Way Down Film Festival was a 2 day festival launched in 2016, which was immediately recognized as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. The inaugural festival showcased over 30 short films from all over the world, on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House. Following each screening, there was a filmmaker Q&A.
WDFF was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts; to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences to walk away with more courage and perspective, feeling inspired and connected. The festival provided talented filmmakers a platform to showcase their creative efforts and deliver networking opportunities to obtain jobs and launch projects. Columbus has become a film community hub, offering an audience the opportunity to experience stories that otherwise would not be accessible. WDFF exists to empower the artists, audience, and community with encouraging film projects and solidifying the success of the film industry in Columbus.
The festival is no longer running, but due to the great impact the festival had on the local area and on the celebration of local film talent, we hope to see it return one day.
Way Down Film Festival isn't the only film festival to have stopped running. Middle Coast, Lifetree, Bay Street, SoCal Independent, North x North, Screentest, Minneapolis Underground, Julian Film Fest, San Antonio Independent Christian film festival, and Way Down, have all also ended their festivals.