Filmmakers from all over the world practice the art of cinematography by combining creativity, critical thinking, production skills into stories for others to enjoy. Filmmakers do not only produce films for the love of the art but also for the recognition that might come from film festivals internationally. Among the thousands of film festivals internationally, Kansas provides some professional and substantial film festivals that provide competitions, screening, classes, and exhibitions that you can attend.
The Kansas City FilmFest is an international film festival which is held at the Cinemark theater on the Country Club Plaza and the Alamo Drafthouse theater on Main in Kansas City a seven day event held over a two weekend period, as stated on their website. Even though this film festival has come and gone you can still plan next year to attend this wonderful event.
Founded in 1996 by Fred Andrews, a combination of the Kanas City Filmmakers Jubilee, CinemaJAZZ, and the FilmFest KC now known as the Kansas City FilmFest, hosts thousands of entries from all over the world. The Kansas City Filmfest also provides a childrens film contest, Reel Spirit, which showcases the creativity through the cinematic arts, inspiring young filmakers everywhere. Children from 2nd to 12th grade may compete in seven categories including the for an entry fee of five dollars.
This is a Lawrence based Film festival that is held over five days collaborating film, music, art, and other forms of performance and visual arts. The Free State film festival is held from June 25 to June 29 at over 14 different locations throughout Lawrence. At the Freestate Filmfest website, you can find the schedule for live performances, classes, exhibitions, and other events, through the online print catalog.
The Kansas International Film Festival is another international film festival held from October 10-16 at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park. This event focuses on documentaries, narrative, and independent animated films. The KIFF was founded in 2001, as a non-profit organization with filmmakers competing for the three categories as reviewed by the jury selection and the audience selection. KIFF provides a survival guide giving you tips and tricks with minimal stress, helping you to have the best film experience possible.
Tallgrass Filmfest is an five day international film festival held in Wichita since 2003, founded by Timothy Gruver. The filmfest hosts around 12,000 attendees, screening over 180 films from 32 different countries. In 2013, Tallgrass collaborated with the Wichita Art Museum, Botanica, Ulrich Museum of Art, Exploration Place, Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Orpheum Theatre, CityArts and Wichita Symphony Orchestra along with over ten other non-profit organizations.
Tallgrass also provides workshops, year round screenings and a traveling road show. As well as supporting the community by providing seasonal media jobs and year round internships. On the Tallgrass website they host a collection of the films from previous events.
These film festivals host all kinds of events, classes, and exhibits for filmmakers young and old. If you are a creative and artistic person, attending one of these events could help you take that next step to Hollywood. So get out in the world, meet people, and then make a film about your journey.