What is Crossroads?
A. The Crossroads Film Society sponsors the annual Crossroads Film Festival each April in Jackson, Mississippi. We are a multi-cultural, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to international, national, and local film and video. We also encourage discussion and production for film and video, particularly as related to the cultural, educational and economic vitality of the state and region. Our society ’s objectives are met through year-round programming, including special events, lectures, workshops, and the annual Crossroads Film Festival.
The mission of the Crossroads Film Society is to celebrate the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth. The Crossroads Film Society will facilitate and promote a broader spectrum of film and video for the community, will present and honor films and videos related to Mississippi and the South, and will provide educational opportunities and facilitate general discussions for film lovers and aspiring filmmakers.
During the festival each year entries from Mississippi and around the world compete to win cash and prizes in each of our categories: Youth, Student, Documentary, Short Documentary, Feature, Music Video, Experimental, Short and Animation. Over 140 films, which range from two minutes to two hours, will be shown at Malco Grandview Theatre in Madison.
The festival provides more than just films to watch. Film fans have the opportunity to meet many of the filmmakers and discuss the filmmaking process as well as participate in a free screenwriting workshop offered on Saturday. Even the youngest fans will get a chance to learn about the filmmaking process through scheduled events on Saturday at the Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.
How can I find out about upcoming events?
A. You can submit your email address to join our email newsletter list where we send out occasional announcements prior to upcoming events. You will be sent an email to confirm your wishes to be on the email list. When joining the society you can also sign up for email and snail mail announcements, and volunteer on the membership form.
How do you decide what movies you bring?
A. The Screening Committee reviews and scores all entries for the Film Festival from October to February each year. Each submission is graded in ten different categories on a scale of 1-10 (Concept, Writing, Sound, etc …). Films with the highest average scores and recommendations are considered for the festival by the festival programming team. The year-round programming committee researches and votes on all Society events not related to the Festival.
How can I participate?
A. Any member of Crossroads may join the various committees who are responsible for events, programming, logistics and marketing. The year-round programming committee is responsible for all Society events not related to the Festival. The Festival committee is responsible for all aspects of the Film Festival that occurs each April. The Screening committee reviews and scores all entries for the Film Festival from October to February each year. The Membership committee informs the members of events and encourages new memberships. The Volunteer committee helps all the other committees with promotion and logistics during the events. The chair of each committee sits on the Board of Directors, which oversees and approves the overall running of Crossroads, fundraising, and sees that the committees operate in accord with the Crossroads mission.
Why should I join or donate to the society?
A. Crossroads exists by the generous support of our friends. The Crossroads Film Society relies on its membership and donations for a large part of its organizational budget. The extent and quality of its programming is directly related to membership and donations.
One Year Membership Benefits include discounts for screenings of Festival films, festival passes, and year-round Indie film series, as well as special free events throughout the year. Members-only film screenings and "Meet & Greet" Filmmaker parties, members only special events, free screenwriting workshops, participate and help decide what Crossroads does and screens. Your support also enables Crossroads to bring more films to you and helps support our local film community.
How Do I Join and What Are The Levels of Membership?
To support the Crossroads Film Society and Festival, join by clicking here or send checks payable to “Crossroads Film Society,” P.O. Box 22604, Jackson, MS. 39225. See membership levels here. Your donations support year round programming, the festival, workshops for all, and helps us support our local film community.
For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact us by email at email@example.com or P.O. Box 22604, Jackson, MS. 39225.
Can I write off my Crossroads donations on my taxes?
A. We are an official 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
How do I contact someone about a question I have?
A. We can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 22604, Jackson, MS. 39225, or by phone 601.345.5674.
Beyond participation and becoming a member, what can I or my organization do to support Crossroads?
A. So glad you asked. Your public and private donations allow us to support independent film and filmmakers in Mississippi. We offer ala carte sponsorship from one film, projector or educational workshop to special event parties during our festival. Your tax deductable donation is much needed and appreciated. Be a Crossroads Sponsor! Corporate sponsors and generous donors have enabled Crossroads to stage a four-day film festival of exceptional quality for the past six years. Building on the festival ’s success, we have grown our membership and expanded our film offerings to the community. As we plan for this year's festival and beyond, we are seeking individual and corporate investors who share our goals of encouraging emerging filmmakers and bringing important, creative independent films to the metro area. Your support will also help us cement our role as the “film specialists” of the Jackson arts community, offering both our own special year-round film series and special events that support other arts groups. In the past, we have sought sponsorships only for the festival, but now that we are engaged in year-round programming, our fundraising efforts now include year-round visibility for our sponsors and complimentary participation in a wide variety of selective activities