Magnolia Independent Film Festival


The Magnolia Independent Film Festival or The Mag, a film festival based in Mississippi, was founded by Ron Tibbett[1] in 1997 in West Point, Mississippi. It was the first film festival to take place in Mississippi. Three years later it was moved to Starkville.

25th Magnolia Independent Film Festival Flyer

The Festival is held in February. Films are judged during the festival with awards given at the end. Some of the categories include short films, drama, comedy, experimental, full-length, and documentary films.[2]

Filmmakers are invited to town, taken to and from the airport, and housed at no charge. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and additional celebrations are held in their honor throughout the weekend. In 2022, The Mag held its 25th anniversary, returning to Columbus, Mississippi for the first night before returning to Starkville, Mississippi for the remainder of the festival.

24th Magnolia Independent Film Festival edit

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Mag chose to hold the festival through an online format. One evening of the event was held in-person but through a drive-in method.

References edit

  1. ^ [1]. Internet Movie Database. Ron Tibbett. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Frommers Online. "Frommer's Events - Event Guide: Magnolia Independent Film Festival (Starkville, USA)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2008-03-26. Retrieved March 25, 2008.

External links edit

  • Official website
  • Matthew Allen, Mag Draws Filmmakers to Starkville Cinema 12", The Reflector, online newspaper of Mississippi State University.