The third 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.

During our second year, we had to play it safe and take our festival virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are excited to say it was a major success! For our third year, we plan on returning to the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock for our screenings.

Once again, we'll be accepting films from our neighboring states. Please look closely at the submission option for regional films. If you have a connection to Arkansas, please look at the Arkansas connection option as well.

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! Our WTF Block has been the hit of the festival! If you have something experimental, schlocky, and genre-bending on a B-Film level, we want to see it!

This year, we'll be supporting micro-shorts and we will be giving out an award for Best Micro-Short Film. To qualify, it must be between 1-5 min in length. We'll also be recognizing Direction, a performance by an actor and actress, cinematography, and screenplay.

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

**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. This film should be submitted under ARKANSAS CONNECTION.

*We give out the award for Best Regional Film, so if you have a film made in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and The Carolina's, please submit under REGIONAL SUBMISSION. (This will include regional student films as well)

*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 the necessary rights for the exhibition.

*COMPLETION DATE: For the third year of MIAFF we will be accepting films completed after May 2017. 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 Status.

*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 a 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 the 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 an H264 file please contact us. For features, H264, DCP, & Blu-rays are acceptable for the 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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