Due to the unfortunate events of the COVID-19 Pandemic, The second annual MIAFF will be virtual and the dates will now be May 26-30, 2020. The final submission deadline has been pushed to May 1st!

The second annual Made in Arkansas Film Festival is devoted to showcasing films made in The Natural State. By filmmakers for filmmakers, Made in Arkansas is dedicated to cultivating and promoting the art of filmmaking. Filmmakers from all corners of the state have their films screened at the beautiful state-of-the-art CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

Our inaugural festival was a big success because it provided an opportunity for filmmakers to gather, swap ideas, support each other's work, and network for future projects. This year we're expanding to accept submissions from filmmakers with an Arkansas connection, and to filmmakers in neighboring states. (Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and The Carolinas.)

We're looking for a wide variety of films and will be accepting short and feature-length films. We welcome submissions of animation, documentaries, comedies, dramas, music videos, experimental films, and everything in between - whatever you're making, we want to see it!

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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Best Arkansas Made Short Film
Best Arkansas Made Student Film
Audience Award Best Overall Arkansas Film
Best Southern Film (Non-Arkansas)

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

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

*IF you are from Arkansas and you've produced a project elswhere, you're invited to submit too. Please state which town or area you're from.

*We're also accepting films from Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and The Carolina's.

*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 second year of MIAFF we will be accepting films completed after May 2016. 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
  • A lot of festivals have been struggling to make the transition to virtual events this year with COVID-19, and while Made in Arkansas had some technical hiccups at first, they were quickly ironed out and they graciously made up for them on behalf of the affected films. Audience was active and engaged and communication and promotion from festival leadership was great throughout. A great local festival for Arkansas.

    June 2020
  • Clayton Henderson

    The festival directors did a fantastic job converting this festival into a virtual festival. Opening night technical issues did not deter these guys and gals! Communication was wonderful throughout the whole week. I cannot wait to participate in the festival next year!

    June 2020
  • Austin McEuen

    This festival is an absolute blast! So much energy from the audience, the venue is great, the festival organizers are super friendly, and the film selections are great! An overall wonderful festival!

    September 2019
  • 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