The Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will celebrate motion pictures from a number of different genres and age groups and will be held in the historic town of Claremore, Oklahoma on Route 66.

Claremore was the hometown of Will Rogers, who was the #1 movie star in America in 1934, and home to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Claremore was also home to Lynn Riggs, who wrote the play that eventually became the movie, OKLAHOMA!

The Festival is family friendly and it will be several days of movies, chats, networking and activities throughout the community.

Motion Pictures categories to be shown at the Festival and all films will be G or PG...

Top 10 American Indian/First Nation/Indigenous Short
Top 3 American Indian/First Nation/Indigenous Feature
Top 10 Made in Oklahoma Short
Top 3 Made in Oklahoma Feature
Top 10 Documentary, Narrative, Animation and Comedy Shorts
Top 3 Documentary and Comedy Features
Top 10 in each age group for Children's Short
Top 10 College Student Short

Announcement of finalists will be September 28th, the Anniversary of Will's 1st movie.

Awards will be given to the following...

Best Documentary Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Animation
Best Comedy Short
Best Comedy Feature
Best Made In Oklahoma Short
Best Made in Oklahoma Feature
Best American Indian/First Nation/Indigenous Short
Best American Indian/First Nation/Indigenous Feature
Best Children's Short 15-18 years old
Best Children's Short 14 and under
Best College Student Short
People's Choice

Winners will be announced on Saturday, November 4th at The Dog Irons Awards Ceremony.

Each winner will receive a Prestigious Dog-Iron Award (Will Rogers Brand)​

Each FILM SELECTED FOR THE FESTIVAL will also receive the opportunity to air their Motion Picture on RSUTV, a regional public television station at Rogers State University. Permission must be granted by the SUBMITTER for the film to be shown on RSUTV. RSUTV will review each permitted submission to determine eligibility on public television.

Documentaries, Narratives, Made in Oklahoma, Animation and Comedy Shorts and Documentaries, Made in Oklahoma and Comedy Features. All films must be expected to be rated G or PG and eligible to be aired on Public Television. No foul language or strong sexual content.

Shorts are under 30 minutes and Features are over 30 minutes.

College Students Shorts under 30 minutes. Must be a registered student at Submission.

There will be two categories for children's shorts. Ages 15-18 and 14 and under. Submissions must be under 30 minutes. Age category figured at the date of Submission.

All submissions must be approved to show on Public Television to be qualified. Films with strong language or strong sexual content may not be accepted for Public Television viewing. WRMPF reserves the right to determine qualification of any submission. Films must be G or PG.

Films must be submitted by digital file (.mp4, .mov). Finalists may submit any promotional materials, posters, flyers, etc and items will be distributed around town, used in promos and will not be returned.

Films in language other than English must include English subtitles.

To qualify as an "Oklahoma film", at least 50% of the film must be shot on a set or location within Oklahoma.

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All submissions must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2020 to qualify. Previously submitted films to the Festival are ineligible.

Multiple category submissions are allowed, but fee must be paid for each category submission. Please submit the film separately for each category submitted.

All entry Fees are non-refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received and notification of results. These fees must be paid during the entry process.

By entering the WILL ROGERS MOTION PICTURE FESTIVAL (WRMPF) competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless the WILL ROGERS MOTION PICTURE FESTIVAL, Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, owners, employees, associated Boards of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival.

The submitter acknowledges that WRMPF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner and further represents and warrants that the Material is original, that the submitter has the right and authority to submit the Material to WRMPF on the foregoing terms and conditions, each and all of which shall be binding on the submitter, his/her agents, heirs, successors, licensees and assigns.

SUBMITTER, IF YOUR FILM(S) IS SELECTED, YOU'LL RECEIVE TWO (2) FREE ALL ACCESS PASSES, which includes most activities during the Festival including the Kickoff Party, film blocks, Red Carpet Gala and the Dog Irons Awards Ceremony. All Selected Films will be in the consideration for winning their category, which will be announced at The Dog Irons.

Overall Rating
  • Victoria Sutton

    This is my second time as a semi-finalist and I am always delighted to be recognized by this festival. They are one of the best to make all of the submitters feel welcome, give out free tickets to watch the festival online (it works well) and in person, and the communication is excellents.

    January 2023
  • Nanette Kelley

    Thank you, it was a wonderful festival, very relaxed yet very well run, and entertaining!

    November 2022
  • Illumination Cinema

    We had a fantastic time with our visit to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival. Taking place in the Will Rogers Museum, the venue was a lot of fun. In between blocks, we got to explore the museum itself, which was great as well. The staff did an excellent job of making us feel welcome. The whole trip was an excellent experience.

    May 2022
  • Kevin McAfee

    Tad Jones was amazing and Lea as he co-founder made sure entire experience wonderful. We felt so honored to be present and are making a covenant to do everything we can to help the name of Will Rogers to become more known to the world.

    November 2021
  • Great community, great energy, great festival. Thank you for this experience!

    November 2021