Local filmmakers!

After two years in the deep freeze, we're bringing back the Local Filmmaker Shorts Showcase!

If you're a Mid-Missouri filmmaker, we want to watch your short film. We’ll pick our favorites and show them on Tuesday, April 25, at 9:30pm.

We're doing this for two reasons: One, we want to see what everyone's been working on. The local film scene is more vibrant than people know. And, two, we believe in the big-screen experience and feel that it's important that auteurs know what their films look like on screen. That’s why we’re opening up our big theater to local filmmakers — students, professionals, or weekend zombie warriors — for one night. And without a submission fee!

How to get involved:

Get your film to us by Thursday, April 13, at 6pm.

Drop your short off at the Ragtag box office between 10am and the last movie, M–F (see our film schedule for weekend hours). Bring it on a disk or jump drive (which is best — we’ll give it back). Formats accepted: .mov, .mp4, 720 or 1080p preferred.

Please include the following:

>Your name & address
>Email & phone number
>Movie title & runtime

We hope to get acceptance emails out at least a week before the screening — around April 18th.


You have to live in Mid-Missouri. You should plan on attending, if you can.

We’re looking for films no longer than 10 minutes. Though, if you have a 20-minute movie that you think is awesome, send it in and we’ll take a look at it. And if you’d like to submit a clip from your feature or work-in-progress, that’s fine too. (Please don't think of the 10-minute runtime as a goal for your filmmaking process. Your film should be as long or short as it needs to be to tell your story. We love three-minute movies!)

You can submit multiple films.

Your film should be appropriate for a general audience ... an R rating is fine.

The April 25 screening is free and open to the public (though, as a nonprofit, we won't say no to donations).

Accepted filmmakers will be put on a guest list with a +1.

There will be a Q&A with filmmakers (if they're not too shy).


We'll convert your movie to the DCP format for exhibition (no glitchy computer this year). If you're accepted, and interested, we can provide you with a DCP copy of your short (details provided in the acceptance email).

Questions, comments, concerns? Ask us at [email protected].