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 to be shown at the Festival...

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 6th 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.

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 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, 2018 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
  • Great support, look forward to attending in person next year!

    November 2020
  • Impressive lineup of guest presenters for the virtual awards ceremony! Honored to have our film represented in this festival.

    November 2020
  • Jim Menza

    Great communication! Worth every penny!

    November 2020
  • Sam Brown

    Will Rogers is a fantastic festival! This year's festival, although virtual, had an amazing program. I hope to be back at this fest in coming years!

    November 2020
  • Maureen M. Miller

    The Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival was fantastic all the way around! Excellent communication, professional team and outstanding presentation. The virtual Festival was handled perfectly. Awards ceremony was great and access to all films a definite plus! It was a great honor having my short films screened at the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival. I would highly recommend and will be submitting again.

    November 2020