For the past five years, our small team of volunteers has loved bringing film and visitors to Emporia—but life is moving fast for all of us, and we can no longer devote the necessary time and energy that it takes to put on a quality festival. To that end, we have made the difficult decision to step away from No Coast Film Fest and discontinue the festival for the time being. Should circumstances change, you just may see us again in the future.

Thank you to the filmmakers who trusted us with their stories, both deeply personal and wildly inventive — we have seen some truly stellar shorts in this year's submissions, and we know they'll go on to find fantastic homes at other festivals. Thank you to the audiences who came out year after year to support the filmmakers and our team; it means more to us than you know. Finally, thank you to Emporia and the myriad organizations and small businesses that helped us put on the best festival we could.

Submissions are now closed. If you have already submitted your film for consideration, please be assured we have begun processing refunds (in batches as allowed by our bank) and the amount should be credited back to you in a few days.

Any questions can be sent to

Thank you,
The No Coast Film Fest Team

Grand Jury Prize
Audience Award
Kraken Award for the most unexpected short
Best Student Film

All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 20 minutes. 
The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).

By submitting your film, you agree that: 
1. No Coast Film Fest can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purposes. 
2. Entry fees are non-refundable. 
3. You have the right to use images, footage, music, people, and assets included in your film.

No Coast Film Fest does not accept the following:
1. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations. 
2. Films that are released before 2018. 
3. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, or video resolution less than 1080p HD).

No Coast Film Fest 2023 © All Rights Reserved.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for having our film GHANIMAH screen this year, we are very grateful to have been a part of your festival.

    October 2023
  • We were so happy to premiere our short film THE UNIFORM at No Coast in August. Great people, excellent films and lots of fun the whole weekend long... Rosalie, Johnny and Josh really go out of their way to create a warm, welcoming and un-pretentious environment and it gives this smaller festival a really big heart. Couldn't have been happier. And we were lucky enough to go home with the 2023 Kraken Award. Definitely worth the trip and we hope to be back with the next film!

    September 2023
  • Sally Pitts

    Loved screening our film at No Coast! We felt really welcome and had some great opportunities to meet other amazing filmmakers. The venue was stunning and Emporia is a beautiful town. Felt lucky to see so many quality films and be there for the event. Would definitely recommend this festival as they are very supportive of filmmakers!

    September 2023
  • Laura Frenzer

    Great Fest! Thank you Rosalie and crew for an amazing time! This festival really knows how to take care of filmmakers - met so many incredible artists form all over the world. Beautiful venue too!

    September 2023
  • James Werner

    The people organizing this festival were so helpful and excited to show my film. A really unique and up and coming festival. I'm very grateful I got to be apart of it :.)

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, James!