The Outlaw Film Festival challenges creative filmmakers to take the trail less traveled — to explore the lives of the disenfranchised, the broken, and the outcast. When you think of the outlaw, think of the stories that need to be told. The Outlaw Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit completed films that answer the question: What does it mean to be an outlaw? And we’re not just talking about a stand-off in the wild west — tell us stories of any character who goes against the grain. Outlaw films explore the theme of being just outside the boundaries; facing challenges and not just the bad guys. We want the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Outlaw Film Festival accepts short films (35 minutes maximum), music videos & television commercials and takes place each November in historic St. Joseph, Missouri. It is our mission to celebrate film makers from all over the world, while giving our local film makers and residents a place to come together and appreciate the art of making movies. Our Executive Committee is made up of movie critics, film makers, local business owners and educators.

Awards & Prizes

We award trophies in multiple categories.

Rules & Terms

We accept both narrative and documentary films, under 35 minutes in length. We also have a Music Video category and a Television Commercial category. We have seperate awards for High School filmmakers (and 2017 graduates). We also have a category specifically for local filmmakers (living within a 100 mile radius of St. Joseph, MO)

8 Reviews

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    David George

    This was an outstanding experience for my young film-makers! The Outlaw Film Festival does an excellent job of showcasing local, national, and international films. The organizers go out of their way to make it fun, creative, and worthy event. Highly recommended.

    July 2017
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    Erin Brown

    I really enjoyed being part of this festival last year - it's one I intend to submit to as often as I can. They work very hard to make it a great event for everyone.

    May 2017
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    Eric Romero

    One of the best festivals I've been part of. They care very much about the filmmakers and their films and always go the extra mile.

    April 2017
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    Jill Gevargizian

    Outlaw was incredibly warm and welcoming. They promoted the festival and communicated very well.

    November 2016
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    Vis Vitalis

    I was very glad to be a part of this happening ). Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the festival, but I left a very good impression from the correspondence with the organizers and the team. Many thanks to Team for what you do for independent filmmakers and best wishes to the festival at all!

    November 2016