18th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest now accepting submissions


The Ozark Foothills FilmFest, described as “…an eclectic celebration of the cinema arts that takes place in April each year in Batesville…,” is looking for entries for the 2019 festival.

One of the few film festivals taking place in a truly rural community, the Ozark Foothills FilmFest screens narrative and documentary films of all lengths, as well as curated foreign language films and restored American classics.

Opportunities for artist/audience interaction at the 2019 festival will include a filmmaker panel discussion titled “Reel Rural: Rural America in Independent Film,” post-screening Q&As, informal filmmaker chats, and a filmmaker welcoming reception. The 18th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest will take place April 18-20 and April 26-27, 2019.

Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, and Best Documentary Short. Winners are also presented with an original design hand-thrown ceramic trophy created by Mountain View Pottery (see below).


Entries must be submitted digitally online using the FilmFreeway website (www.filmfreeway.com/OzarkFoothillsFilmFest). Special consideration is given to films that reflect rural concerns, lifestyles, and sensibilities. The submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2018; entrants will be notified as to selection status on or before Jan. 15, 2019.

All revenue generated from entry fees is allocated to competition prizes and to providing lodging and travel support for visiting filmmakers. Submission guidelines are available at www.filmfreeway.com/OzarkFoothillsFilmFest or email ozarkfilm@wildblue.net.

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