WELCOME to the 18th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest!

 

It's time for the annual cinema celebration in the Ozark Foothills and we're glad you stopped by.


For 18 years, the Ozark Foothills FilmFest has defied all odds. Through the years, attendees from outside the immediate community have been startled, and sometimes amazed, that an event showcasing and celebrating independent film has thrived in our small rural community. And funders, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Arkansas Arts Council have rewarded our efforts with generous financial support. So it's time once again to settle in for two weekends of entertaining and enlightening non-commercial film that include visits by regional and national emerging filmmakers, a restored silent classic with live music accompaniment, a filmmaker panel discussion, and multiple opportunities to interact with guest artists and other cinephiles.

This year for the first time, we will be presenting the first weekend of the festival at the recently restored historic Melba Theater on Batesville's thriving Main Street. The second weekend will take place at our beloved host venue, Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. We're especially excited about our opening night event, a screening of the restored 1925 Charlie Chaplin classic THE GOLD RUSH. Batesville guitar legend Danny Dozier has composed and will perform an original score to accompany the screening. And for the youngest movie fans, we will be presenting a showcase of music videos produced by 4th and 5th grade students at Parkview Elementary in Van Buren. The highly successful video production program creates polished music videos that have screened at numerous festivals in the U.S. AND AT THE BERLIN SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL! The free program will take place at the Melba on Saturday, April 20.

Follow the Schedule link for the complete rundown of screenings and events and the Films link for a listing of the entire line-up. To get you started, here are a few trailers of some of this year's festival highlights.

Real-time captioning service is available for individual screenings, if requested by April 10.


THE GOLD RUSH


EMPTY SPACE


SUSHI AND SAUCE PIQUANTE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JERRY MCGEE


THE SPIRIT SEAM


THE ADVENTURES OF THE U.S.S. PARKVIEW: A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION


THE MOON AND THE NIGHT