Free State Festival Announces 2018 Dates

Free State Festival  2018 is on and we’re moving to September!

On the heels of a highly successful summer film festival in 2017, the Free State Festival will return September 18-23, 2018 with a six day celebration of film, music, art, and ideas in Lawrence, KS. Through an Our Town grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the festival will have the opportunity to re-integrate art installations into next year’s lineup and offer film education programming to the community organization, El Centro Hispano. With the move to the fall season, the Free State Festival hopes to further engage community partners.

Film submissions open in January of 2018 on and entry fees will be waived for all Kansas filmmakers. Past guests to the Free State Festival have included Kris Kristofferson, Maria Bamford, Barry Crimmins and Public Enemy; and yearly programming has included the recent sold out live comedy performance by Hannibal Buress.

Thank you to all of our supporters in Lawrence, KS and beyond – we can’t wait to see you in 2018!