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Fort Smith International Film Festival

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Event Details

Dates: 8/13/2021 - 8/14/2021
Price: $10-$30
Venue: 5 Star Productions
100 N 8th St Fort Smith, AR 72901

Description

The River Valley Film Society will host the inaugural Fort Smith International Film Festival on August 13-14, 2021, in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas!

Through Their Eyes will be the theme for the inaugural event, which will celebrate the artistic expression and diverse experiences of Native Americans and People of Color through film, panel discussions, music, food, and more.


BREAKING UPDATE - 8/12/2021

Fort Smith International Film Festival is going hybrid!

In order to accommodate our film fans who are unable to attend in person, we are releasing a $10 virtual ticket that provides access to a live stream of the films. Viewers will be able to watch the movies from each of our four venues (The Bakery District, 5 Star Productions, The Majestic, & 906 Cigar lounge) in real-time. 

In person tickets are $10 in Advance, $15 Day of Show. The festival will be following CDC and ADH COVID protocols along with reduced venue capacities, social distancing, sanitizing, and masks provided by Yeager’s Hardware.


TICKETS

VIP Tickets: $30...special reserved seating and green room access to meet with the filmmakers. Visit FortSmithFilm.com for up-to-date information on schedule, parking, and more.

General Admission: $10 in Advance, $15 Day of Show

Visit FortSmithFilm.com for up-to-date information on schedule, parking, and more.


LODGING

Receive a hotel discount when reserving a room at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Smith Downtown. The hotel is located within comfortable walking distance to the festival venues, as well as downtown dining, shopping, and more. Last day to book is Wednesday, August 4, 2021. 

Browse other area lodging options here.


Schedule

Download Program

FRIDAY (AUG 13)

Opening Night + Reception
The Majestic
817 Garrison Ave.

  • 5 PM | Doors Open
  • 5:30 PM | Welcome
  • 6:30 PM | Local/Regional Filmmakers Showcase with Q&A
  • 9 PM | Special Guests & Keynote Speaker
  • 11 PM | White Collar Sideshow (:53 Live Show with Video)
  • Midnight | VENUE CLOSE

SATURDAY (AUG 14)

Short Films
The Bakery District

70 S. 7th St.

  • 9:30 AM | Doors
  • 10 AM | Documentary Block (:45)
  • 11 AM | Drama Block (2:04)
  • 1:20 PM | Animation Block (1:20)
  • 2:55 PM | Indigenous Block (1:16)
  • 4:30 PM | People of Color Block (1:50)
  • 6:35 PM | Comedy & Experimental Block (1:39)
  • 8:30 PM | Action/Adventure Block (1:25)
  • 10:10 PM | SCI-FI Block (1:23)
  • 11:35 PM | VENUE CLOSE

Informational & Filmmaker Panels
The Bakery District

70 S. 7th St.

  • 1:15 PM | High School & College Filmmakers
  • 2:15 PM | Drama Filmmakers
  • 3:15 PM | People of Color Filmmakers
  • 4:15 PM | Indigenous Filmmakers
  • 5:15 PM | Diversity and Ethnicity in Film - Moderator Olivia Jennings
  • 6:15 PM | Film Production - Tristar Global Entertainment
  • 7:15 PM | Action Filmmakers
  • 8:15 PM | Comedy/Experimental Filmmakers
  • 9:15 PM | Sci-Fi Filmmakers

Music Videos & Documentaries
906 Cocktail & Cigar Lounge
906 Garrison Ave.

  • 1 PM | Doors Open
  • 1:15 PM | Music Video Block (2:24)
  • 3:55 PM | Moonshot Doc (1:10)*
  • 5:40 PM | Music Video Block (2:24)
  • 8:20 PM | Cate Bros Doc (1:03)*
  • 10 PM | Featured Local & Regional Music Video Block (1:30)
  • 11:30 PM | VENUE CLOSE

Feature Films
5 Star Productions
100 N. 8th St.

  • 9:30 AM | Doors Open
  • 10 AM | Built lands (1:22)
  • 11:40 AM | Don andyachi gosht [A story of Two eggs] (:40)
  • 12:35 PM | The New Abolitionists (1:39)*
  • 2:50 PM | Land of Lights and Shadows (1:01)*
  • 4:30 PM | Indians, Outlaws, Marshals and the Hangin' Judge (1:20)*
  • 6:25 PM | Whitewashed: The Ethnic Cleansing of America (:56)*
  • 8:00 PM | BLACK BOYS (1:35)*
  • 10:10 PM | The Lost Hunter (:47)*
  • 11:30 PM | VENUE CLOSE

Feature Films & HS Shorts
The Majestic
817 Garrison Ave.

  • 9:30 AM | High School Shorts Block (1:37)
  • Noon | Djäkamirr:caretaker of pregnancy and birth (:41)
  • 1 PM | Kaali Maati (1:50)
  • 3:05 PM | Jacks & Jills (:56)*
  • 4:40 PM | The Penitent Thief (1:33)*
  • 6:50 PM | Three Souls (1:35)*
  • 9 PM | The Rock of Gibraltar (1:30)*
  • 11:05 PM | Change Over to Ceremony

AWARDS CEREMONY
Midnight (12 AM)
The Majestic
817 Garrison Ave.


* indicates Filmmaker Q&A (:20)

[:15 Change Over between each Film or Category Block] Start times have been rounded up to nearest 5min mark.

* Please confirm directly with the promoter or box office to ensure event details have not changed.