Tupelo Film Festival
While some cities take years to grow a film festival into a national and international draw, Tupelo, MS, has managed to do so in under a decade. The Tupelo Film Festival's official beginning was in 2004, but its inception really dates back to 1989 with the establishment of the Tupelo Film Commission. The group works with local organizations such as the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the Mississippi Film Office. Its goal is to elevate Tupelo’s profile as a filming location.
The commission also works to develop homegrown talent, and in 2009 it added a category to the festival’s roster of competitions for student filmmakers. Additions such as this one help keep the festival fresh while opening it up to more opportunities and exposure.
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