The little Film Festival That Could is back: The Made in Arkansas Film Festival will hold our 4th annual event at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater from May 13-15, 2022!

MIAFF is dedicated to supporting Arkansas film and filmmakers. We're looking for films from all over the state, in any genre. Whether you've made a comedy, a drama, a horror film, an animated film, a music video, an experimental film, you name it: We want to see it! We accept short films, feature films, and microshorts (1-5 mins. in length).

If you're an Arkansas filmmaker, we'd be proud to have you submit your film. We also accept films by "Arkansans abroad": if you're from here, or were educated here, or your mama lives here, you may submit as an Arkansas Connection. And if you're a filmmaker from a neighboring state (TN, MO, MS, LA, TX, OK), we welcome your film as a Regional Submission.

Awards will include Best Arkansas-Made Film (short or feature), Best Microshort, Best Student Film, Best Regional Submission, Audience Favorite, and Best of Fest.

Submissions open on November 1. We can't wait to see what you've been working on - and we REALLY can't wait to see you in person in May!

Best Arkansas Made Short Film
Best Arkansas Made Student Film
Best Arkansas Made Feature Film
Audience Favorite
Best Regional Film (Non-Arkansas)
Best Micro-Short (1-5 Min)
Best of Fest

**A film cannot win in more than one category.

LENGTH OF FILM: Short films: 6-44 minutes in length. Feature films: 45+ min. in length. Microshorts: 1-5 minutes in length.

For the 2022 Festival, we will accept films that were completed on or after May of 2018. While newer films may be given priority, ALL submitted films will be given serious consideration. Please note that a newer film will not be given consideration over an older film based on age alone.

WORKS IN PROGRESS: We accept works in progress. In your film description on FilmFreeway, please indicate that your film is a work in progress. If your film is accepted, you must have the digital link to the final version submitted to FilmFreeway by April 24th at midnight. There will be no exceptions.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Only digital online screener submissions will be accepted using FilmFreeway's digital submission process (Vimeo, FilmFreeway, Google Drive, or a Dropbox link). PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL LINKS TO YOUR FILM. Only screeners with links in FilmFreeway will be considered.

You may submit more than one film. Each submission must be accompanied by its own entry form and entry fee.

Films may have distribution.

All films selected for screening will require an H264 (MPEG/4) file.

All submissions are final. No refunds will be given.

Notification of selection for screening at the Made in Arkansas Film Festival will be made approximately 2-4 weeks prior to the screening date.

PREMIERE STATUS: No premiere status. By submitting your film to MIAFF, you attest that your film is not published for view online, either through your own platforms or by any streaming service. Any submitted films that are published online following submission will be disqualified.

SELECTED FILMS: All films selected for screening will be required to have the following on their film's FilmFreeway submission: one still from the film; a short description (1-2 sentences) of the film, and a trailer if available. These items will be sourced through the FilmFreeway film pages. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THESE MATERIALS. If you have not supplied these materials with your submission, you will need to upload them upon acceptance of your film to the festival.

COPYRIGHTS: It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to obtain all necessary copyrights. By submitting the film, you maintain that you have obtained all necessary rights for public exhibition.

LICENSE: Upon submitting their film, the Entrant grants Made in Arkansas a non-exclusive, royalty-free license for use for screening virtually or 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
  • Arkansas is home. Being able to watch this festival from my current address in California, and see Arkansan films was a privilege I would have never known possible. We as a community had to adjust to online because of Covid, though it would have been great to go in-person, I'm glad it was not canceled and the event went online. I love the hard work they put into doing it, and it is going to be even better in the next year.

    May 2021
  • Josh Baxter

    This was a great festival, especially considering the challenges of Covid-19 this year. The festival staff was able to screen films and create an exciting online environment, overcoming technical issues on the fly. I'm glad we were able to enjoy the Made In Arkansas films this year and look forward to other events in the future. Well done!

    May 2021
  • Lauren McCullough

    The staff/crew made it as accessible and exciting as possible for a virtual event...the build up, the screenings, the interaction, the selection. Stellar. Even through technical difficulties, they stayed classy and even "made it right" and re-screened the films that were affected by the technical glitches. A good variety of quality films and overall the experience was 2 thumbs up.

    May 2021
  • Excited to be part of what's brewing in AR. Thank you Made in Arkansas; can't wait to see y'all in person!

    May 2021
  • My experience with Made in Arkansas was wonderful! They were very adaptable to the limitations of the current pandemic, very communicative, and overall very kind and helpful.

    July 2020