South Arts Announces Call for New Indie Films

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Are you a filmmaker ready to screen your work in front of new audiences? If so, apply today to be a part of the 2012-2013 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

For over 35 years, the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films has presented independent filmmakers and their films to communities throughout the nine-state South Arts region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).

Southern Circuit is unique. Filmmakers travel with their films, attend screenings, and participate in post-screening Q&A and (really fun!) social events. Audiences get a rare opportunity to see extraordinary films and interact with the artists who created the work. Participating filmmakers learn how audiences – from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds – view their film, develop a deeper understanding of these communities, and how their work affects new audiences. Southern Circuit accepts documentary, feature, experimental, and animated films. Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2009. If you are submitting a group of works, one of them must have been completed after January 1, 2009.

Southern Circuit serves as the model for the regional distribution of independent films. Southern Circuit provides filmmaker travel costs – airfare, car rental, airline baggage fees, gasoline, lodging and meals – in addition to screening honorarium. Filmmakers travel to an estimated eight communities for screenings throughout the region over the course of 10 to 14 days. Films screen at a variety of venues – colleges & universities, museums, performing arts centers, historic theatres, community centers, clubs, and parks.

Southern Circuit is open to any filmmaker living in the United States with a valid driver's license. Filmmakers may submit a feature-length work or a group of short films whose combined time reaches feature length - at least 45 minutes with a maximum of 120 minutes.

The application deadline is Wednesday February 15, 2012. Early Bird Registration ends Tuesday January 31, 2012. For more information about Southern Circuit, visit the Southern Circuit website ( or contact Teresa Hollingsworth at thollingsworth(at)southarts(dot)org.

About South Arts
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit


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