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The Arkansas Cinema Society's Filmland is a curated annual celebration of cinema with a mission to nurture and inspire filmmakers in Arkansas by exposing Arkansans to filmmakers and their art.

OCTOBER 1 - 4, 2020

Tickets go on sale 9:00 AM CST Saturday, September 26th for members and 9:00 AM CST Sunday, September 27th for non-members.
FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In:
MP Outdoor Cinema

Annual Event


The Way I See It

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Show Time: 7:15 PM
Gates Open: 6 PM
Q&A Conversation with

photographer Pete Souza, producer Evan Hayes, producer Jayme Lemons, moderated by ACS Board Member & producer Christina Arquette.

Official 2020 selection of both the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Inspired by the New York Times #1 bestseller, this film gives an unprecedented look behind the scenes, through the eyes of renowned White House photographer Pete Souza, of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History: Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. Produced by ACS Founding Board Member, Jayme Lemons (Enlightened), and former ACS guest Evan Hayes (Free Solo), the New York Times calls the project, “impeccably crafted and consistently engaging.”

FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In:
MP Outdoor Cinema

The Audience Award Winner of the FILMLAND: ARKANSAS Shorts Program will be screened ahead of One Night in Miami… FILMLAND: ARKANSAS is sponsored by Entergy.

Annual Event


One Night In Miami...

Friday, October 2, 2020

Show Time: 7:15 PM
Gates Open: 6:00 PM
Q&A Conversation with

writer Kemp Powers and actor Eli Goree, moderated by ACS Co-Founder & writer/director Jeff Nichols.

Regina King’s directorial film debut captivated the crowd this month at the 77th annual Venice International Film Festival then took Toronto by storm at TIFF. Now, the fictionalized account of a 1964 meeting of icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown is coming to Little Rock!

The film is an adaptation of the acclaimed Kemp Powers’ play that imagines a night in Miami where the real-life friends gather together to celebrate a heavyweight championship but end up wrestling with the harsh realities of their roles and responsibilities in the Civil Rights Movement. King, fresh off her Academy Award win for If Beale Street Could Talk, directs a knockout cast which includes Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Aldis Hodge.

The screening of One Night in Miami... will be followed by a Q&A with writer Kemp Powers (Star Trek: Discovery, Soul) and actor Eli Goree (Riverdale, The 100) and moderated by ACS Co-Founder Jeff Nichols (Loving, Mud).

FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In:
MP Outdoor Cinema

The Arkansas Cinema Society’s Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls will screen their short film Super Human ahead of Nomadland, a film directed by and starring women!

Annual Event



Saturday, October 3, 2020

Show Time: 7:15 PM
Gates Open: 6 PM
Q&A Conversation with

director Chloé Zhao, moderated by ACS Co-Founder & writer/director Jeff Nichols.

$40 per car ($20 for ACS Members)

Winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, NOMADLAND is the first film to win both honors in a single year, solidifying its place as an Oscar frontrunner. Starring Frances McDormand (Fargo, Burn After Reading, Moonrise Kingdom) and directed by Chloé Zhao (The Rider), this film is inspired by Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book, and follows an aging widow who works odd jobs as she traverses the American West in her van.

Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.

NOMADLAND is directed by Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider) and is based on the book Nomadland: Surviving America In The Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder and stars Frances McDormand (Fargo, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck, Lincoln), Linda May and Swankie. The producers are Mollye Asher (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider), Dan Janvey (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Heart of a Dog) Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) and Peter Spears (Call Me By Your Name). The director of photography is Joshua James Richards (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider)

FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In:
MP Outdoor Cinema

The Audience Award Winner of the FILMLAND: ARKANSAS Student Shorts program will be screened ahead of Dreamland. FILMLAND: ARKANSAS is sponsored by Entergy.

Annual Event



Sunday, October 4, 2020

SHOW TIME: 7:15 pm
Gates Open: 6 PM
Q&A Conversation with

actor Margot Robbie and director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, moderated by ACS Co-Founder Jeff Nichols.

$40 per car ($20 for ACS Members)

An official selection of Tribeca Film Festival 2019, Dreamland is set in dust bowl era Texas amidst dust storms and the Great Depression, when a teenager's adventures as a bounty hunter takes an unexpected twist. Starring Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood), DREAMLAND, directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's, is a beautifully shot, Depression-era, coming-of-age story.

FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In:

Documentary Screening

FILMLAND 2020: Digital Experience

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

SHOWTIME: 7:00 pm
Q&A Conversation with

director Price James, actor/producer David Arquette, and producer Christina Arquette, moderated by ACS Co-Founder & writer/director Jeff Nichols.

Also included in this partnership, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will host its first ever Speakeasy Happy Hour Series with special guests Christina (ACS Board Member) and David Arquette, Friday, October 9 at 4:00PM.

Special screening of David Darg and Price James’ documentary will wrap up ACS’s FILMLAND event and will kickoff HSDFF’s 29th Festival with a Live Virtual Chat with David and Christina McLarty Arquette.

We are thrilled to announce the virtual presentation of David Darg and Price James’ YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE to take place Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00PM CST. The screening will bridge two of Arkansas’ great film festivals, with ACS coming off of an exciting week with their drive-in FILMLAND 2020 festival October 1st through 4th and HSDFF celebrating its Opening Night two days later on October 9th.

In order to have an in-person event and stay connected to our community, FILMLAND 2020 will be a Drive-In Film Festival at MP Outdoor Cinema, 6700 Allied Way, Little Rock, AR 72209.

