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20-Apr-2014 2:22pm PDT  


Free State Film Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center

3 Annual June 25, 2014 to June 29, 2014

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940 New Hamphshire St.
Lawrence KS 66044
Phone: 785.843.2787

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Short Films
Narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and music videos 30 minutes or less.
Feature Films
Narrative or documentary films 60 minutes or more.
Youth Films
Films by young filmmakers, 18 years and under.

The Free State Film Festival is a weekend long event produced by the Lawrence Arts Center inviting dialogue between visual artists, musicians and filmmakers as well as a broad spectrum of audiences through the shared experience of thought provoking cinema and its relationship with other mediums such as music and visual arts.

The Lawrence Arts Center's Free State Festival is celebration of the film art form that brings together local and national artists through the shared experience of thought provoking cinema. Our mission is to explore film's relationship to other mediums such as music, live theatre and visual arts.

We are dedicated to bring you the very best programming from the film festival circuit. Highlights from last year's fest included This is Martin Bonner (Audience Award Winner - Sundance Film Festival - NEXT category), Computer Chess (Alfred P. Sloan Prize Winner in Science - Sundance Film Festival), A Band Called Death (Documentary Audience Award Winner-SXSW), The Retrieval (Jury Acting Award -SXSW).

In addition to national film programming, we also showcase short films, local premieres, interactive theater, experimental films, music videos and live concerts. Each of our programmed films feature guests to participate in question and answer sessions, receptions, and panels on the subjects of filmmaking, acting, screenwriting and more.

The Lawrence Arts Center's award of the NEA's prestigious Our Town grant will enable the Free State Film Festival to expand its film screenings and incorporate digital media installations by both national and local artists throughout the community's burgeoning 9th Street Corridor in celebration of motion art in unexpected venues. Our Guest Artist in Residence, Luke DuBois, will create a digital work for this exhibition and help curate the festival’s installations.

Innovative digital media and film educational opportunities will be offered to area partnering organizations such as Van Go and the Boys & Girls Club in order to bring digital arts training out into the community.

FSFF 2014 will seek to attract new audiences through the involvement of guest artists, panelists and curators in the cross disciplinary mediums of cinema, music and visual arts. Topics will include issues of gender through a screening hosted by area organization WOLF (Women of Lawrence FIlm), writing for television through a panel featuring guests such as Ron Parker (Hatfields vs. McCoy’s), a focus on the use of music in the film medium and culture diversity in our film programming.

The Free State FIlm Festival will become a competitive festival and offer awards for Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Youth Film, Best Vanguard Film (for beginning filmmakers), Best Music in Film, Audience Awards for Best Feature and Short Film and a juried component to our digital media installations.

Marlo Angell (Film Festival Director) ; Marlo Angell (Film Festival Director)


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

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

-Youth Short Films must be works shot, directed, and produced by students 18 years old and younger. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity requirements.

If your film or video is accepted for screening by the Free State Film 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 Film 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 Film Festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.


The Free State Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Free State Film Festival 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.