Rooted in the culture of creative freedom of Lawrence, Kansas; the Free State Film Festival brings artists and audiences together to exchange ideas through the shared experiences of film, art and music.

Highlights of the 2016 Free State Festival included the films MORRIS FROM AMERICA, THE FITS, NUTS!, CHI-RAQ and featured guests Maria Bamford, Public Enemy, JD McPherson and Jad Abumrad.

In 2017, the Free State Film Festival will present the very best in streamlined programming with a celebration of independent films from the international film festival circuit, local films, on stage music and live comedy from June 29 - July 2.

Rules & Terms


- The filmmaker must secure all rights, licenses, clearances and releases necessary for exhibition.

-The Free State Film Festival will consider work-in-progress. Filmmakers must deliver final format for Festival screening.

If your film or video is accepted for screening by the Free State Festival, you agree to and understand the following:

FORMAT: You agree to provide the festival an exhibition copy of the entry on the format indicated on the entry form.

SHIPPING: You are responsible for the arrangements and cost of shipping the exhibition copy to the Free State Festival.

LOSS & DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films, videos and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, The Free State Festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.