Grounds for Shorts

Way Down Film Festival launched in 2016 as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. The inaugural WDFF showcased over 30 short films and celebrated the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world. Curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks, each screening runs for 70-90 minutes and consists of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector and sound system, film screenings take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House.

Following each screening, there is a filmmaker Q&A. Select filmmakers and celebrity/industry judges are also in attendance. Peppered throughout the two-day festival are rocking, celebratory receptions and networking gatherings.

Our Founders


Stacy Cunningham

A BFA graduate from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a 25-year veteran in the media industry, Stacy recently located to Georgia after spending most of her life in Los Angeles. She has participated as a professional screenwriter, producer, director, and actor in a combined total of 500-plus film, television, commercial, and industrial projects.

She served as President of Women in Film Dallas, judge & spokesperson for USA Film Festival, advisory board member for SAG/AFTRA, Columbus Film Advisory Board, American Youth Film Festival Advisor and, most recently, is screenwriter and lead producer for the feature film, THEM THAT'S GOT, to be filmed in Columbus, GA's surrounding areas.


Jacy Jenkins

Jacy Jenkins graduated from The University of Georgia, then spent 3 years serving the inner-city Los Angeles, with over 200 ministries, through The Dream Center. Jacy returned to Georgia to help run a family tax business, during which she intermittently worked for two years with residential treatment services for boys and girls, domestic violence, and rape crisis centers.

She is foremost an entrepreneur that has started and sold an apparel line, a food truck, and a tax business. Jacy is also a visionary, who founded a collaborative, culture, online magazine, Electric City Life. Jacy serves as the Marketing Director and Talent Buyer for The Loft (restaurant/venue/recording studio/event space). Jacy also works as a freelance consultant for event planning, marketing, organizing festivals, events, and fundraisers in Columbus, GA.


Cora King

Cora thrives on arts and entertainment and learning the culture of other communities; she could also live comfortably in a world made up of musicians and foodies.In addition to having co-founded Way Down Film Festival, she also helped found Electric City Life, a digital platform for the community in Columbus, Ga, as well as the Broadway Paw-Rade, a nonprofit annual event to raise pet adoption awareness and encourage a pet-friendly community. Aside from event planning, Cora became a digital advertising coach through LEAD Digital/ The Ledger Enquirer, after working in the outdoor advertising industry through Outfront Media. Most recently, she has joined Fun Academy Motion Pictures, a production studio, and the only distribution studio in the Southeast, to further pursue her love for film and merge her passion with her skillset in digital marketing. Although she spent the better half of undergrad in the healthcare field, the arts and community are her true passions.