CLEMSON — The Southern Margins Short Film Festival Friday and Saturday at Clemson University will showcase innovative short works depicting the experiences of marginal persons and communities in the South.

The festival is new this year, and it encourages filmmakers to reflect on the definitions of “Southern” and “marginal.” The festival accepted submissions from students and amateur and professional filmmakers.

The event will feature three guest filmmakers, a filmmaking workshop and a screening of winners from a short film competition. The guest filmmakers are “Cotton Road” director Laura Kissel, “Jason & Shirley” director Stephen Winter and “Queer Moxxie” directors Heather Provoncha and Leo Hollen Jr.

“Southern Margins grew out of collaboration between the new degrees in gender, sexuality and women’s studies and world cinema, with many helpful cosponsors,” said Travers Scott, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the communication department. “By combining a workshop and competition with screenings from visiting filmmakers, we hoped to create experiences and dialogues exploring what it means to be Southern and marginal in today’s global, networked world.”

For more information, visit Southern Margin’s Facebook page at SouthernMargins/, or Clemson’s cinema website at world-cinema/about/index.html.