MovieMaker today announced that Tallgrass Film Festival has been named to its annual list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, celebrating festivals that serve moviemakers and audiences in some of the best destinations in the world.

MovieMaker, a film magazine, and website based in Los Angeles compile its annual list based on surveys, filmmaker testimonials, and visits to festivals, among other factors. Key considerations include how much assistance a festival provides to traveling filmmakers; recent premieres at the festival; opportunities to meet distributors, fans, fellow filmmakers, and press; and whether festivals are Academy-qualifying.

“With the film world in a state of constant change in recent years, festivals are more important than ever to help audiences and distributors find new films, and to remind all of us why we devote so much of our lives to making and loving movies,” said MovieMaker editor Tim Molloy. “The festivals on this list work incredibly hard to make it feel effortless.”

“Tallgrass is honored to be recognized for all we do to put the work in to celebrate filmmakers both locally and globally,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “Our way of remaining stubbornly independent is something we strongly believe in and hope that our community and our filmmakers continue to support.”


Here’s MovieMaker’s 2023 list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, in alphabetical order:


American Black Film Festival

American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs)

Atlanta Film Festival

Austin Film Festival

BendFilm Festival

Bentonville Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Brooklyn Film Festival

Busan International Short Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Camden International Film Festival

Cannes Indie Shorts Awards

Chicago International Film Festival

Chilliwack Independent Film Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival



EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival

Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival

Fantasia Film Festival

Fantaspoa International Film Festival

Female Eye Film Festival

Festival du Nouveau Cinema


Galway Film Fleadh

Hamptons International Film Festival

Heartland International Film Festival/

Indy Shorts

HotDocs Canadian International Film Festival

IndieLisboa International Film Festival

Indie Memphis

Locarno Film Festival

Louisiana Film Prize

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Nashville Film Festival

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

New Hampshire Film Festival

New Orleans Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival

Provincetown International Film Festival

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Fe International Film Festival

SCAD Savannah Film Festival


Slamdance Film Festival

Tallgrass Film Festival

Tribeca Festival

True/False Film Festival

Warsaw International Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival

Woodstock Film Festival

Stubbornly Independent since 2003, the Tallgrass Film Festival is the largest film festival in Kansas. A program of the 501(c)3 Tallgrass Film Association, the festival showcases more than 200 films from around the world, hosts dozens of visiting filmmakers, and includes galas, parties, and educational workshops and panels. In addition to bringing the best of independent cinema to heartland audiences, the festival is designed to highlight the city’s cultural attractions including world-class museums, landmarks, and unique local businesses, to visitors and residents alike. Throughout the year, TFA presents independent cinema at the year-round film center in the Lux.

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. The list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2023 is in the Spring 2023 issue, with Owen Wilson on the cover.

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