The inaugural Made in Arkansas Film Festival hosted by CALS Ron Robinson Theater is devoted to showcasing films made in The Natural State from a wide variety of filmmakers in all corners of the state and to giving local filmmakers the opportunity to have their films shown at the beautiful state-of-the-art CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

We would like a wide variety of films and will be accepting submissions of animation, documentaries, comedies, dramas, music videos, experimental films, and everything in between!

We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on, and we hope to see you at this year’s festival!

Please read the "Rules & Terms" listed below before submitting. Thank you!
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Audience Award Best Short Film
Audience Award Best Student Film
Audience Award Best Overall Arkansas Film
**A film cannot win in more than one category.

*At least 75% of the film must have been shot in the state of Arkansas. If requested proof will be required.

*Short films:1-44 mins in length. Feature-length: 45+ mins in length

*Works-in-progress will be accepted, please indicate in your film description on FilmFreeway that your film is a work in progress. However, if accepted to screen at MIAFF the final version will need to be turned in to the festival at least 14 days before the before Opening Day of MIAFF.

*Only digital online screener submissions will be accepted using FilmFreeway’s digital submission process (Vimeo/YouTube links). Please do not send email us links to your film, only screeners, links submitted via FilmFreeway will be viewed.

*More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted with its own entry form and fee.

*It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to obtain all necessary copyrights. By submitting the film you maintain you have obtained all necessary rights for exhibition.

*COMPLETION DATE: For the first year of MIAFF we will be accepting films completed after May 2015. Newer films may be given priority, however, serious consideration will be given to ALL film submissions. Also, please note, just because a film is newer does not guarantee selection over a film that is older.

*PREMIERE STATUS: No premiere requirement.

*Films may have distribution.

*All submissions are final. No refunds.

*Notification of Official Selections will be approximately 2-4 weeks before the screening date.

*All accepted films will be required to have the following on their films FilmFreeway submission; one film still, a short description of the film (1-2 sentences), and trailer (if available). These items will be sourced via the FilmFreeway film pages. Please do not email us this information. If these items are not on the submission at time of acceptance please upload ASAP after the film is accepted.

*All short films must be submitted via secure online screeners. If chosen to screen an H264 file will be required for short films. If your short film will be anything other than H264 file please contact us. For features, H264, DCP, & Blu-rays are acceptable for exhibition.

*The entrant grants Made in Arkansas a non-exclusive, royalty-free license for use for screening before a live audience, and to publish excerpts in print or electronic media to promote the event in any and all media. The filmmaker must secure all rights and clearances.

Overall Rating
  • Jimmy Westmoreland

    Great communication, great atmosphere, and great screening facilities! I'd highly, highly recommend this festival. And this was the first one. I can't wait to see how they expand next year. Oh, and ticket prices were uncommonly affordable, which allows for more audience. All around positive experience.

    May 2019
  • Tanesa Kassa

    Very Great for the first year! I see potential in the upcoming years to come!

    May 2019
  • Scott McEntire

    Great job in festival’s first year. Lots of communication in and out from the festival in a timely manner. Film lineup was strong, tickets were beyond reasonable, and the screen quality at the venue was second to none. Times imposed by the venue limited networking but still an awesome start for the festival!

    May 2019