2023 Call For Entries Now Open!

KCFFI has been bringing filmmakers and audiences together for 27 years

Thanks to the dedication and support of our volunteers, filmmakers, sponsors and fantastic
audience, KCFFI is gearing up for our 2023 festival and we can't wait to see you in the theater

“We were a little unsure how it was all going to work, but you guys pulled it off splendidly! Surely, a great model for other festivals who are thinking of going Virtual this year. We so appreciate all the press you were able to bring our film—getting on TV, (twice!) was a real thrill! And while we couldn’t experience sitting in the theater with an audience, the Q&A was a terrific substitute. It was handled so well and a lot of fun. And it was great to see so many people taking part in the experience. Of course, the awards were an unexpected, but amazing surprise. All in all, it was a superlative experience! BUT, having been to Kansas City several times, I look forward to attending the old-fashioned way—in person—in the coming years! “

Mark Stolaroff

“Thank you so so much for a wonderful experience at KC FilmFest International. I am so grateful to your team for holding the festival online during these uncertain times. It was great experience to connect with fellow filmmakers, audience members, and the team at KC FilmFest. I look forward to meeting you all in person and absolutely participating in the festival in the future! “

Brydie O’Conner

“I agree with everyone – I was so thankful you kept the arts alive.  Also your communications was GREAT.  And your Q&A was the best, and so much fun.  Kansas City Filmfest was a bright star during a dark time.  I’m forever grateful. Thank you!”

Cressandra Thibodeaux

“Kansas City Film Festival is a model for how to become creative in what are otherwise horrible circumstances. The decision to continue with the festival and convert to online was a courageous one, especially considering all of the security risks and unknowns and the fact that so many other festivals decided to postpone or cancel rather than go virtual. You all were able to pull it off with very few hiccups and also provided a wonderful opportunity for all of the filmmakers to share their work with each other and audiences well beyond the Kansas City area. It was so wonderful to do Q &As with the audiences right after the viewing and to have them moderated by competent and generous folks. Thank you all for a beautiful experience from start to finish!…”

E. Patrick Johnson
Executive Producer, Narrator, Author of the book on which the film was based,  MAKING SWEET TEA

Kansas City FilmFest International 2023 will be a 4 days of in- person events and screenings

  • Four days of independent films from around the country and the world!
  • 100 + narrative and documentary shorts and features
  • All topics, and in addition, film tracks on CinemaJazz, Women Directed Films, Latin Cinema, Black Voices Matter, Alternate Stories, World Cinema, and more
  • Filmmaker panels, seminars, virtual filmmaker check-in
  • Audience Choice award & nine juried awards selected by film professionals from across the U.S.
  • Engaged, enthusiastic, arts-oriented audiences
  • Each year the festival builds on its tradition of bringing inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining films to Kansas City audiences and offers opportunities for artists and filmmakers to network, and develop their craft and art. 

Over 95% of our films see one or more filmmakers attend with their films.  Our visiting filmmakers let us know how much they’ve enjoyed screening for, and interacting with, our engaged and enthusiastic audiences! Final jurors for Kansas City FilmFest International 2023 will come from a selection of industry professionals in filmmaking, distribution, film media, and festival programmers.

Kansas City FilmFest International is the longest running and largest film festival in the Kansas City Metro Area. It’s presented and governed by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, a nonprofit arts organization, which debuted its first film festival in April 1997.

Click here to enter via FilmFreeway 

Awards & Prizes:

  • Narrative Short ($250 prize)
  • Narrative Feature ($500 prize)
  • Documentary Feature ($500 prize)
  • Documentary Short ($250 prize)
  • Heartland College Student Short($150 prize)
  • Heartland Highschool Student Short ($150 prize)
  • Rick Cowan Rick Award for Best Cinematic Heartland Film Locations ($500 prize). (Films must have been at least partially shot in Missouri or Kansas to qualify. Included location details in submission form.)
  • Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
  • Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature (is voted on during the festival by audiences)
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary Feature (is voted on during the festival by audiences)
  • Fred Andrews Emerging Filmmaker Award with ($500 prize)
  • Heartland Filmmaker Award- May be awarded by Programming for an outstanding feature if the filmmaker currently resides in Missouri or Kansas, was born in Missouri or Kansas, or the film was shot in Missouri or Kansas

Kansas City FilmFest International is celebrating 27 years
of bringing independent film to Kansas City audiences!

Kansas City FilmFest Over the Years

Click on the Film Freeway box below for rules and to enter your film. 


The Kansas City FilmFest is celebrating its 23rd year and unites educational, cultural and film organizations in a celebration of independent filmmaking. Each year the festival builds on its tradition of bringing inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining films to Kansas City audiences and offers opportunities for artists and filmmakers to network, and develop their craft and art. KCFF encourages filmmakers to attend the festival so they can have the opportunity to interact and engage with our great Kansas City audiences!

Kansas City FilmFest International


Kansas City FilmFest International