The Arkansas Cinema Society and its premiere event Filmland were created to build a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art.

Filmland returns this October to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock, furthering ACS's mission to promote local filmmakers with Filmland: Arkansas. Information and details on how to submit to Filmland: Arkansas can be found in the short film and feature film categories.

The past three years have included Academy Award nominated actor Adam Driver, five-time Oscar nominated Director Richard Linklater, Director David Lowery, Producers Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Actor and Director Joel Edgerton, David and Christina Arquette, WIll Forte and Ted Danson and Oscar winner and ACS board member Mary Steenburgen. Screenings also feature Q&A's moderated by ACS Founder and Director Jeff Nichols and every night is topped off with a party for filmmakers and attendees.

Filmland 2020 will take place the weekend of October 1st. The exact dates, events and other details will be announced once special guests and screenings are finalized.

ACS Filmland is a non-competitive, curated event but there will be an audience award for the Filmland: Arkansas program.

Submissions are for Arkansas filmmakers who either made their film in Arkansas or for an Arkansas Filmmaker who is an Arkansas producer, director, or writer of a film. Films may also be considered if an Arkansas native was the lead or key role as an Actor, Supporting Actor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Sound Designer, Composer, Editor, Cinematographer, Animator, Visual Effects, Makeup and Hair or First Assistant Director. The Arkansas filmmaker(s) must be available to attend the screening for a conversation after the film.

Overall Rating
  • A great opportunity for Arkansas filmmakers and connecting with other local talent. Thankful to be a part of it. ACS handled the pivot to a virtual format extremely well too, including a very fun and novel Drive-In component.

    October 2020
  • Arkansas film is on the up & up :,]
    Great folx!

    October 2020
  • My experience at FilmLand2020 will remain forever memorable not only because it was the first time my film has ever been screened at a festival but also for the great care provided by the staff to make the experience the best it could be! Thank you, again, for giving young filmmakers like me access to your platform!

    October 2020
  • Very proud to be involved with a game changing group to the Arkansas Film Industry, I look forward to many more years of ACS as a filmmaker and spectator.

    September 2018