SouthSide Film Festival


Years running: 19 (since 2004)

SouthSide Film Festival

Independent Film Festival.


The SouthSide Film Institute (SSFI) is a volunteer-run grass-roots organization based in the strong arts and business community of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that presents the annual SouthSide Film Festival each June. Our festival is non-competitive.

Why Submit to the SouthSide Film Festival?

  • Web Site listing and link to film's web site
  • Two (2) All-access SSFF passes
  • Audience feedback session opportunities post-screenings
  • FREE HOUSING at the "Filmmaker Village" during the festival
  • Parties, Food and more
  • Wares - we encourage our filmmakers to sell their films (past and present), merchandise, etc. to make a little money at the Festival. You keep 100% of what you sell before and after each screening, BUT you are in charge of all transactions. The SSFF cannot provide change or manage -transactions.
  • Entry Fee Waiver for any future SouthSide Film Festival! This could be the last time you pay an entry fee to our festival. One waiver per director, per year.


Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Award


Submissions are to be made via Filmfreeway.

We love Vimeo links! If you have your film on Vimeo, please include a link.

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS: Online Screener, DVD, BLU-RAY, mov-files.


Subtitles: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Glenn Koehler (DIRECTOR)



United States

Official Website



26 East 3rd Street
Bethlehem PA 18015

Phone: 610-882-4300
Fax: 610-882-9679


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    September 01, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    November 01, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    February 01, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    March 01, 2022
  • Extended Deadline
    April 01, 2022
  • Notifications
    June 01, 2022
  • Event Dates
    14 — 18 June 2022
Categories & Fees

Films directed by current students or completed while a student. Student submissions are judged against a less stringent criteria than the general, cultural and genre entries. Student films are paired with professional films, especially in the shorts programs.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Films of any length, genre, style, production, experience, or year of production that do not fall into any of the other niche categories.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Children's films will be screened at our annual Children's Film Series that runs concurrently with our regular festival. Our target range for the children's festival is 5-12.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $50
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