Hi! First thing, please read below to understand how our monthly recurring festival works, this way you won't have to ask at later.

OUR FESTIVAL HAPPENS EVERY MONTH! Your submission THIS MONTH, will put your film in consideration for any of the sessions AFTER the session immediately following whichever session is upcoming at the time of your submission. Does that make sense? Hopefully so. FilmFreeway does not have a system in place specifically for recurring festivals yet, don't be scared! We open as a new season each and every month on the Monday following the previous screening. Submit your film to us ANYTIME for consideration for placement in an edition of 4FKC the month following the session immediately after your submission date and onward. If we decide we're able to share with the greater Kansas City audience, we will, regardless of premiere status, year of completion, budget, etc...

Again, we have a "rolling deadline," meaning we are accepting submissions all year round. All submissions will be notified via e-mail, accepted submissions will receive a festival laurel and are eligible each screening for the "Audience Choice" award, which goes to the top two vote-getters each session.

There is a $10 submission fee to help offset the cost of staffing and promoting the festival, but we don't want it to inhibit your submitting. If you are a filmmaker facing financial hardship but you feel it's important to submit your work, please get in touch. Thank you...


KANSAS CITY HAS A THRIVING INDIE FILMMAKING COMMUNITY! The First Friday Film Festival is a late-night, SHORT film screening event recurring on the first Friday of every month, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. We aspire to showcase some of the most compelling and provocative work made locally, regionally and internationally!

Our screening cinema is located within the beautiful Musical Theater Heritage facility in Crown Center. It’s a short walk from the bustling Crossroads Arts District, where the First Friday extended-hour open gallery tours are nationally renowned. We are a festival dedicated to exhibiting independent cinema that demonstrates what we define as a “unique artistic vision” and which place great importance on crafting well-developed characters and provocative storytelling. Festival programmers will give preference to films that could be classified as dramas, comedies, science fiction/fantasy or animated works, though compelling shorts in the horror/thriller, documentary and action genres will certainly be considered.

On the First Friday of every month, thousands of residents and visitors fill the sidewalks of the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri, enjoying what has become the city’s liveliest and most popular event. Arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses feature regional and national artists as well as live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. year-round. Occurring officially since the late 90’s, the tradition continues to grow with up to 10,000 attendees on any given weekend.

The First Friday Film Festival serves as a destination for gallery-goers after most venues have closed for the night, and is a free event open to the public. Kansas City, Missouri is a destination on the rise for film production and boasts and active, close-knit filmmaking community. The festival will provide filmmakers with a chance to have their work seen by an enthusiastic and receptive audience, thus opening new connections and recognition in the town that Huffington Post in 2014 declared as being “The Coolest City in America.”

As an ongoing festival of new programming, there are 12 separate screening sessions that make up the fest each year. Each screening session runs roughly 120 minutes with an intermission. Sessions are not programmed by genre but rather are combined in what we feel constitute compelling clusters, offering the audience films across genres, every session.

Festival laurels and certificates to all accepted applicants, cash prizes awarded at the end of each season in five major categories.

Awards & Prizes
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - Two laurels awarded monthly for the top two vote-getting films as recorded by the audience.

BEST OF AWARDS - Five monetary awards in the amount of $100 USD each are distributed at the end of each twelve session season, constituting a year's worth of programming. A special screening event will take place then highlighting the work of the audience choice and best of recipients.

The award categories are:
Best Overall Narrative Short - $100
Best Cinematography $100
Best Performance Female Lead - $100
Best Sound Design $100
Best Performance Male Lead $100

Rules & Terms
4FKC Submission Guidelines
*Please carefully read these guidelines before filling out the entry form.

A) Guidelines
1 – Competition open to anyone wishing to enter.
2 – Films are limited to 25 minutes or less. (DOCUMENTARY FILMS MUST BE 10 MINUTES OR UNDER FOR CONSIDERATION)
3 – Multiple submissions are allowed, each submission accompanied by the $10 (USD) entry fee.
4 – There are no date-of-completion or budget restrictions.
5 – Foreign language films must be subtitled in English for festival exhibition.
6 – All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway. No mail applications please.
7 – Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authorization to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
8 – Entrant permits usage of clips from the entry for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live Festival events.
9- There are NO PREMIERE STATUS RESTRICTIONS. Your work may have premiered anywhere at anytime before the FFFF. We just want great work to be seen in Kansas City by great audiences.

B) Notifications
1 – All entrants will be notified by email when their film or video has been received.
2 – For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high-resolution stills from the film and at least one high-resolution photograph of the film’s director. Publicity and press materials will not be returned and become property of the film festival. The FFFF has permission to use excerpts from any accepted film for promotional purposes.
3 – If accepted, entrants will be notified by email one month prior to their dedicated screening session. Filmmaker will need to provide a downloadable .mov or mp4 via Dropbox or Vimeo to preview and screen.

C) Entry Fees
1 – Submission Fee is $10 (USD) per entry.

D) Returns
1 – As we only accept digital files there are no guidelines on returns.

E) Categories and Awards
1 – 4FKC reserves the right and has discretion to change submission category for an entry.
2 – 4FKC will be juried and competitive. Payment of the entry fee does not guarantee a screening.

F) Travel and Accommodations
1 – This is the sole responsibility of the entrant. However, in some circumstances, assistance in finding accommodations may be provided. If you wish to attend the screening of your short, we will work with you to procure a discounted rate at one of KCMO’s downtown hotels.

G) Festival Dates, Locations, and Times*
Screenings take place on the first Friday of every month barring any necessary blackout dates which come up due to theater availability conflict.
*Subject to change.

Festival Screening Sessions with Q&A discussion will run from 7:30pm-10pm CST

Venue Location:
Musical Theater Heritage
2450 Grand Blvd #301
Kansas City, MO 64106
Free Parking

Questions/Inquiries? Please e-mail us:
We look forward to reviewing your submissions, thank you!


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair