A Film Festival Experience for the Whole Family

Having experienced film festivals across the country with our own films, we’ve seen so many films that we truly never cared to see. You never know what you and your family are going to be subjected to. This film festival is challenging filmmakers to set aside political agendas (or learn to creatively bury them in your film) and avoid shock value for the sake of shock value. We are challenging filmmakers to bring creativity and beauty to their art of filmmaking and story-telling.

Brought to you by Desoto Arts Institute and located in Southaven, Mississippi, Desoto Film Festival is designed to bring thoughtful entertainment to families in the Mid-South as well as give exposure to filmmakers desiring to reach the widest audience of viewers – the entire family.

Film Submission Rules

Submission Rules and Regulations
> No submission fee refund
> No nudity or sexuality explicit content
> No offensive language, profanity, obscenity
> Strong violence is prohibited
> Must be uplifting and/or contain positive values
> All non-English films must have English subtitles

Film Submission Regulations

The DeSoto Film Festival is a film festival located in Southaven, MS, and hosted by the DeSoto Arts Institute. Submissions must be made online (via https://filmfreeway.com/desotofilmfestival). Official Selections will be screened at the festival event in October.

Official Selection and award notifications will be delivered electronically. Any awarded physical prizes (certificates, plaques, trophies, etc.) will be given to the award winners at the award ceremony during the DeSoto Film Festival (DFF) weekend. Award winners not in attendance can have their awards shipped to them at the expense of the award winner.

Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the film work to the DeSoto Film Festival. As the Director/Producer of the Film, entrants have submitted to the Festival, entrants represent and warrant to the Festival that the Film and all parts thereof are original; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to the Festival; the Film entrants submitted to the Festival is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.

Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, my submission of the Film, or by the Festival’s acceptance, review or retention of the Film.

If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to DFF. By submitting to the DeSoto Film Festival, you give DFF permission to show your film during the festival weekend at the festival’s discretion.