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 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 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 and spokesperson for USA Film Festival, advisory
board member for SAG/AFTRA, Columbus Film Advisory Board, and American Youth Film
Festival Advisor. Most recently, Stacy was the Producer for the feature film, THINGS DON’T
STAY 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.

Jacy Jenkins

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 the Outreach/Partnership Director. She is excited to help promote and distribute their first CG animated feature film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, and be a part of the growing film industry in her home state.

Cora King

A Columbus native, Cora King began her career in marketing, specializing in outdoor advertising with CBS Outdoor and Outfront Media for four years. She was then recruited to serve as the digital advertising coach for LEAD Digital/ The Ledger Enquirer. Although she spent the better half of undergrad in the healthcare field, the arts and community are her true passions. She recently ventured into The Fun Academy, where she directed digital marketing for the upcoming feature film, Sgt. stubby: An American Hero. She has since gone on to become a freelance creative consultant and marketer for independent filmmakers, and through Bo Bartlett Studios. 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. She is most recently co-curating a local gallery to showcase emerging Georgia artists.