No Coast Film Fest is committed to promoting the short film genre by bringing together established and first-time filmmakers from Kansas and all over the world in a forum to celebrate the short film genre.

Running at the historic Granada Theatre in Emporia, Kansas, we screen both Award-winning short films from the international film festival circuit and new discoveries alike.

We enable filmmakers to meet their audience, and for dialogue to happen. We support and provide a platform for filmmakers who might not otherwise have an opportunity to show their films in Kansas. We help them build new audiences and expose their work to both young people exploring the world through film for the first time and to veteran movie lovers.


No Coast Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any submitted film that is accepted for exhibition at No Coast Film Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual(s) or corporation(s) 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(s) or corporation(s) submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless No Coast 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.

This agreement shall be governed by Kansas law. Should any court determine and declare that any portion of this agreement is void, voidable, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions and portions shall remain in full force and effect.

Any dispute, controversy, interpretation, or claim of any kind arising out of, from, or related to this agreement, or the events and services provided in relation to this agreement shall be submitted to mediation prior to filing suit.

Should your film be accepted, No Coast Film Fest will retain a copy of the film for our festival library. This request is voluntary and is not conditional. The copy of the film in the NCFF library will not be used for profit. Should we consider re-screening the film for a public paid event, we will notify individuals or corporations representing the film for permission and conditions.

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
  • No Coast Film Festival is pure community joy! What a gem nestled in small town USA. No Coast Film Festival has so much to offer from an amazing historical theater for screenings, an amazing Filmmakers lounge and swag bag to the only local treasure hunt festival experience I've ever seen to encourage local business and filmmaker fun. The team is incredible with communication and their passion for bringing a top notch film festival to the Emporia community and beyond is spectacular to experience. Thank you No Coast Film Festival for a wonderful experience and making Assaman part of your Official Selection 2022. Winning the Audience Choice Award was the special icing on the cake for us!

    November 2022
  • Adrian Todd Zuniga

    No Coast Film Festival was a treat. Clear communication, and they made everyone of the filmmakers that went to Emporia feel welcome, and it was a thrill to be an Official Selection. When my next short's ready for the big screen, I'll definitely be knocking on their door.

    September 2022
  • LaKase Cousino

    The No Coast Film Fest was outstanding! I got to share my short documentary Land of the Conqueroo and it was a beautiful experience. I hope I can return in the future!

    September 2022
  • Illumination Cinema

    No Coast is a wonderful short film festival that screens many fantastic shorts from all over and has also served as a wonderful place for Kansas filmmakers to show off their work. The venue is absolutely gorgeous, making screenings well worth attending!
    Definitely consider No Coast when submitting your short film!

    May 2022
  • No Coast was hands down one of the best festival experiences I've had to date. Communication was consistent and clear throughout the entire process and the entire crew was extremely hospitable when I arrived in Kansas from California. They constantly checked in to ensure I was enjoying myself and even gave me a ride to the airport at the end of my stay (over an hour drive).
    In addition to the crew, the networking opportunities were great as there were social events every night after the last screenings. I enjoyed connecting with other filmmakers at venues like Mulready's Pub and Twin Rivers Winery among others.
    Lastly, the Granada Theater was a fun and beautiful venue for the screenings. It enhanced the experience ten-fold and gave the fest a classic feel. To top things off, I even got a complimentary screen-printed shirt outside of the theater.
    Overall, this festival blew me away for only being 3 years old. It was far more professional and put-together than some festivals over twice its age. I definitely intend to submit again!

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the stellar review Niko! We had a blast with you here and hope to see you, and more of your work, again!