Submission Rules

Opening Date – February 15, 2017.

  • Deadlines
    •Early Bird Deadline – March 10th
    •Regular Deadline – April 10th
    •Late Deadline – May 10th
    •Extended Deadline – June 10th

Please be advised that each deadline has its own submission entry fee. We will not screen films that have previously screened in the Kansas City area. You may submit your film on DVD or online for review. If accepted into the festival, films must be available on DVD (Blu-Ray Preferred). By entering through this form, you will need to make your payment by (1) registering online or (2) by sending a check for the appropriate amount (from the deadlines above) to: Photoplay, Inc., 3859 West 95th Street / Overland Park, Kansas 66206.

Submission Form


The KIFF festival board annually seeks diverse programming that will entertain and inform our savvy movie-going audiences. It’s our privilege to screen some of the best films that may not otherwise have a chance to play in the KC Metro area.

Chosen by panels of local filmmakers, film educators and critics, this award is presented to the best Social Justice Documentary, Best Feature Narrative and Best Animation films . Five award finalists in each category are listed in the festival program, and winners will be announced at the Filmmaker Recognition Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Chosen by audiences and presented to the best Narrative and Documentary films. Winners are announced at the Closing Night Party Thursday, Nov. 10.

2015 Juried Prize Winners

The Kansas International Film Festival is proud to announce the winners of our Juried Prize. The winners were chosen by panels of local filmmakers, film educators and critics.

House On Pine Street

Directed by Aaron and Austin Keeling, The House on Pine Street is a psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house. Shot entirely in the Kansas City area with a cast and crew comprised mainly of local talent, the THOPS team is ecstatic to bring the film back ‘home’ as a part of KIFF 2015. USA, Narrative, 112 min.

Crocodile Gennadiy

Directed by Steve Hoover. Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless Drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. As his country leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued post-Soviet revitalization seem possible. In the meantime, ennadiy’s center has evolved into a more nebulous institution. USA, documentary feature, 96 minutes.


2015 Audience Award Winners

All competition films are voted on by our audiences. Films are divided between narrative and documentary and compete in their respective categories. After seeing a film, audience members are given the opportunity to cast their vote on a four-point rating system to gauge how much they liked the film.

House On Pine Street

Right Footed

Past Juried Award Winners

2014: Best Documentary

120 Days

2014: Best Narrative

A Trip To The Island

2013: Best Documentary

Small Small Thing

2013: Best Narrative

K Effect: Stalin’s Editor

2012: Best Documentary


2012: Best Narrative

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

2011: Best Documentary

Lesson Plan

2011: Best Narrative


2010: Best Documentary

Holy Wars

2010: Best Narrative

Soul at Peace

2009: Best Documentary

Vincent: A Life in Color

2009: Best Narrative

16 To Life

2008: Best Documentary

The Flyboys

2007: Best Documentary

The Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies

2007: Best Narrative

Midnight Clear

2006: Best Documentary

Hand of God

2006: Best Narrative

Mojave Phone Booth

2004: Best Documentary

Bellmore: The Unscene & Mojados: Through the Night (tied)

2004: Best Narrative

Independent Vision Award – Chris Gore