4th Annual

Free State Festival

June 22, 2015 to June 28, 2015

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940 New Hamphshire St.
Lawrence KS 66044
Phone: 785.843.2787

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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.

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 has enabled 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.


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.