The Second Annual MIFF and Competition will be held March 20-22, 2020, and it is the perfect festival for new and experienced film directors! Categories will include Documentary, Narrative Feature, Short, Documentary Short, Experimental, & Student categories. And - introducing- The Thomas N. King Award for the best overall film at this year's festival! New this year is our animated film category!

This year's featured celebrity guests are actress Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock, Brian Banks) and producer/director Spencer T. Folmar (Shooting Heroin).

A collaboration of film makers, industry professionals, independent storytellers, students, and local talent will converge upon Mansfield’s creative scene for a Texas-sized cinematic explosion. This will be an opportunity for local "Mansfielders" and out of town guests to experience fascinating short films, intriguing panel guests, celebrity appearances, and exciting award celebrations all in red carpet styled fashion. Festival guests will be thrilled to enjoy the multitude of attractions within walking distance of the historical Farr Best Theater, as well as the city's close proximity to Six Flags Texas, AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys), the world-famous Arlington Improv Comedy Club, world renowned museums and shopping...and so much more!

The MIFF is designed and destined to be an event that will help shape the classy yet entertaining reputation of the great city of Mansfield!

Each category will feature a First place winner. All directors selected to the film festival will be invited to a private VIP networking event, where you will have the chance to meet the esteemed directors & panelists, as well as our celebrity guest for the fesitval!

The management of Mansfield International Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.
MIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants the Mansfield International Film Festival the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of March 20-22, 2020.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Mansfield International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
Entries that are incomplete or unavailable for screening prior to March 1, 2020 must be pulled, or the film will be screened as entered.
The management of MIFF reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations.
Filmmakers whose films are accepted for competition will be notified by email by approximately February 15, 2020.
All the privileges due filmmakers will be specified in this correspondence.
Each accepted film is entitled to one (1) VIP pass, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at the Festival.
These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in clear view. Passes are not sent by mail but must be picked up in person at the designated Festival site.
MIFF promotes the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, programs, and radio. MIFF encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press, and the general public.
For entries selected to the competition, an exhibition print or video of the film in proper format (Bluray, MP4, MOV) must be received by MIFF no later than February 1, 2020. Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from competition.
Filmmakers may not install banners or posters at the theaters without the official authorization of MIFF.

Overall Rating
  • JJ Perez

    Had a lot of fun at the First Annual Mansfield International Film Festival. Great people, great films and a beautiful theater! They were able to bring along Anthony Michael Hall as a guest to the event and we had a lot of fun talking with him. There was your average 1st year growing pains of course but with all the other positives it didn’t really matter much. Highly recommend the Festival and I can’t wait to see what future years hold for them:)

    February 2020
  • Mansfield's first year was tremendous. Set in a historic theater, landing one of my favorite actors as a guest, with great involvement from local business and good media presence, it was a great inaugural event. Some things to work on would be better organizing communication and slotting the networking events separate, without overlapping the films, so everyone can attend. I will certainly be back!

    March 2019