The Prairie Lights Film Festival is held at the historic Grand Theatre in Grand Island, Nebraska. The festival is dedicated to Nebraska made films and Nebraska filmmakers. Now in its seventh year, the PLFF has hosted some of the finest films by Nebraskans, including Alexander Payne (Nebraska, About Schmidt) and Jon Bokenkamp (NBC's The Blacklist) along with showcasing up and coming talent such as Emmy winning director Patrick Rea.

Non competitive. We don't believe in pitting filmmakers against each other. Our festival is just a showcase and it is our intention to put as many films as we can on a historic big screen and bring the magic of the movies to low budget filmmakers.

Note: WE DO NOT ACCEPT FOREIGN FILMS! Submissions MUST be by Nebraska filmmakers or made in the state of Nebraska. This film festival is dedicated to films from Nebraska. Please provide information regarding how your film relates to Nebraska. Without it, your film will be disqualified.

The Prairie Lights Film Festival accepts any and all films, be they short films, music videos, feature lengths, art, comedy, horror, and everything in between. We put no restrictions on content. However, this is a festival devoted to Nebraska made films and/or Nebraska born filmmakers. Only films created by Nebraska filmmakers (be they in state or out of state) will be considered.

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  • I have film students involved in this Festival. Beautiful venue. Awesome little town with great kitschy restaurants. So, much fun. This should be part of your festival circuit if you are from NE, SD, or IA.

    October 2018
  • Excellent festival, great communication with programmers, hosted in a beautiful cinema, very high quality picture and sound, great filmmaker mixers and events, really a gem all around. Very grateful to have been a part of this.

    October 2018
  • Michaela Wadzinski

    While I was not able to attend Prairie Lights the communication with the staff was delightful! They were very accommodating and clear. I love that they are supporting Nebraskan filmmakers

    October 2018
  • Peter O'Brien

    This festival is great for people with ties to Nebraska. Very well organized and unprecedented value. PLFF really puts the focus on the films and filmmakers.

    May 2018
  • Tom Knoblauch

    The Prairie Lights Film Festival is great, supportive environment for small Nebraska films.

    January 2017