Our Mission
Dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of independent film, we showcase the art and power of storytelling worldwide and gather communities to share diverse cultures, viewpoints and conversation. With support from our many community partners, we celebrate independent film as the rich, cultural, economic and educational asset it is.

Our story
It was the creative combination of great friendships, local film lovers, filmmakers and Hollywood talent that lead to the first Kansas International Film Festival nearly two decades ago. Back then, the goal was to bring the diversity of film to the Heartland while celebrating Kansas City’s vibrant local film community. Today the festival is that and more, screening more than 100 films annually with submissions from more than 50 countries worldwide.

The KIFF Experience
Filmmakers from around the world submit their work and attend our festival because of its storied history and reputation for celebrating filmmakers with Midwestern roots and beyond.
While KIFF attracts Academy Award-winning films, provides major networking opportunities and large events drawing community awareness, the festival never loses site of its roots, which are the local art, music and film communities that support each other.
In celebration of those connections, KIFF features local talent annually during the festival with our KIFF Local series and other featured programming at the Glenwood Arts Theatre throughout the year.

The festival has grown from just a few hundred filmgoers to thousands over the past 17 years with a wide range of guests and celebrities attending, including Actor and activist, Ed Asner, horror filmmaker George Romero, special effects wizard Tom Savini, experimental filmmakers Guy Maddin, Barbara Hammer and Stan Brakhage, executive director of Women Make Movies

Awards & Prizes

Jury Awards: KIFF is proud to present Jury Awards for the best Social Justice Documentary ,Best Feature Narrative Film, Best Animation. The five award finalists in each category are listed in the festival program, and winners will be announced at the Filmmaker Recognition Brunch on Sunday, November 5th at 10:30 a.m.

Cash Awards ($250.00) both Documentary and Narrative Jury Award Winners

Audience Awards: Audience participation at its best. Audience members vote for their favorite Narrative and Documentary Films. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 13th.

Rules & Terms

Liability: In case of loss or damage to theatrical print, the Festival is limited to compensating the producer or distributor for the cost of replacing the lost or damaged footage.

Consent: Participation in the Kansas International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of festival regulations.

The festival accepts exhibition formats: Blu-Ray Preferred, DVD

1. The number, times, dates and locations of screenings of films are at the discretion of the Kansas International Film Festival. By entering the festival and if you film is selected, you are giving the Kansas International Film Festival permission to play your film. The film can not be withdrawn.

2. The print supplier will be responsible for the cost of shipment to the Festival. The Festival will return the print postage prepaid to the address provided by the supplier on the final acceptance contract. If you have a change of address, please contact us immediately to assure the safe return of your print.

3. The Kansas International Film Festival provides insurance for loss or damage up to a maximum value of $200 or the cost of replacement (whichever is less).

4. The Kansas International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize a clip not to exceed 90 seconds in length from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

11 Reviews

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    Bob Celli

    Sorry to say that I was unable to attend the festival, but the communication was fantastic! We were so honored to be part of line up. This festival consistently puts together strong blocks of film. These people love film and honor the filmmakers. We look forward to submitting again and attending in the future.

    November 2017
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    Mak Abdel-Hai

    I truly enjoyed my time at Kansas film festival. The Organizers' passion for film and support for filmmakers is wonderful to see. They have a loyal fanbase and a sense of community. It was great to attend the screening of my film at this year's festival. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers and audience.

    November 2017
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    John Gomez

    The passion that the organizers of this festival have for filmmaking pervades every aspect of this event! I was very impressed by all of their selections and, in particular, the short blocks were among the strongest that I have seen at any film festival. They also have a very loyal fan base who come out to support the festival. This same group participates in screenings and discussions throughout the year so they are TRUELY film lovers. They love to have visiting filmmakers and give you top-notch treatment. The screenings take place in these fantastically restored theaters which will make you nostalgic. Lastly, they have some of the coolest marketing materials around!

    November 2017
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    Lightning Mitchell

    We were very thankful that we had the opportunity to put our documentary film in the Kansas International Film Festival. It was a great film festival and well organized. We met some great people and some great friends. So I encourage all film makers add this one to your list for next year. If you desire good exposure and would love to meet and associate with other great film makers like yourself don't miss the Kansas International Film Festival next year.

    November 2017
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    Naythan Smith

    2017 was my first year in attendance and I'm glad I went. The staff and volunteers are wonderful and screening in a movie theatre is a special kind of experience. They hosted a brief Q&A after our screening, which is always good. Overall, KIFF is an excellent festival.

    November 2017