The largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas. A hallmark of the region’s cinematic landscape and an internationally recognized, multi-day platform for world-class cinematic programming, the festival is a program of the Tallgrass Film Association, a 501(c)3 arts organization that fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.
A cool Midwestern city that truly represents the spirit and hospitality of America's Heartland, Wichita is also home to a large art and music community, a growing filmmaking community, and generous patrons of the arts making Tallgrass audiences a hallmark of the festival. Sophisticated movie-goers of all ages and backgrounds - hungry for quality independent film - audiences are receptive, opinionated, and genuine. Screening a film at Tallgrass is a catalyst for generating awareness and buzz in the epicenter of the country that radiates throughout the region. Also accessible at Tallgrass, are the visiting filmmakers. Due to the city’s authentic nature, it’s common to find an Oscar-winning filmmaker deep in conversation with a high school documentarian or an avid movie-goer.
Located in the South Central portion of the state, Wichita is known as the "Air Capital of the World” and is the largest city in Kansas in terms of both land area and population, with an estimated populace of more than half a million people in the greater metropolitan area. Known as a breeding ground of entrepreneurs, the city is home to corporations including Pizza Hut, Hawker Beechcraft, Learjet, Cessna, and Coleman.
Flavorwire calls Tallgrass “one of the foremost regional festivals in the country, showcasing exciting new movies and festival hits that otherwise probably wouldn't make their way to the heartland…a wonderful festival, and a reminder that New York and L.A. don't have the market cornered on vibrant film culture."
Tallgrass Film Festival will grant juried awards in the following categories:
• Stubbornly Independent: $5,000 and one-of-a-kind Tallgrass tap handle
• Female Filmmaker Spotlight: $5,000 and award
• Gordon Parks Award for Black Excellence in Filmmaking: $5,000, $15,000 value Panavision Camera Rental and an award.
• Best Kansas Filmmaker Documentary Short Film: $500
• Best Kansas Filmmaker Narrative Short Film: $500
• Best Emerging Documentary and Narrative Short: $500
• Best Narrative and Documentary Short: $500
• Best Narrative and Documentary Feature: $500
• Best Vortex Short: $250
• Best Miró Film: $250
Audience Votes equal cash also!
• Audience Award Winning Documentary & Narrative Feature: $2,500
• Audience Award-Winning Narrative and Documentary Short: $1000
Other Non-Juried awards include the Golden Strands Awards (awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors) for:
• Excellence in the Art of Filmmaking
• Outstanding Courage in Filmmaking
• Outstanding Woman Filmmaker
• Outstanding Cinematography
• Outstanding Screenplay
• Outstanding Editing
• Outstanding Animation
• Outstanding Rising Star
• Outstanding Performance
• Outstanding Supporting Performance
• Outstanding Ensemble Cast
• Outstanding First Feature