Tallgrass Film Fest

Downtown Wichita

The 21st Annual Tallgrass Film Festival will take place October 5-8, 2023 in downtown Wichita.

Film Festival Overview - Tallgrass Film Association

Our Mission

Tallgrass Film Association fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.

Our Purpose

Tallgrass Film Association entertains, educates, and inspires audiences in the Wichita community and beyond by showcasing the best of independent films from around the world through an annual 4-day film festival, year-round special screenings, filmmaking competitions and filmmaker labs. We strive to preserve the cultural tradition of film as a communal adventure. Movies bring us together: they entertain, spark conversation, build community and forge new relationships.

Our Core Values

Independent film and filmmaking

We value the significance of independent film and the art of filmmaking.

Artistic integrity

We honor artistic integrity while striving for excellence.

Artistic development

We embrace the process of developing artists.

Sense of community and community experience

We create opportunities for community connections and impactful conversations.

Inclusion and diversity

We commit to meaningful inclusion and diversity in film, audience and artists.

Our Vision for the Wichita Community

Wichita will be a community that values filmmaking, as a place that appreciates the art of independent film, fosters growth and success among those making films locally, and draws filmmakers from around the world to experience our stories, locations, talent, culture and hospitality.

"Wouldn't It Be Great If..."

Wichita, Kansas had a film festival?

TFA, a 501(c)(3) arts organization was founded in 2003 by Timothy Gruver. Timothy was a Wichita Native who studied filmmaking at Brigham Young University (often sneaking into Sundance Film Festival parties to mingle with the stars) before moving to Los Angeles for his first job with Dreamworks Animation, followed by Outfest and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Tim returned to Wichita in 2002 to found the Wichita Association for Motion Picture Arts (later named the Tallgrass Film Association). Tim believed Wichita could be the next Telluride—obvious geographical issues aside—and created the city’s first annual Tallgrass Film Festival, held in October 2003.