Way Down Film Festival (WDFF)

13 - 14 Oct 2017
Columbus, Georgia, USA

The first high profile short film festival in Columbus will show over 30 short films of up and coming international talent.

  • When? 13 - 14 October 2017
  • Where? Columbus
  • Price: Starting at $45

Georgia's illustrious film legacy is, 'frankly my dear', about as grand as it gets. Although Georgia state may be no major Hollywood stakeholder, the romance of film hasn't by any means Gone with the Wind thanks to the fledgling Way Down Film Festival.

Settle down to the state of the art projectors and sound systems of the Springer Opera House's main stage, that will show over 30 documentaries, animations, narrative and experimental shorts. Films last between 70 and 90 minutes and are organised into six thematic genres, with tickets starting at $45. The weekend will be full of post-screening question and answer sessions, plus lively discussions in the classy Saloon Bar.

Things round off with an awards ceremony, where the winner of the best overall film is announced and given a generous $2500 prize. $250 will also be awarded to the winners of the 6 subcategories. Select filmmakers and a celebrity MC will be in attendance but what Way Down Film Festival lacks in celebrity appeal, it more than makes up for in architectural splendour and historic ambiance.

The Springer Opera House has been a leading southern cultural institution for 144 years and is a National Historic Landmark. It is one of seven functioning theatres in the United States that lays claim to this title. The beauty of the Edwardian Grand Lobby, curvaceous double balconies and the lofty proscenium arch makes imagining the likes of Oscar Wilde, W.C. Fields and Edwin Booth pacing the stage an easy feat. Its location between New York and New Orleans is what originally put Columbus on the theatre map and many notable performers made pit stops here on their way south, putting on shows to cover travel expenses. Make sure you take the time to check out the exhibits in the lobbies that include relics of notable performers.

As God is our witness, you'll never want to watch a movie anywhere else again (okay, we'll stop with the film puns now).

  • Get there: The venue is located at 103 East 10th Street, and we recommend taking a taxi.
  • Stay: Book accommodation in uptown Columbus.

Visit the official website for more information.

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