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The mission of the Little Rock Film Festival is to inject film, culture and education into Little Rock, the State of Arkansas, and the South by showcasing independent films from around the world and highlighting the achievements of local filmmakers.
The Little Rock Film Festival strives to promote the work of Arkansas filmmakers and the local creative industry, while exposing our locations to outside filmmakers and improving the quaility of life for Arkansas.
The Little Rock Film Festival is an annual event held each Spring in Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. Based in the thriving historic River Market District, home to the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, the LRFF showcases the best in Narrative, Documentary, and Short films from around the World, as well as parties, panels, workshops, and youth programs. It offers cash and awards for the top films in each category, and also devotes programs and prizes specifically for Southern and Arkansas films. Every film in competition at the LRFF makes its Arkansas premiere there, and many are regional, national or world premieres as well.
In the spirit of southern hospitality, the LRFF strives to create the most enjoyable environment a festival can offer: We provide financial assistance to help filmmakers travel here with their work. Sponsorship from the finest hotels in Little Rock allows filmmakers to enjoy exceptional accommodations, and support from local car dealerships gives them stylish, comfortable, and environmentally friendly transportation to and from festival events. Each day ends with after-parties at the city’s hottest venues. Accepted filmmakers are treated to complimentary food and drinks throughout the weekend.
In the first four years, the Little Rock Film Festival has hosted more than 350 films from three dozen countries, conducted educational workshops for people of all ages, held panels with industry leaders, and hosted notable actors, directors, and producers from around the globe. Last year more than 25,000 people attended with over 100 film screened positioning the LRFF as one of the "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine. Heading into our fifth year, we are ambitiously expanding to include even larger cash prizes and more films screened than ever.
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