Student Opportunity Deadline: Kansas City Film Festival

Kansas City FilmFest 2014 is seeking great features, documentaries, short films, animation, student, experimental and web series for the 18th annual Festival. The Kansas City FilmFest takes place on April 5-13, 2014, and celebrates independent filmmakers and the stories they want to tell.

New this year:  A web series category and a special animation emphasis: Animation Inside Out.

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The Kansas City FilmFest is celebrating its 18th 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! The Kansas City FIlmFest will be celebrating its18th year with a special animation emphasis: Animation Inside Out.


The Kansas City FilmFest is the largest film festival in the Kansas City Metro Area.  Kansas City FilmFest is a festival of juried films, seminars, panels, receptions and parties. It’s a collaborative, multi-day, annual cultural event designed to celebrate the creativity and hard work of independent filmmakers from around the world! A mix of local, national and international award winning films are screened over a period of 7 days.

The 18th Annual Kansas City FilmFest is celebrating a special emphasis on animation, Animation Inside Out; with expanded animation programming, competition and prizes, special guests, panels and seminars.

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 as soon as possible so their names may be listed in the scheduled program with their film to be in attendance. Visiting Filmmakers, Jurors and Special Guests will be invited to attend a complimentary KC BBQ Crawl, along with opportunities to tour other KC landmarks including the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Seminars with local and national film professionals are held on various aspects of filmmaking. Visiting filmmakers, industry professionals and Kansas City audience members socialize at special events and parties throughout the festival.

Women Making Movies is a sidebar during the festival that focuses on the unique contributions of women making films. Top women film professionals share their experiences and work through film programs, seminars and panel discussions. The 2014 theme: Challenging Gender Stereotypes On and Off Screen.

CinemaJAZZ, originating in 2006, is a program intended to bridge two artistic communities – jazz and film. The program includes screenings of juried media works inspired by jazz, curated screenings, seminars and live jazz performances. This program was developed as a collaboration of the Jubilee, Mutual Musicians Foundation and the American Jazz Museum.

Final jurors for KC FilmFest 2014 will come from a selection of industry professionals in filmmaking, distribution, film media, and festival programmers from Sundance, AFI Silverdocs, Slamdance, SXSW and more.


Kansas City Women In Film & Television has partnered with KC FilmFest for an annual short screenwriting competition aimed to promote the work of women screenwriters/filmmakers and to support their effort to make their short film with a $1000 prize. The Short Screenplay Contest will provide a female screenwriter/filmmaker the opportunity to bring her vision from the page to the screen. The finalists will get a staged reading of their short screenplays at the festival and one-on-one meetings with screenwriting mentors.


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