21st Annual

Kansas City FilmFest

April 05, 2017 to April 09, 2017

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4741 Central, #306
Kansas City MO 64112

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Narrative Short
Narrative (fiction) films of 40 minutes or less from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Narrative Feature
Narrative (fiction) films greater than 40 minutes in length, from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Documentary Feature
Documentary films greater than 40 minutes in length, from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Documentary Short
Documentary films of 40 minutes or less minutes from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Heartland Student Short
Student films of 40 minutes or less in any genre: animation, documentary, narrative, fiction from * Kansas or Missouri.
KCWIFT Short Screenplay Contest
Kansas City Women in Film & Television and Kansas City FilmFest Short are holding their sixth annual short screenplay competition. The goals are to support female screenwriters, as well as to encourage all writers to create strong female protagonists. The contest winners will be eligible to receive prizes that support these goals.


The Kansas City FilmFest unites educational, cultural and film organizations in a celebration of independent filmmaking. Each year the festival builds on its tradition of bringing inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining films to Kansas City audiences and offers opportunities for artists and filmmakers to network, and develop their craft and art. KCFF encourages filmmakers to attend the festival so they can have the opportunity to interact and engage with our great Kansas City audiences!


Kansas City FilmFest is a festival of juried films, seminars, panels, special events and parties. It's a collaborative, multi-day, annual cultural event designed to celebrate the creativity and hard work of independent filmmakers from around the world! A mix of local, national and international award winning films are screened over a period of 5 days.

Over the years, our visiting filmmakers let us know how much they've enjoyed screening for, and interacting with, our engaged and enthusiastic audiences! Filmmakers planning on attending should notify Kansas City FilmFest as soon as possible, so their names may be listed in the scheduled program with their film to be in attendance.

Visiting Filmmakers, Jurors and Special Guests will be invited to attend a fantastic Kansas City experience- complimentary KC BBQ , and tour of the American Jazz Museum and Negro League Baseball Museum.

Seminars with local and national film professionals are held on various aspects of filmmaking. Visiting filmmakers, industry professionals and Kansas City audience members socialize at special events and parties throughout the festival.

Women Making Movies is a sidebar during the festival that focuses on the unique contributions of women making films. Top women film professionals share their experiences and work through film programs, seminars and panel discussions.

Final Jurors for KC FilmFest 2017 will come from a selection of industry professionals in filmmaking, distribution, film media, and festival programmers from Sundance, AFI Silverdocs, Slamdance, SXSW and more.

If your film is selected for Kansas City FilmFest:
--Filmmakers will be invited to Kansas City with two VIP passes per film, some meals, ground transportation to/from the MCI Airport, and invited to attend the Uniquely Kansas City Tour
--Your film may screen up to two times
--Films are placed in competitive and non-competitive categories at discretion of KCFilmFest
--You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy of your film to the festival.
--If requested, KCFF will return/forward exhibition copies with ground shipping.

KCFF also hosts Reel Spirit: a 2nd-12th grade program, led by educators seeking to educate students and mentors; engage imaginations and empower future leaders though filmmaking. Reel Spirit: Young Filmmaker Showcase recognizes achievement in cinematic productions and provides young filmmakers an expanding, authentic audience.

The Kansas City FilmFest is the longest running and largest film festival in the Kansas City Metro Area. It's presented and governed by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, a nonprofit arts organization, which debuted its first film festival in April 1997.


Barbara Noble (Board Chair); Stacey Woelfel (Vice Chair); Veronica Elliott Loncar (Executive Director)


Fiction, experimental and/or animation films may be original or adapted from a previously published source. All footage must be original. Documentaries may include footage from other sources. In ALL genres the music may be original or an interpretation but you must certify receipt of any and all releases &/or permissions. To be considered for competition, no public screening should have been held in the Kansas City Metro Area past December 1, 2016.

Submission implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations by all producers, directors and/or their agents submitting material.
Submission Guidelines:
• Works in progress will NOT be considered for competition or screened at KC FilmFest 2017.
• All work must be completed and submitted no later than the deadline date (December 16, 2016).
• Entries must have been completed by September 1, 2015.
• All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
• The filmmaker(s) must secure all rights, licenses, clearances and releases necessary for exhibition. A completed entry through Withoutabox will be accepted as acknowledgment of the entrant having done so.
• All entry materials become the property of the Kansas City FilmFest and will not be returned. No refunds. By submitting this material you acknowledge the Jubilee's right to copy any submitted material for KC FilmFest's non-commercial use only.

Agreements: If your film or video is accepted for screening by the KC FilmFest 2017, 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. If your exhibition format is DVD flash drive or DCP, it must be received no later than March 10, 2017.

• SHIPPING: You are responsible for the arrangements and cost of shipping the exhibition copy to the Kansas City FilmFest.

• PUBLICITY: Upon acceptance, you must supply Kansas City FilmFest with digital stills and other digital and printed press materials. You should be available for interviews prior to and during KC FilmFest 2017.

• LOSS & DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films, videos and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the KC FIlmFest/Jubilee. However, if loss or damage occurs, Kansas City FilmFest/Jubilee cannot accept or assume responsibility.



I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered.
To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
The film entered is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.

KCWIFT and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest are hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any script submitted and accepted for promotional purposes. Due to the volume of submissions, KCWIFT will NOT return copies of submitted scripts. KCWIFT will request and is hereby granted the right to use footage from the project funded and created from the winning screenplay for promotional purposes related to KCWIFT and the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. This includes but is not limited to the KCWIFT and the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest websites, screenings, and social media platforms. Neither KCWIFT nor Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest holds any ownership rights to projects completed as a result of the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest, nor are KCWIFT and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest responsible for projects’ production, promotion or distribution.