Rooted in the culture of creative freedom of Lawrence, Kansas; the Free State Film Festival brings artists and audiences together to exchange ideas through the shared experiences of film, art and music.

Highlights of the 2016 Free State Festival included the films MORRIS FROM AMERICA, THE FITS, NUTS!, CHI-RAQ and featured guests Maria Bamford, Public Enemy, JD McPherson and Jad Abumrad.

In 2017, the Free State Film Festival will present the very best in streamlined programming with a celebration of independent films from the international film festival circuit, local films, on stage music and live comedy from June 29 - July 2.

Rules & Terms


- The filmmaker must secure all rights, licenses, clearances and releases necessary for exhibition.

-The Free State Film Festival will consider work-in-progress. Filmmakers must deliver final format for Festival screening.

If your film or video is accepted for screening by the Free State Festival, you agree to and understand the following:

FORMAT: You agree to provide the festival an exhibition copy of the entry on the format indicated on the entry form.

SHIPPING: You are responsible for the arrangements and cost of shipping the exhibition copy to the Free State Festival.

LOSS & DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films, videos and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, The Free State Festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.

2 Reviews

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    Savannah Rodgers

    Marlo and the FSF team work extraordinarily hard to provide a great atmosphere for filmmakers and artists at the fest. It also should be noted Free State Festival's short block screening was PACKED! If you are selected, you'll have an engaged audience with a thoughtful Q&A. Lawrence is also a great festival town. They bring in great folks to network with as well. Couldn't recommend enough!

    July 2017
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    Eric Hyde

    Halfway through the festival year - no lie - my proudest screening. Minor issues with projection screen, but fantastic audio and projection. This festival will hold a special place in my heart forever.

    July 2017