Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers


Connecting independent documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South.

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The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South for screenings and conversations around important stories and the art of filmmaking.

Southern Circuit works with a network of Screening Partner organizations across the region to present screenings alongside Q&As and other community/educational engagements with touring filmmakers. Screening Partners include a range of organizations such as universities, community arts centers, historic cinemas, and more, serving diverse audiences of all ages.

Southern Circuit prioritizes featuring Southern filmmakers and stories. We are committed to presenting films by filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ filmmakers, and filmmakers with disabilities. Selected filmmakers should have an ethical relationship with the topics and individuals/communities featured in their work. We are invested in including emerging and first-time filmmakers.

Since Southern Circuit’s inception in 1975, more than three hundred filmmakers from around the country have toured, sharing their work and perspectives with over one hundred Screening Partner communities across the South. Southern Circuit is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2022-2023 Southern Circuit Season

The Southern Circuit returns to the exclusively in-person touring format after two years of online screenings and conversations. Screenings feature conversations between members of the filmmaking teams and local audiences exploring the films’ stories, topics, and filmmaking process.

Read the 2022-2023 Season announcement

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As filmmakers, we want our films to reach as broad and diverse an audience as possible. The Southern Circuit Tour makes that possible.

Pam Tom, Director, Tyrus

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For questions about Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, contact Jordan Young.

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