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 New name.  Same great festival!  Kansas City FilmFest International is celebrating its 23rd year of bringing independent film to Kansas City audiences.  Please join us!

Kansas City FilmFest International will host:

  • Five days of independent films from around the country and the world!
  • 120 + 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, Every Game Has a Story, and more
  • Filmmaker panels, seminars, opening receptions and nightly after-parties
  • Audience Choice award & nine juried awards selected by film professionals from across the U.S.
  • Engaged, enthusiastic, arts-oriented audiences
  • Five screens at Cinemark Palace on the Country Club Plaza
  • Located in the heart of the Country Club Plaza, the unique 15 block outdoor shopping district with dozens of restaurants, galleries, shops, and just blocks from the internationally recognized Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
  • Visiting Filmmakers are treated to a complimentary tour of the American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a KC BBQ lunch!

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. KCFFI encourages filmmakers to attend the festival so they can have the opportunity to interact and engage with our great Kansas City audiences!

Over the years, our visiting filmmakers let us know how much they’ve enjoyed screening for, and interacting with, our engaged and enthusiastic audiences! Filmmakers planning on attending should notify Kansas City FilmFest International as soon as possible, so their names may be listed in the scheduled program with their film to be in attendance.

Final jurors for Kansas City FilmFest International 2019 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.

Awards & Prizes:

  • Narrative Short ($500 prize)
  • Narrative Feature ($1000 prize)
  • Documentary Feature ($1000 prize)
  • Documentary Short ($500 prize)
  • Heartland College Student Short($250)
  • Heartland Highschool Student Short ($250)
  • Rick Cowan Rick Award for Best Cinematic Heartland Film Locations ($500). (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
  • 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

Click on one of the boxes below for rules and to enter your film. Extended Final Deadline Jan 2.

KANSAS CITY FILMFEST MISSION & OBJECTIVE

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!

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