5 Flags FAM Festival ~ Pensacola, Florida

The inaugural international film, art and music competition & festival in the city of 5 flags!

5 Flags FAM Festival ~ Pensacola, FL

The inaugural international film, art and music competition & festival in the City of Five Flags!

5 Flags FAM Festival: Awards & Rules

October 2024

This festival is the only international film, art, and music combo festival in Pensacola. The 5 Flags FAM Festival is set in the historical downtown of 'America's First Settlement' in 1559. Still known to many as the "Redneck Riviera" this stretch of beach from Mobile, Alabama to Panama City, Florida has the whitest beaches in the United States. A vibrant location full of shops, restaurants, and harbors creates the perfect place to screen films from around the world, display original artwork, and listen to original songs. The weather here in October is rejuvenating. Best of all, the festival is open to all creators regardless of project budgets with an emphasis on up-and-coming content creators. You can say you were "found out" here!


Awards & Categories


Categories include:

Best Film In Festival (Audience Award)
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best LGBTQ Film
Best Women Ensemble
Best Director (chosen from among all entries).
Best Actor (chosen from among all entries).
The Candyce Weir Best Actress award will be chosen from among all entries.
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Best Undergraduate Film
Best Film Achievement Award



Categories include:

Best Large Painting (Paintings larger than 11x14)
Best Small Painting (Paintings 11x14 and smaller)
Best Digital Art (Any Size)
Best Photograph (Any Size. Any Genre.)
Best Hand-Drawn Artwork



Categories include:

Best Original Song (Lyrics)
Song of the Year (Recording of an original song)
Best Cover Song (Recording of a cover song)
Best Instrumental (Recording of an original song)
Best Music Video (The song must be an original release)




Rules & Terms


(All film submissions will be viewed in their entirety and winners will be chosen based on their achievement to tell a good story - nothing more, nothing less. The size of the production budget will not be a consideration in determining our winners).

  • We do not require a time frame for when a project was completed in order to submit.
  • The film's premiere status and festival circuit are not important to us.
  • All films must be in English or contain English subtitles.
  • Categories include all genres, lengths, and topics.
  • Submissions must be uploaded through FilmFreeway's website portal.
  • Film artwork/poster must be included.



  • All artwork entries must be submitted as a high-resolution photograph that is in sharp focus. We will accept jpg or png format.
  • The artist's name and the title of the painting should be included in the name of the uploaded file. Example: (johndoe-womaninbluedress.jpg)
  • Paintings need only a single "head-on" photo submission but must include the entire painting. Its borders must not be cropped in the photo or out of frame. Lighting should be sufficient to make out details.
  • All mediums are allowed.
  • Sculptures or crafts are NOT part of our festival at this time.



  • Original song entries must be submitted by the songwriter/copyright owner
  • Cover song entries must include a copy of the cover license.

the 5 Flag team

Reach out and join the team...

Jennifer Still

Festival Director



Christine Mattera

Sponsorship Sales Executive


Alex Dantin

Sponsorship Sales Executive


Avey Wright

Sponsorship Sales Executive


Jimmy Andrews

Director of Submissions



Candyce Weir

Host / Actress