Submissions are now being accepted for the Ozark Foothills FilmFest, an eclectic celebration of the cinema arts that takes place each spring in the rolling hills of the Ozark foothills. It is one of extremely few film festivals taking place in a truly rural community. The festival screens narrative and documentary films of all lengths, as well as curated foreign language films and rediscovered American classics. Opportunities for artist/audience interaction include a panel discussion titled "Reel Rural: Rural America in Independent Film," post-screening Q&As, informal filmmaker chats, and a filmmaker welcoming reception.

The 2019 FilmFest takes place April 18-20 and April 26-27 in Batesville, Arkansas, located about 100 miles north of Little Rock and 130 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee.

The festival has received annual funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for fifteen consecutive years and was twice honored with Film Festival Grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Special consideration is given to films that reflect rural concerns, lifestyles, and sensibilities. All revenue generated from entry fees is allocated to competition prizes and to providing lodging and travel support for visiting filmmakers.

Cash prizes and hand-thrown ceramic trophies are awarded for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, and Best Documentary Short.

Submission to the Ozark Foothills FilmFest (OFFF) constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, and permission to exhibit the work during the festival if selected. Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to OFFF, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to screen the work at the festival. OFFF reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of any work submitted. Eligible works must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

Entrants shall indemnify and hold harmless the Ozark Foothills FilmFest 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 must be submitted digitally online using FilmFreeway’s digital submission process. Submissions should include the title, filmmaker name(s) and contact information, running time, entry category, and filmmaker FilmFreeway tracking code. Please also indicate if your film is an Arkansas premiere (not required for inclusion in the festival).

Selected filmmakers will be asked to provide promotional material including a short synopsis, filmmaker bio, cast and crew credits, a high resolution print quality still, and a link to an online trailer, if available.

Overall Rating
  • Barry Cobbs

    Ozark Foothills FilmFest has a small but enthusiastic audience and a welcoming, appreciative staff. The smaller size gave me the chance to mix with the audience and have in-depth Q&A on my film. Everyone on the staff knew me before I got there, made me feel welcome and, greatest of all, had seen my film and wanted to know more about it.

    May 2018
  • Eddy Harris

    Fabulous small-town festival in a beautiful part of the country. Come by car and explore. The rural area AND the rural focus of the festival deserve a lot more attention.

    May 2018
  • Tanner Smith

    I love Ozark Foothills FilmFest! You go to this festival and see some great down-to-earth entertainment, and you feel comfortable in the festival's setting! It's a great festival and I enjoy coming every year.

    May 2017
  • Kyle Kleinecke

    I had an incredible time attending the small yet wonderful Ozark Foothills FilmFest. The festival organizers are very hospitable and really care about the guests and filmmakers. They focus greatly on rural filmmaking which is uncommon in most festivals. I highly recommend submitting and attending this festival!

    April 2017
  • Tracy Facelli

    Wonderful Fest. They really appreciate the filmmaker and great stories at this one. I would go back anytime.

    February 2017