About the Festival
“In a world overrun by film festivals, Tallgrass remains a largely undiscovered gem. The festival is big enough and smart enough to curate a top-notch program, but modest enough to nurture an atmosphere in which filmmakers mingle with each other and audience members.” -Geoff Edgers, producer/star of Do It Again and Boston Globe Arts Reporter
The Tallgrass Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, is a hallmark of Wichita’s cultural landscape. Now entering its 11th year, the festival has become an internationally recognized, multi-day platform for world-class cinematic programming, while showcasing Wichita’s revitalized downtown area and many of its cultural attractions.
The 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival screened nearly 190 films from 30 countries around the world, including 2 World Premieres and 1 U.S. Premiere, and introduced Smallgrass, a family film program at Exploration Place. Tallgrass flew in 34 visiting filmmakers from all over the country to present their films to Wichita audiences over four days, which also included parties and educational offerings. Record breaking attendance – at more than 11,000 – proved that the Tallgrass Film Festival is one of the hottest tickets in town and Flavorwire calls Tallgrass one of the top ten Best-Under-The-Radar Film Festivals in America.
The 11th Tallgrass Film Festival will be held in and around downtown Wichita, Kansas, October 16-20, 2013.
Tallgrass Film Festival strives to serve as a venue and a voice for independent films and filmmakers, spotlighting films that would otherwise not have a proper theatrical screening in the region. Every year, filmmakers from around the country and the world are invited to Wichita to participate in the festival, which is packed with educational panels, legendary parties and — renowned in the indie filmmaking community — an accessable audience with a voracious appetite for independent films.
More than 11,200 people gathered for the "Tallgrass Experience" in 2012 (it's true, Johhny Depp!) Known as a breeding ground of entrepreneurs, Wichita is where corporations such as Pizza Hut, Hawker Beechcraft, Learjet, Cessna and Coleman all began. Filmmakers, take note: your next Executive Producer could be right here in our audience.
2012 Festival Stats:
June 4, 5 & 6: Smallgrass at River Festival, Family Film Programming at Exploration PlaceMORE ›
June 13: King Kong (1933) at the Orpheum Theatre
June 14: Tunes & Tallgrass on the Terrace at WAM w/ THE ENDLESS SUMMER.
July 13 & 14: American Indian Festival Film Contest, 3rd annual American Indian Festival at Century II