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Mark your calendars for our 28th year and celebrate
a weekend of independent films from around the country and the world!


Kansas City FilmFest International April 12-14, 2024 
AMC Ward Parkway 14 Theatres

  • 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
  • The festival hosts filmmaker panels, opening receptions and a Filmmaker Lounge for filmmakers to network and grab complimentary food and drink.
  • 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 90% 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 2024 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 199
  • Click  here to enter on 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 Kans

Kansas City FilmFest International Over the Years!

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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