SAVE THE DATE covey 2014

Honorary Host Committee

Steering Committee

  • Sharon Maxwell Ferguson
  • Caroline Reuschel
  • Didi Hoffman
  • Kathy Vignos
  • Doby Flowers
  • Terri Vismale-Morris
  • Mat Willey

Will Call

  • Angela Tipton


  • Keri Hopkins
  • Rebecca Williams
  • Lilian Hoffman
  • Lori Medders
  • Hands On Thomasville
  • Junior Service League

Welcome to the Covey Film Festival!

Welcome to the Covey Film Festival! What is the Covey Film Festival? Who is it for? Why is it called Covey? Let us introduce ourselves!

The 2nd Annual Covey Film Festival was held in Thomasville, Georgia October 19th – November 1st 2014. The Covey Film Festival benefits something great in our community, The Thomasville Community Resource Center (TCRC)

The TCRC is a twenty year old, 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit, organization that provides after school educational programs, arts, gardening, homework help, counseling, transportation and even new parenting classes to hundreds of our children in our community. We have 10 sites, serving 340 children, in and around the Thomas County region, working hard every day to give kids a safe, educational, and fun place to go after school.

We are called the Covey Film Festival because, here in the Red Hill Region of Georgia, the quail and conservation of quail is foremost on our minds. A “covey” means a family – looking out for our community members. We don’t sleep in a circle like a quail covey, but we circle around the “at risk” children in the community and we do our best to provide a safe, nurturing environment for them to learn, grow and become productive members of our community.

Our theme for the 2014 Covey Film Festival is “Inheriting Mother Nature; Inspiring Youth”. The films we screen are based around conservation, protection, travel, animals, and the human relationship with our planet. Most of our movies will be screened during the day for the many different TCRC students (age appropriate), with educational materials, then in the evening for adults.

This year we are selling passes (along with individual tickets) which allow you access to all events including receptions (except Gala and Scott Wilson Autograph Session). Bring a friend, bring the family and save over $100 with the passes. They are available on our website! See all our movies for only $25!

We had such an amazing First Covey Film Festival, that our celebrity guests encouraged us to follow up to see if Thomasville could become a place for film production. Did you know the State of Georgia brought in over three (3) billion dollars of film and television production revenue last year? Downtown Thomasville, in support of the Covey Film Festival, is sponsoring a panel discussion for business leaders and interested citizens on the potential Economic Impact of the Film Industry in Thomas County. It’s free with reservations and we encourage all to attend.

The Covey Film Festival has an impressive list of actors, writers, directors, producers, who are excited to inhabit Thomasville for two weeks! Some from far away, some you may have gone to high school with… And just like the quail covey takes care of each other, we, in Thomasville take care of each other too.


Call For Submissions – Short Films

The Covey Film Festival is located in Thomasville, a part of the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia. The Covey Film Festival begins its third year October 8, 2015 and runs through October 16, 2015. The name Covey means family… In our region, a covey of quail is highly coveted and protected and represents all that is good. It is because of our desire to support the children in our area that the name Covey Film Festival was selected. All proceeds from the Covey Film Festival go to the Thomasville Community Resource Center which serves over 360 children in the region, providing after school academic and enrichment support along with Summer enrichment. These children are the future and we are part of their family.

Founded by Jane Fonda and Thomasville community leaders, The Thomasville Community Resource Center is honored to have extensive community and regional support for the film festival. Ms. Fonda is a hands on Chairperson representing the Ambassadors of The Covey Film Festival. Our highly regarded Ambassadors come from many parts of the film industry and support us from New York to Los Angeles. Several of our Ambassadors in the film industry are on the faculty at Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Our Ambassadors are from this region and have a passion to help grow the Covey Film Festival. We are pleased that they will be jury for the Short Film Competition.

Covey Criteria: Short Film Competition

  • Minimum length is 5 minutes including title and credits
  • Films must follow the theme of Nature, Community and Caring – utilizing one of the three parts of Covey’s focus
  • Must be a film style documentary
  • Must be uploaded to YouTube
  • English or English Subtitled

Awards and Prizes

  • High School: $250 First Prize, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention with prizes
  • College: $500 First Prize, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention with prizes

***Please no adult themes of nudity, profanity or strong violence***

Please fill out the attached Submission Form and return to Covey Film Festival no later than June 30, 2015. Please email to and place in subject – COVEY FILM SUBMISSION.




Thomasville Community Resource Center

501 Varnedoe Street
Thomasville, GA 31792

(229) 226-5846

Lisa Billups, Executive Director
Angela Tipton, Associate Director

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Festival Partners
  • FSU School of Dance
  • Thomasville Center for the Arts
  • Thomas University
  • Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
  • The Bookshelf
  • South Georgia Ballet
  • Tallahassee Film Society
  • Birdsong Nature Center
  • Hands on Thomas County
  • Keep Thomas County Beautiful
  • WFSU
  • Downtown Thomasville
Corporate Underwriters
  • Commercial Bank
  • Lanigan and Associates, PC
  • James Moore & Co., P.L.
  • Downtown Thomasville
  • Jon Kohler & Associates
  • Anderson & Vann
  • Commercial Bank
  • European Edge
  • Thomasville National Bank
  • Farmers and Merchants Bank
  • Miller Management Company
  • AgPro Companies
  • Allen, Mooney & Barnes
Individual Underwriters
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Smith
  • Sharon and Howell Ferguson
  • Ms. Kathy Vignos
  • Mrs. Diane Parker
  • Mr. and Mrs Jerry Turner
  • Mr. and Mrs. Colin Phipps
  • Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wood
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Sedwick
  • Mrs. Peggy Rich
  • Ms. Sugar Blount
  • Mr. Daniel Morris and Mrs. Terri Vismale-Morris
  • Dr. and Mrs. Doug McPherson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Chapin
  • Dr. and Mrs. Philip Watt
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Carraway
  • Jane Fonda
In-Kind Donations
  • Liam's Restaurant
  • Onyx Creative Group
  • Avalon Plantation
  • Relish
  • Howell Ferguson
  • Doby Flowers
  • Thomas University
  • CMS
  • Grassroots Coffee
  • John Gandy Events
  • The Rug Gallery
  • Relish
  • Ken Young Company
  • Avalon Plantation
  • Monticello Nursery
  • Moonspin Pizza
  • Shannon Brooks
  • Food Glorious Food
  • Timberline Nursery
  • Shanna Nicole - Nicole Designs
  • Martin Young - Young Designs
  • J's Wine & Spirits
  • Crown Royal
  • Food Glorious Food
  • Artistic Confections
  • Hopkins Farm
  • Red Hills Farm Alliance
  • The Thomasville Townie
  • Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe
  • The Scholars Academy
  • Thomasville High School