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October
19-21, 2018

Springer Opera House  I  Columbus, GA

Film Submissions close July 31st! 
 

Your film chariot awaits... but seats are limited.

Days Left to submit


mission

Saluting those who bring to the screen their excellence in innovation and unwavering passion for filmmaking.
Where culture dwellers come out to play. Be a part of the underground...

Way Down Film Festival
Grounds For Shorts


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STACY CUNNINGHAM, Co-Founder: A B.F.A. graduate from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and 26-year veteran in the media industry, Stacy located to Georgia after spending most of her life inLos Angeles. She has participated as a professional screenwriter, producer, director, and actorin a combined total of 500-plus film, television, commercial, and industrial projects. She served as President of Women in Film.Dallas, judge and spokesperson for USA Film Festival, advisory board member for SAG/AFTRA, Columbus Film Advisory Board, and American Youth FilmFestival Advisor. Most recently, Stacy was the Producer for the feature film, THINGS DON’TSTAY FIXED - directed by Bo Bartlett and filmed in Columbus, GA in June 2017. Through her company, A Making Mudpies Production, she is also in various stages of development to film upcoming features and TV series here in GA.

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JACY JENKINS, Co-Founder: Jacy graduated from The University of Georgia, then spent 3 years serving the inner-city of 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. Jacy Jenkins is foremost an entrepreneur that has started and sold an apparel line, a food truck, and a tax business. She helped set up the tourism industry as the Director of Tourism for Phenix City-Russell County, AL and Co-founded Way Down Film Festival in Columbus, GA in 2016. Jacy is a visionary, who founded a collaborative, culture, online magazine, Electric City Life, and hosts Monthly Meeting of the Minds. Jacy served as the Marketing Director and Talent Buyer for The Loft (restaurant/venue/ recording studio/event space) for three years and CutBait Music Festival for two years. Jacy continues freelance consulting for writing, event planning, marketing, organizing festivals, events, and fundraisers. Most recently, she was recruited by Fun Academy Motion Pictures as VP of Outreach/Partnerships where she helped promote and distribute their first CG animated feature film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, internationally from her hometown.

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CORA KING, Co-Founder: Cora spent the better half of undergrad in the healthcare field, but found that the arts and community were her true passions, so began her career in marketing in 2012, specializing in outdoor advertising for Outfront Media. She later was recruited to a management position for digital marketing at LEAD Digital/ The Ledger Enquirer. In addition to marketing and advertising, she has a well respected background in event planning. Cora is an invested resident in the Uptown district, having co-founded Columbus Georgia’s first high-profile film fest, Way Down Film Festival. She also has helped found Electric City Life, a digital platform for the community, as well as the Broadway Paw-Rade, a nonprofit annual event to raise pet adoption awareness and encourage a pet-friendly community. Her digital marketing experience and entrepreneurial spirit led her to Fun Academy, where she helped market the 2018 feature film, Sgt. stubby: An American Hero. Cora has served as a freelance consultant and marketer for independent artists and filmmakers, and now manages the studios for internationally renowned artists, Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby.

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Presented by

 
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Curated into six thematic genre blocks, each screening runs 70-90 minutes of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the art projector with a pristine sound system, all film screenings take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic state theater at The Springer Opera House.

SCHEDULE

Peppered throughout the three-day festival,
we invite you to enjoy…

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH +

  • VIP Kickoff with complimentary grub & cocktails
  • 2 Evening Screenings, each followed by a moderated Q&A session with attending filmmakers
  • Exclusive Access into The Saloon at The Springer - the networking gathering spot between screenings with filmmakers & VIP Judges.
  • Cash bar with sodas, wine, beer & refreshments
  • Friday Night After-Party, Location TBA (Age 21+)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH +

  • Saturday Morning Coffee with the Judges (complimentary coffee & refreshments)
  • 4 Daytime Screenings, each followed by a moderated Q&A session with attending filmmakers
  • Exclusive Access into The Saloon at The Springer - the networking gathering spot between screenings with filmmakers & VIP Judges.
  • Cash bar with sodas, wine, beer & refreshments
  • Saturday Night Awards Bash sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Columbus salutes WDFF’s 2018 filmmakers. Enjoy complimentary cuisine, a cash bar, live DJ & one rocking awards ceremony.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st, NEW (Separate $25 Pass) +

  • Sunday Screening Afterglow kicks off at 12:30pm with complimentary brunch & beverages in The Saloon. To follow, WDFF will screen select festival favorites in honor of our working entertainment & service industry professionals so they too can be a part of the celebration.

TICKETS ON SALE SOON

VIP Tickets on sale now

Individual Screening, $10

  • No additional information

2-Day Festival Pass, $75 +

  • Entry Into All 6 Screenings
  • Exclusive Access Into
  • The Saloon
  • Friday Night After-Party, Location TBA (Age 21+)
  • Saturday Morning Coffee With The Judges (Complimentary Coffee & Refreshments)
  • Closing Night Awards Bash (Dinner & Cash Bar)

VIP Pass, $100 +

  • VIP Kickoff Reception
  • Exclusive WDFF 2018 Swag Bag
  • Entry Into All 6 Screenings
  • Exclusive Access Into The Saloon
  • Friday Night After-Party, Location TBA (Age 21+
  • Saturday Morning Coffee With The Judges (complimentary coffee & refreshments)
  • Closing Night Awards Bash (Dinner & Cash Bar)

The Saloon, $10 (Free with festival lanyard)+

  • The Saloon at The Springer hosts the networking gathering spot between screenings with filmmakers & VIP Judges. Cash bar with sodas, wine, beer & refreshments.

Saturday Night Awards Bash, $20 (Free with festival lanyard) +

  • Closing Night Awards Bash salutes WDFF’s 2018 filmmakers. Enjoy complimentary cuisine, a cash bar, live DJ & one rocking awards ceremony.

New Sunday Afterglow Screening, $25 +

  • Honoring our working entertainment & service industry professionals so they too can be a part of the celebration.

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