Appalachian Highlands Quarantine Film Festival

April 09, 2020

Northeast Tennessee Entertainment Alliance Presents:

 Appalachian Highlands Quarantine Film Festival

The Appalachian Highlands Quarantine Film Festival is open to residents of Tennessee. As we all face uncertain times during this global Covid-19 pandemic, it's imperative to maintain a creative environment for not only the filmmakers behind the camera and in the writing room, but also for the general public who yearn to watch new movies.

To maintain safety during this pandemic, all films submitted must be made inside the filmmaker's home or on your personal property and include only those who reside in the home unless characters are imported via video conferencing. This includes all actors as well as any crew. Films must be edited in the same location as production and cannot be sent to an outside source for editing.

Open to residents of Tennessee.

Entry for the Appalachian Highlands Quarantine Film Festival is FREE for filmmakers!

How to Submit Your Film

You can submit your film via Film Freeway at Films submitted via Film Freeway need to be downloadable so we can share them to our social media page via YouTube for voting.

Entries may also be submitted directly to us at via WeTransfer or a YouTube or Vimeo link that is shareable. Films will be shared with the Northeast Tennessee Entertainment Alliance social media pages where the general public may cast votes.


Time Lines

Submissions:  April 1st -8th

Festival:  April 9th – 11th

Awards:  April 11th


Awards & Prizes

Online awards for the following categories:
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Supporting Male Actor
Best Supporting Female Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Writer
Best Editing

We will also award 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for Best Film Overall.

Rules & Terms

Requirements for entry:

  1. The film must be no less than 2 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes.
  2. All actors must reside in the same home unless they are on video chat with someone outside of the home. (Please stay safe and do not invite friends over to film!)
  3. Must show at least one character washing their hands.
  4. Must show at least one character utilizing video chat (FaceTime, Messenger or other video conferencing software)
  5. Must show at least one character cleaning something.
  6. The film must be PG-13.
  7. The filmmaker must make an appearance in the film.
  8. All films must be edited at home and not sent to someone outside to edit.
  9. You can use royalty-free music or you can score with your own music.
  10. Credits can run for 30 seconds.
  11. Films can be made with a phone, camera or other digital devices with recording capability.
  12. All films must be current. We will not accept films made prior to the film festival dates.
  13. Filmmakers must make their film submission downloadable so we can share the film via social media. This includes direct submissions via Film Freeway as well as submissions made directly to NETEA from YouTube or Vimeo links or file transfers via We Transfer.