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We are so excited about our next edition of the SOUTHERN CITY® Film Festival! We’ll have fun parties, amazing films, educational workshops, and a fun community wide OSCARS® Watch Party all in The Ally in beautiful downtown Aiken, SC!



The Southern City Institute, a 501(c)(3), is dedicated to the education and promotion of the arts by celebrating film through the Southern City Film Festival and Institute. SCFF seeks to create venues in the community to encourage education, artistic expression, and acknowledge emerging filmmakers from around the world and within our community.

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Film Festival

"It all starts with an idea"

Southern City was founded in 2015 and hosted its first film festival in the fall of 2016 in Aiken, SC. FilmFreeway awarded the film festival their “Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals in the World” award, which we also received the second year as well! The Southeast is so rich with talent from all mediums that we wanted a place to showcase and celebrate that talent. We firmly believe in our motto ‘It all starts with an Idea’ because we think all great things originally just stem from an idea. We want to see and reward your ideas in the Third Annual Southern City Film Festival in Feb 2019.



"A place just for you"

We are so excited about the Southern City Institute and how it benefits the local youth and aspiring actors, writers, producers, and filmmakers in the area who have a place to learn and grow in the craft. The Southern City Institute has already worked with hundreds of kids producing over a dozen films!


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