Fort Smith International Film Festival returns with new partner

The fourth annual Fort Smith International Film Festival 2024 has a new film industry partner expected to increase its global exposure, its executive director has announced.

According to Brandon Chase Goldsmith, the executive director of the annual Fort Smith Festival, the MidAmerica Film Market will help promote and even sell the works of the Fort Smith festival when it returns Aug. 22-24.

The film festival has entries from 75 countries and nations and features Native American filmmakers and indigenous content from TempleLive, headquartered at 200 N. 11 Street in downtown Fort Smith, Goldsmith said.

According to a statement from Goldsmith, MidAmerica Film Market will help attract buyers for a variety of films produced in the Arkansas River Valley.

“We have completed a multi-year agreement that will make Porter + Craig Film and Media the exclusive distributor for the MidAmerica Film Market,” Goldsmith’s statement read. “Through this partnership, we will bring in buyers who work with the major theater companies and streaming services around the world. Essentially, we’re bringing Hollywood to the middle of the United States.”

Submission is possible until May 24

Film submissions for the Fort Smith Festival open on February 2 and close on May 24. The three categories are narrative features, documentaries and episodic, which are eligible for both the market and the festival. Other categories at the festival include People of Color Shorts, Indigenous Shorts, Music Videos, Animation, High School & College Student and all genres of short films without a production date. Everyone is welcome to submit entries on FilmFreeway or they can visit FortSmithFilm.com.

The film market partnership and festival fill a gap in the film industry, which covers the Dallas, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Jackson and Shreveport areas and provides access to a unique selection of Mid-American films and storytellers, Goldsmith said . .