17th Annual

Kansas International Film Festival

November 03, 2017 to November 09, 2017

Film Market
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c/o Glenwood Arts Theatre
3707 W. 95th Street
Overland Park KS 66206
Phone: 913-642-1132
Fax: 913-642-1133

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Feature-length Narrative
KIFF seeks feature-length narrative films of all genres that do not have distribution deals. We are interested in both domestic and international films.
Feature-length Documentary
KIFF seeks feature-length socially conscious documentary films that do not have distribution deals.for its THINK! series. We also accept other documentary genres and encourage international submissions.
Animated Short
Short animated films (no more than 15 minutes in length) in any genre.
Narrative Short
Live action films that are under 20 minutes in length.
Documentary Short


Our Mission
Dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of independent film, we showcase the art and power of storytelling worldwide and gather communities to share diverse cultures, viewpoints and conversation. With support from our many community partners, we celebrate independent film as the rich, cultural, economic and educational asset it is.


Our story
It was the creative combination of great friendships, local film lovers, filmmakers and Hollywood talent that lead to the first Kansas International Film Festival nearly two decades ago. Back then, the goal was to bring the diversity of film to the Heartland while celebrating Kansas City’s vibrant local film community. Today the festival is that and more, screening more than 100 films annually with submissions from more than 50 countries worldwide.

The KIFF Experience
Filmmakers from around the world submit their work and attend our festival because of its storied history and reputation for celebrating filmmakers with Midwestern roots and beyond.
While KIFF attracts Academy Award-winning films, provides major networking opportunities and large events drawing community awareness, the festival never loses site of its roots, which are the local art, music and film communities that support each other.
In celebration of those connections, KIFF features local talent annually during the festival with our KIFF Local series and other featured programming at the Glenwood Arts Theatre throughout the year.

The festival has grown from just a few hundred filmgoers to thousands over the past 17 years with a wide range of guests and celebrities attending, including Actor and activist, Ed Asner, horror filmmaker George Romero, special effects wizard Tom Savini, experimental filmmakers Guy Maddin, Barbara Hammer and Stan Brakhage, executive director of Women Make Movies Kansas International Film Festival is a celebration of independently produced films accepting competition entries in documentary and narrative. We award a jury award in each category. In its 16th year, KIFF continues to attract bigger audiences each year. Past festival guests include horror filmmaker George Romero, special effects wizard Tom Savini, experimental filmmakers Guy Maddin, Barbara Hammer and Stan Brakhage, executive director of Women Make Movies Debra Zimmerman, actors Scott Biao, Tony Todd, and Daveigh Chase, Sci Fi director Ray Harryhausen, and Forest Akerman.


Ben Mossman (Treasurer); Ben Mossman (Treasurer); Brian Mossman (President, Operations); Brian Mossman (President, Operations); Brian Mossman (VP Operations)


Awards: The Kansas International Film Festival awards audience favorite honors to Best Feature and Best Documentary.

Liability: In case of loss or damage to theatrical print, the Festival is limited to compensating the producer or distributor for the cost of replacing the lost or damaged footage.

Consent: Participation in the Kansas International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of festival regulations.

The festival accepts exhibition formats: Blu-Ray Preferred, DVD

1. The number, times, dates and locations of screenings of films are at the discretion of the Kansas International Film Festival. By entering the festival and if you film is selected, you are giving the Kansas International Film Festival permission to play your film. The film can not be withdrawn.

2. The print supplier will be responsible for the cost of shipment to the Festival. The Festival will return the print postage prepaid to the address provided by the supplier on the final acceptance contract. If you have a change of address, please contact us immediately to assure the safe return of your print.

3. The Kansas International Film Festival provides insurance for loss or damage up to a maximum value of $200 or the cost of replacement (whichever is less).

4. The Kansas International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize a clip not to exceed 90 seconds in length 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 the requirements and regulations listed in General Festival Rules.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless, the Kansas International Film Festival and Photoplay, Inc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney fee, 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.