Way Down Film Festival

Way Down Film Festival

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Way Down Film Festival

Way Down Film Festival launched in 2016 as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. The inaugural WDFF showcases over 30 short films, celebrating the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world. Curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks, each screening will run 70-90 minutes and consist of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector and sound system, film screenings will take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House. Following each screening will be filmmaker Q&A’s. Select filmmakers and our celebrity/industry judges will also be in attendance. Peppered throughout the two-day festival will be rocking,  celebratory, receptions and networking gatherings. A few shindigs, with more to be announced, include:

  • VIP Sunset Champagne Reception
  • Morning Filmmaker Coffee Hour
  • Network After Parties
  • Closing Night Awards Ceremony Gala.

Our Founders

imageStacy Cunningham

A B.F.A. graduate from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and 25-year veteran in the media industry, Stacy recently located to Georgia after spending most of her life in Los Angeles. She has participated as a professional screenwriter, producer, director, and actor in a combined total of 500-plus film, television, commercial, and industrial projects. She served as President of Women in Film.Dallas, judge and spokesperson for USA Film Festival, advisory board member for SAG/AFTRA, Columbus Film Advisory Board, American Youth Film Festival Advisor, and, most recently, is screenwriter and lead producer for the feature film, THEM THATʼS GOT, to be filmed in Columbus, GA’s  surrounding areas.

image-2 Jacy Jenkins

Jacy Jenkins graduated from The University of Georgia, then spent 3 years serving the inner-city in Los Angeles, with over 200 ministries, through The Dream Center. Jacy returned to Georgia to help run a family tax business, during which she intermittently worked for two years with residential treatment services for boys and girls, domestic violence and rape crisis centers. Jacy Jenkins is foremost an entrepreneur that has started and sold an apparel line, a food truck, and a tax business. Jacy is also a visionary, who founded a collaborative, culture, online magazine, Electric City Life. Jacy serves as the Marketing Director and Talent Buyer for The Loft (restaurant/venue/recording studio/event space). Jacy also works as a freelance consultant for event planning, marketing, organizing festivals, events, and fundraisers in Columbus, GA

image-1 Cora King

Cora is  a native  of  Columbus,  GA  with  a passion for the arts, and community. Cora has a strong devotion to educate and lead businesses down successful marketing paths. She is an advertising coach for LEAD Digital/ The Ledger Enquirer,  and  co-founded/produces website  branding  and  development  for the online  community culture magazine, ELECTRIC CITY LIFE. Cora also serves as an independent film marketer and distribution primer through the Bo Bartlett Studios.