Atman Award for Diversity in Film
Best of Fest
Best Short Film - 1 to 20 Minutes
Best Featurette (Mid-length Film) - 21 to 49 Minutes
Best Feature Film - 50 Minutes and over
Best Southern States Short Film - 1 to 20 Minutes
Best Southern States Featurette - 21 to 49 Minutes
Best Southern States Feature Film - 50 Minutes and over
Best Documentary Short - 1 to 44 Minutes
Best Documentary Feature - 45 Minutes and over

Best Southern States Documentary - Any Length (filmed in, and about a topic, in one or more Southern States)
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 (MSFP):
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:

What MSFP provides:
1. Casting and consultation - up to 25 hrs ($750)
2. 1-week filming - up to 50 hours: ($6500)
     a. DP with 4k rig
     b. Assistant Director/AD
     c. On set Sound capture
3. Film editing, Sound sync, and design - up to 40 hrs ($1600)
4. Soundtrack Production - up to 30 hours ($1200)
      Total Package Value - $10,050 *

*MSFP’s Prize Film Production 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
-Director (must be agreed upon by Winner and MSFP)
-Set design (in collaboration with Director)
-Lighting Technician (Gaffer)
-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/PA's on set (MSFP will train)
-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.

*Script Contest Winner will be announced no later than March 15, 2019*