Atlanta – Submissions are now open for the 2018-19 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. South Arts, in conjunction with more than 20 screening partner venues spanning nine states, will select at least 18 films and filmmakers to embark on paid tours of the region conducting screenings, meeting audiences, and leading local conversations through educational, social, and press engagements.
“Southern Circuit is a truly unique opportunity for both emerging and established filmmakers,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, senior program director for South Arts. “Filmmakers will share their work and experience their film through the lens of local audiences from a variety of makeups and backgrounds.”
Accepted filmmakers will tour with their film through one of three “circuits” comprised of six screening partner venues. Each will tour over the course of two weeks in either the fall of 2018 or the spring of 2019. Additionally, the selected filmmakers receive an honorarium per screening, a per diem, and covered travel costs.
Screening partner venues on the tour include schools and universities, performing arts centers, places of worship, and museums in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
“Our audiences aren’t just film aficionados,” continued Hollingsworth. “Southern Circuit audiences are comprised of high school and college students, community members of all ages, families, social clubs—everyone!”
The Southern Circuit, the South’s only tour of filmmakers, screens feature-length animation, documentary, experimental and narrative films completed after January 1, 2016. A full list of guidelines and the application are available by visiting www.southarts.org. The tour is operated by South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, nine state arts agencies, and many individuals, corporations, and foundations.