The Film Festivals of Arkansas
It is only February and Arkansas has already hosted one film festival, the ever growing and ever popular Arkansas Shorts in Hot Springs which is only one of fourteen film festivals of held in Arkansas on a yearly basis.
Hot Springs and Little Rock each host four film festivals and there is one in Batesville, Bentonville, Conway, El Dorado, Fayetteville, and Springdale.
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the oldest in the state with the inaugural festival being held in 1992. It is also the oldest documentary film festival in North America and is an Oscar Qualifying film festival for Documentary Short Subject. At nine days it is also the longest.
The newest is our own, the Made in Arkansas Film Festival which will take place in May 2019.
Most of the film festivals accept submissions from local and/or international films.
For a list of the various film festivals held in the state of Arkansas every year you can check out the Film Festivals of Arkansas page on our website: www.madeinark.og/ark-film-fests. The festivals are listed in alphabetical order, give a brief description of each festival, link for more info, and links for filmmakers to submit their films.
We hope this year you will venture out to as many as possible. And we highly encourage you to check out a film festival that is not located in your “home” city. The variety of festivals is what makes it great to have so many in our state. Not a single one of them is the same. Here are just a few quick examples…
Bentonville Film Festival is the only film festival founded by an Oscar winner, Actress Geena Davis, which focuses on inclusion in film.
Ozarks Media Arts Festival is the only student film festival.
Hot Springs Horror Film Festival is the only genre film festival.
Czech That Film Festival is the only foreign language film festival held in Arkansas.
Little Rock 48 Hour Film Project is a timed-competition festival/event.
and so on!
So be sure to follow our blog so you do not miss out on any of our coverage throughout the year on the Film Festivals of Arkansas.