The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is an eclectic celebration of the cinema arts that takes place each spring in the rolling hills of the Ozark foothills. It is one of extremely few film festivals taking place in a truly rural community and opportunities to combine the film festival experience with outdoor activities abound. The festival screens narrative and documentary films of all lengths, as well as curated foreign language films and rediscovered American classics. Opportunities for artist/audience interaction will include a filmmaker panel discussion titled "Reel Rural: Rural America in Independent Film," post-screening Q&As, informal filmmaker chats at a coffee house and college campus, and a filmmaker welcoming reception.

The 2018 FilmFest takes place April 19-21 and April 27-28 in Batesville, Arkansas, located about 100 miles north of Little Rock and 130 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee.

Special consideration is given to films that reflect rural concerns, lifestyles, and sensibilities. All revenue generated from entry fees is allocated to competition prizes and to providing lodging and travel support for visiting filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, and Best Documentary Short. Winners are also presented with an original design hand-thrown ceramic trophy designed and created by Mountain View Pottery.

Submission Dates, Categories & Fees

REGULAR DEADLINE ~ November 30, 2017
EXTENDED DEADLINE ~ December 15, 2017
NOTIFICATION DATE ~ January 15, 2018

NARRATIVE FEATURE (fifty minutes or longer):
Regular Deadline - $20 / Extended Deadline - $25

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (fifty minutes or longer):
Regular Deadline - $20 / Extended Deadline - $25

NARRATIVE SHORT (under fifty minutes):
Regular Deadline - $10 / Extended Deadline - $15

DOCUMENTARY SHORT (under fifty minutes):
Regular Deadline - $10 / Extended Deadline - $15

Rules & Terms

Submission to the Ozark Foothills FilmFest (OFFF) constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, and permission to exhibit the work during the festival if selected. Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to OFFF, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to screen the work at the festival. OFFF reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of any work submitted. Eligible works must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

Entrants shall indemnify and hold harmless the Ozark Foothills FilmFest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Entries must be submitted digitally online using FilmFreeway’s digital submission process.

Selected filmmakers will be asked to provide promotional material including a short synopsis, filmmaker bio, cast and crew credits, a high resolution print quality still, and a link to an online trailer, if available.