The Magnolia Film Festival Comes to Starkville!


Do you love movies? Do you like to watch all kinds of movies? Would you like to schmooze with film-makers, attend screenings, and attend workshops on movies? Then Starkville is the place for you, because the Magnolia Independent Film Festival is coming up soon.

The Magnolia Film Festival was originally held in West Point and moved to Starkville several years ago. It is intended to be a filmmaker-friendly festival encouraging all filmmakers, including amateur and professional filmmakers. It is one of the leading steps to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Films are judged in 7 categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Film, People’s Choice, United Way Best Student Film, and Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Film. Awards are given at the close of Saturday’sschedule. Many movie makers have noted that the Magnolia Film Festival is one of their favorite film festival experiences.

The 2015 winners of the Magnolia Film Festival are as follows. For the Rob Tibbett Award for Excellence in Film, the winner was “Earthrise,”  directed by Glenn Payne. For the Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Written Film, the winner was “Moving Day,” directed by Louis Hunter. For Best Director, the winner was Rob Underhill. For Best Cinematography, the winner was “Ozland,” directed by Michael Williams. For Best Feature, the winner was “Ozland,”  directed by Michael Williams. For Best Homegrown film, the winner was “A Horror Movie,” directed by Casey Dillard. For Best Student Film, the winner was “Acroamatic,” directed by Hilda Queiroz. For best Short, the winner was “Serpent’s Lullaby,” directed by Patricia Chica.

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