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ACS Travel

General Requirements

The ACS is now offering a travel stipend for films written, directed or produced by an Arkansan traveling to competitive festivals outside of Arkansas. The ACS Filmmaker Travel Stipend will provide a $250 stipend for short films and $500 for feature films.

The goal of the travel stipend is to help filmmakers by supporting their travel to festivals and events that could make a significant impact on their film’s reach and their career. Filmmakers with a film accepted into major film festivals are frequently broke since they’ve spent all their money just finishing their film. The ACS Travel Stipend aims to assist Arkansas filmmakers during this critical moment.

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There is a cap on funding for the stipend, so the stipends will be granted based on funding availability.

Filmmakers whose films are accepted to these prestigious festivals & events will be eligible for the travel stipend:

  • Academy Awards
  • AFI Docs
  • AFI Fest
  • American Film Festival (Poland)
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival
  • Aspen Comedy Festival
  • Berlin Film Festival
  • Berlinale Talent Campus
  • BFI London
  • Cannes Film Festival (Film must be accepted in the Official Competition or Critics Week) *Short Film Corner is not eligible
  • CineMart
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • CPH: DOX
  • DocNYC
  • Edinburgh Film Festival
  • Emmy Awards
  • FIND Screenwriters/Directors Lab
  • Frameline Film Festival
  • Full Frame Doc Festival
  • Gotham Awards
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Hot Docs
  • IFP No Borders
  • IFP Rough Cut Labs (Includes Spotlight on Documentaries)
  • Independent Spirit Awards
  • International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
  • Locarno Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film FestivalMoMA’s Documentary Fortnight
  • New Directors/New Films
  • New York Film Festival
  • Outfest
  • Palm Springs Short Film Festival
  • Rotterdam Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Slamdance Film Festival
  • Student Academy Awards
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Telluride Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Toronto Inside Out Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Tribeca All-Access
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • True/False Film Festival
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
  • Vancouver Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival
  • Viennale
  • Woodstock Film Festival

In developing these lists, festivals and events were selected for the following criteria:

  • Must occur outside of Arkansas
  • Are highly competitive
  • Have significant prestige in the film industry
  • May lead to distribution, influential reviews, industry connections, etc. for participating filmmakers
  • Generally don’t cover the costs of travel and accommodations for participating filmmakers

Other Festivals and Events

If a filmmaker has a project invited to a festival or event not on the above lists, they can still apply for a travel stipend. In addition to the regular requirements for application, the filmmaker will also need to provide a short profile of the festival or event, highlighting its prestige or importance to the film industry, especially if it is a niche event (ie. a horror festival, a gay & lesbian festival, etc.).

A subcommittee of Arkansas Cinema Society board members and local film professionals will review the applications to decide whether or not to provide reimbursement for any of these applications and whether or not that festival or event will be put on the “approved list” for the next fiscal year.

No consideration will be given to festivals or events that are non-competitive in nature, like the Cannes and AFM markets, or that aren’t primarily focused on film and video.

These stipends are intended to help offset costs for filmmakers traveling outside the state, so Arkansas festivals & events will also not be given consideration.


My film premiered at one of those festivals on the “pre-approved list” in 2015. I spent a fortune at the festival. Can I get the stipend?

Sorry, you must apply BEFORE the travel occurs.

My film got into BFF and I live in Little Rock. Gas is expensive!

Sorry, even though we have a big state, this program is designed to help filmmakers show their work outside the borders of Arkansas.

The festival I got into is flying me out and putting me up. Can I still get a travel stipend?

Yes. If the festival on the “pre-approved” list, it’s likely that travel expenses are perhaps only partially covered by the festival, as the support given by the festival was one of the factors in developing the list.

Is it possible to email in the additional documentation rather than mail it?

Yes. You may email them to: