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Join the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers!

Submissions for 2014-2015 Southern Circuit tour are now closed. Please continue to check this site for submission information regarding the 2015-16 tour.


"I have traveled with feature films all over this country (and one even played in France), but this is by far the most rewarding trip I've ever taken with a film. Hands down. No comparison." ~ John Beck, Harvest, Southern Circuit 2013-14

About the Circuit:

As the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films.

  • Southern Circuit is composed of three separate Circuits, each with six filmmakers (for a total of 18 filmmakers) who travel (by air & auto) to an estimated eight communities each throughout the Southeastern United States. The Circuit tours take place during the months of September, October, November, February, March, or April. Filmmakers will tour an estimated 10-12 days. 
  • Screening partners for the 2014-2015 tour are required to host a post-screening Q&A and reception for each Southern Circuit filmmaker in their community. Other events that filmmakers may be invited to in conjunction with screenings may include a dinner prior to the screening, coffee with local filmmakers, a classroom presentation with university or high school students, etc.

Filmmakers selected for the 2014-2015 Southern Circuit receive:

  • A $400 artist honorarium for each screening on the tour. Total screening fees may total as much as $3,200.
  • Paid travel expenses (domestic airfare, car rental, gas expenses, airline baggage fees) for the tour.
  • A per diem of $175 (per evening away from home) to cover expenses for meals and lodging.
  • Logistics and travel support from the South Arts staff.
  • Marketing support from South Arts and the screening partners for each screening.

In return, selected filmmakers agree to:

  • Travel to designated partner venues throughout the Southeastern United States.
  • Present a screening from approximately 45-120 minutes in length. 
  • Engage audiences in a 30-minute post-screening Q&A discussion of the work, the film-making process, and their lives as artists.
  • Participate in program-related events coordinated by the host venues on the tour, such as private dinners, public receptions, classroom presentations, etc.
  • Participate in the Southern Circuit blog to further promote the tour.

Film and Filmmaker Eligibility:

  • Southern Circuit accepts animation, documentary, experimental and fiction films.
  • Applicants must be living in the United States with a valid driver's license.
  • Filmmakers must possess legal rights to screen their film for festival and educational presentations.
  • A film may not have a confirmed distribution deal at the time of submission. Films that receive distribution deals after they are submitted for consideration to Southern Circuit remain eligible to tour. South Arts does not pay distribution fees.
  • Filmmakers must submit a feature-length work. Southern Circuit defines feature-length as no less than 45 minutes and no more than 120 minutes.
  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2011.
  • Both preview online screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles.
  • Southern Circuit does not have any premier requirements. However, the program does take previous screenings and broadcasts into consideration during the selection process. It is the filmmaker's responsibility to notify Southern Circuit of any change in premier status during the submission process.
  • If your film is selected, Southern Circuit will only screen in DVD and/or Blu-ray format.

Submission Requirements:

  • Online screeners: Southern Circuit accepts online entries submitted via Vimeo. 
  • Preview Screeners: Southern Circuit strongly prefers the online screener option via Vimeo. DVDs will also be accepted. If selecting this option, please submit two DVDs labeled with the WAB tracking number.
  • Submission fees: A submission fee will be required in order to enter your film for consideration. This fee can either be paid through Withoutabox.com at the time of submission or by check. The submission amount varies based on time of submission. Additionally, if a filmmaker has purchased a Discount Pack through Withoutabox.com for multiple festival submissions these will also apply. Please see submission deadlines and regular fees below:
    • Early Bird Deadline: December 31, 2013 $25
    • Regular Deadline: January 31, 2014 $30
    • Late Deadline: February 14, 2014 $35
    • Extended Deadline (WAB members only): February 28, 2014 $50

Submission Rules:

  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • DVDs will not be returned.
  • Filmmaker will assume shipping costs to Southern Circuit.
  • Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work.
  • Southern Circuit does not accept rough cuts, only completed films.
  • All decisions made by Southern Circuit are final.

Terms & Conditions:

Entrant represents and warrants that all materials submitted shall be original work of the applicant (and its employees, if any), and not of any third party. Entrant warrants that it has good and marketable title to the entire submitted work. Entrant releases South Arts from any and all claims and causes of action whatsoever (including, without limitation, any infringement or violation of personal and/or property rights of any sort including, to the maximum extent permitted by law, defamation) arising from the use, production, promotion, distribution and exploitation, and presentation of the film. Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold the South Arts harmless (including its directors, officers, and employees) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, suits, damage costs, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs), and damages suffered, incurred, arising out of, or related to any claims that any part(s) or all of the film infringe upon any copyright or trademark (statutory or common law); constitute an invasion of the right of privacy or publicity; constitute a defamation; or constitute an infringement of any other right or any kind, of any third party.

Selection & Notification:

Qualifying submissions are entered into an adjudication process with films reviewed by Southern Circuit programmers, film industry professionals and Southern Circuit screening partners.

The primary contact listed on the entry form will be notified of their film's status via email by June 13, 2014. It is the primary contact's responsibility to update Southern Circuit with any change in their relevant contact information.

For questions on any of these guidelines please contact Teresa Hollingsworth at (404) 874-7244 x14.


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