-Tim Basham, Paste Magazine
Co-founded by Owen Brainard, Jamie Moses, and brothers Brent and Craig Renaud, the Little Rock Film Festival is one of the most competitive film festivals in the country. Rated three times by MovieMaker Magazine as a top 25 festival’s “worth the entry fee”, the festival awards more than $10,000 in cash prizes each year. Programmed and run by documentary filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud (www.renaudbrothers.com), the LRFF prides itself on being one of the most filmmaker friendly festivals on the circuit.
The Little Rock Film Festival is held each spring on the banks of the Arkansas River. Centered in the thriving historic River Market District of Little Rock (home to the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library) and in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, the LRFF showcases the best international films and the best in narrative, documentary, and short films from around the World. Every film in competition at the LRFF makes its Arkansas premiere, and many are regional, national or world premieres.
The Little Rock Film Festival is also the premiere festival for all things Southern. The festival highlights the Southern Hospitality of our city for our guests, and treats audiences to best in new films from throughout the region. The LRFF has nourished a thriving local film scene as well, premiering the best work from around the state of Arkansas. Thanks to some of our film festival sponsors, visiting filmmakers receive financial assistance for airfare and hotels in downtown Little Rock, personal drivers to get them around to all of the festival venues, and also enjoy the VIP benefits of free drinks and food at festival events.
Making International Filmmakers Feel at Home
In the spirit of Southern hospitality, the LRFF strives to create the most enjoyable environment a festival can offer. Each day the schedule is packed with screenings, panels and workshops, and talks by more than 50 filmmakers from around the World. At night we showcase some of the best parties on the festival circuit, including our already legendary RiverBoat Cruise, a warehouse dance party, and the Arkansas Times ‘Closing Night Gala and Awards Ceremony’ held at the Old Statehouse Museum, made famous at least partially, from being the site of Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory speech.
– MovieMaker Magazine
The Little Rock film festival has expanded every year since its inception, and now spans an entire week in the beautiful late Arkansas May. Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette said the festival is ”a watershed event in [Arkansas'] cultural trajectory. It was so well organized, so thoughtfully programmed and so gratifyingly conceived that there’s no reason not to pronounce it a complete, thrilling success.”
–Filmmaker magazine’s Lauren Wissot’s Review of LRFF2013
The LRFF is committed to promoting the film industry in Arkansas and partnering with local organizations and businesses in continuing the growth and development of Downtown Little Rock. Support for the Little Rock Film Festival is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.