Film & Program Categories

Gala: The festival features four gala films, featuring exceptional subjects that the Tallgrass Film Assoication has chosen to spotlight for the Wichita community. Filmmakers and/or subjects attend each screening.

U.S. Documentary: These non-fiction films, made by American filmmakers, tell real-life stories, and shine a light on real-life issues.

U.S. Narrative: From American filmmakers, these films tell nuanced stories in various genres, from comedy to drama to thriller.

World Documentary: These non-fiction works are made by filmmakers from around the world and transport us to foreign lands so that we may see the world through another lens.

World Narrative: Dramatic offerings from foreign filmmakers, these stories offer another perspective on the world around us.

Shorts Programs: Shorts programs include short films from around the world and serve as examples of narrative, documentary, animation and experimental filmmaking.

Tallgrass Film Festival spotlights the following special interest genres:

Free Films Friday: This selection of educational films is free for Wichita area students, teachers and senior community (65+) with valid I.D. Sponsored by Prairie Fire Coffee Roasters.

Grasscendo Program: Features musically-themed films. Sponsored by Subaru of Wichita.

Greengrass Program: Features films with environmental themes. Sponsored by PRo Kansas and Great Plains Nature Center.

Joel Fein Emerging Filmmakers Program: Named for a mentor of the festival, this program features short films made by student filmmakers from around the world. Sponsored by The Galichia Foundation.

LGBTQ: This program includes films with a lesbian, gay, bi or transgender theme. Sponsored by Liberty Press.

Late Night/Midnight Movies: Presented at in the late evening or just before midnight, these films range from cult to camp to thriller.

Spotlight on Women Directors: This program spotlights our feature films with women directors, writers and producers. Sponsored by Lucinda's.

Stubbornly Independent Films: Features a selection of domestic, narrative films made for under $750,000 USD. The winner is screened at Stubbornly Independent Gala. Sponsored by Vimeo.

Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers: Named for late festival founder Timothy Gruver, this program features films made by Kansas filmmakers. Sponsored by Mindfire Academy.

AMADEUS (30th Anniversary Screening, presented with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra)
Nov 15
Tallgrass Volunteer Appreciation Party
Jan 11
Indie At the Orpheum
Jan 17
Smallgrass Film Festival (A Family-Friendly Film Festival presented with Exploration Place)