16th ANNUAL OZARK FOOTHILLS FILMFEST RECEIVES "CHALLENGE AMERICA" GRANT AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

YakonaNational Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA's first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. for the 16th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest in Batesville, Arkansas. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting projects such as the Ozark Foothills FilmFest, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

The 16th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest will take place April 14-15 and April 21-22 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Highlights include “Reel Rural: Rural America in Independent Film,” a series of screenings and filmmaker panel discussion exploring depictions of small town and rural communities in independently-produced narrative films. The festival will also continue its tradition of incorporating a live performance element into the festival line-up. The 2017 event will be a screening of Yakona, a SXSW Visions Audience Award winning film, with live music accompaniment by Justin Sherburn, composer of the original film score, and members of the classical ensemble Montopolis.

With nary a word of narration and only one explanatory onscreen title at the very end, the hybrid documentary Yakona tells a captivating story through a rich blend of sound and image. As the story of the San Marcos River in Central Texas, it's one of extraordinary beauty, ancient culture, rare species and endangered ecosystems . . . The outstanding camerawork, both aboveground and underwater, showcases an astounding array of turtles, lizards and insects, and reveals an assortment of plumed inhabitants that would be any birdwatcher's delight . . . The strong visuals are enhanced by Justin Hennard's artfully layered sound design and Justin Sherburn's impressively varied score.” --Sheri Linden, hollywoodreporter.com

The complete line-up for the 16th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest will be available at www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org on or before March 1. Announcements leading up to the festival will be posted at www.facebook.org/OzarkFoothillsFilmFest.

 


THE 16TH ANNUAL OZARK FOOTHILLS FILMFEST
APRIL 14-15 AND APRIL 21-22, 2017


The 16th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest is now accepting entries via FilmFreeway.com. FilmFreeway offers free online HD screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click for submission information. Click to submit with FilmFreeway. The submission deadline is November 30, 2016.


 




The 15th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest has concluded. The following filmmakers took home cash prizes and hand-thrown ceramic trophies designed and created by Mountain View Pottery in Mountain View, Arkansas.

(Got kids? Visit the T Tauri Movie Camp)


Tracy Facelli, Best Narrative Short
Scott Ballard, Best Narrative Feature
Ted Roach, Best Documentary Feature


Tracy Facelli: Best Narrative Short
(HOW I GOT MADE)


Ted Roach: Best Documentary Feature
(120 DAYS)


Scott Ballard: Best Narrative Feature
(DEATH ON A ROCK)


Alison Klayman: Best Documentary Short
(THE 100 YEARS SHOW)


Kim Lindsey: FRIEND 'O THE FEST AWARD






 

The 15th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest brought nationally recognized independent films and their makers to the Ozark foothills. The festival provided a showcase of exemplary movies from the state, region, and nation. The line-up also included films from Sweden, France, Spain, the Russian Federation, and Hungary. We screened 38 films, including 9 features and 28 Arkansas premieres!


Here's a taste of the 2016 offerings:


Death On a Rock

DEATH ON A ROCK
Director: Scott Ballard

The film follows a young woman coming to terms with a trying event in her life. Lillian's bright outlook--she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend--is (more)

   
120 Days

120 DAYS
Director: Ted Roach

Family man Miguel Cortes could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his undocumented immigration status. In exchange for Miguel agreeing to leave (more)

 

   
Stressful Adventures

THE STRESSFUL ADVENTURES OF BOXHEAD & ROUNDHEAD
Director: Elliott Cowan

After their home is destroyed, Boxhead & Roundhead must head to the big city to battle red tape, rent, rats, and the rat race to get it back. (more)

   
Frank vs. God

FRANK VS. GOD
Director: Stewart Schill

David Frank (Henry Ian Cusick) thinks he's lost everything. Unable to move past the grief of losing his wife, this former lawyer has all but given up. That is, until a tornado not only destroys his house, (more)

   
The Mystery of Picasso

THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Unavailable for more than a decade, THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO is one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made. (more)

 

   
Broke

BROKE
Director: Heath Davis

A disgraced sports star and gambling addict attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan. His journey back to the winner's circle is thwarted when he's (more)

 

   
Water Like Stone

WATER LIKE STONE
Director: Zack Godshall

A story about the people who live in Louisiana's vanishing wetlands. Through encounters with fishermen, shrimpers, and lifelong residents of the region (more)

 

RED EYE ALL-MOVIE PASS!
Seriously, all this for $25?

 

Side Street SteppersFilmFest Special Event~
The Side Street Steppers IN CONCERT!