This 180 car drive-in movie theater is fully equipped with a 36-foot screen for optimal viewing experience. We'll host a rotating slate of local food trucks each night along with other movie concessions available for purchase.

The FILMLAND Drive-In will host 4 nights of films followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be $20 per car for members and $40 per car for non-members.

FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In COVID precautions

To make the ACS Membership more accessible, we steeply discounted our annual membership to a fraction of the cost of our previous membership and passes — now only $50!

FILMLAND 2020 will also have a Digital Experience for FILMLAND: ARKANSAS and post-screening Q&As.

We have a brand new digital platform to bring the film festival experience into your living room! You can have the ideal home viewing experience with native Apple TV, Roku, and Android TV apps as well as the option to screencast from computers and mobile devices.

FILMLAND 2020: Digital Experience is only accessible with an ACS Membership and is included with your membership fee.

Get Tickets!

How do I get tickets to FILMLAND 2020?

Become a Member

If you are planning to come to the FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In you should definitely buy a membership.

For only $50 you can become an ACS member for one year with access to members-only programming - INCLUDING FILMLAND 2020! Members will also get the FILMLAND 2020 Digital Experience for FREE!

Great news! Members receive 50% off one car every night of the FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In!

ACS Membership is now $50

What Do I Get? 
  • Free access to virtual events (including the FILMLAND 2020 Digital Experience)
  • 50% off one car each night of the Filmland Drive-In (additional cars full price, first come first serve)
  • 50% off in-person year round events (additional tickets full price, first come first serve)
  • 50% off submissions to FILMLAND: Arkansas
  • Advance notice of events
  • Access to the "ACS Talks" Video Library
  • Invitation to our members-only Facebook group
Become an ACS Member

Don't want a membership just yet?

FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In parking spots will be available for $40 per car, first come first serve!

Already a Member? We love you the most!

We are excited to share that we have reimagined our 2020 membership prices and benefits to make being a member more accessible to everyone but we wanted YOU, our early supporters and members, to be the first to know.

We think you'll like what has changed but since you joined as a member of ACS between October 5, 2019 and September 6, 2020 at the $150 level, we want to reward your support with the following:

  • FREE ADMISSION for one car to the FILMLAND 2020 Drive In every night (ticket cost per car per night normally $40)!
  • FREE access to the sponsor lounge (normally only accessible to Sponsor Levels $500 and up)!
  • FREE membership for an additional year!

Again, the above perks are only available to our EXISTING members. Our reimagined 2020 membership will only cost $50 and all existing and new members will receive the following perks:

  • FREE access to all virtual events (including the FILMLAND 2020 Digital Experience)
  • 50% off all In-person events (including the FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In)
  • Early access to ticket sales (including the FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In)


What is Filmland?

Curated Program

The ACS FILMLAND: Curated Program consists of selections made by our Programming Committee and the attending filmmakers. Selections for the curated program are not chosen through submissions and it is a non-competitive program.

Arkansas Program

The ACS FILMLAND: Arkansas Program consists of selections made by a group of Arkansas Filmmakers and Film lovers selected by our Arkansas Program Committee to judge open submissions of films made by Arkansans or made in Arkansas. The Arkansas Program is not competitive in nature with the exception of an audience award which will be awarded annually at Filmland.


Filmland Sponsors

2020 Sponsors of ACS receive the following perks during FILMLAND:

  • Access to all virtual events
  • Access to each night of FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In (limited availability, number of cars depended on sponsorship level, please contact email below for more information)
  • Early access to purchase additional cars at full price
  • Access to Sponsor Beer Garden at Drive-In with open bar

Depending on your level of contribution, sponsors can also receive:

  • Recognition on the FILMLAND virtual event catalog
  • Recognition on website
  • Promos on social media
  • On-screen recognition prior to screenings
  • Recognition in email blasts and newsletters

 Questions on how to claim your tickets? Email:

Want to become a sponsor? Click the button below or contact us at the email listed above.

Become a Sponsor


What is Filmland?

The Arkansas Cinema Society's FILMLAND is a curated annual celebration of cinema with a mission to nurture and inspire filmmakers in Arkansas by exposing Arkansans to filmmakers and their art. This will be ACS’s 4th annual FILMLAND.

Inspired originally by Ebertfest in Champaign, Illinois, FILMLAND hosts acclaimed filmmakers (producers, writers, actors, directors, production designers, cinematographers, etc.) at every screening. With no cross programming (single venue, one screening at a time) and only 5-10 screenings in the program each year, ACS is proud of FILMLAND's unique, intimate, quality-over-quantity program. This year will feature a drive-in and a digital experience. As with every year, each screening will be followed by an in-depth Q&A conversation with the filmmakers led by ACS Co-Founder and filmmaker Jeff Nichols.

At FILMLAND, ACS curates a collection of filmmaker-accompanied films and television shows. While the filmmakers will not be able to join us in person this year due to COVID-19, FILMLAND will still include a conversation with the filmmakers after each film! Health and safety are our top priorities this year, and we want as many people as possible to enjoy what FILMLAND has to offer.

Can I volunteer at Filmland?

Yes! You can get involved by helping us prepare for the festival or by working at the actual event.

Sign Up Here!

What kind of films screen at Filmland?

At our first annual event PREMIERE, we hosted actor Adam Driver with screenings of The Force Awakens and Paterson, director David Lowery with screenings of Pete's Dragon and A Ghost Story, and producer Noah Stahl with Patti Cake$.

ACS will screen a collection of filmmaker accompanied curated films and television shows as well as a selection of Arkansas films - either made by an Arkansan or made in Arkansas.

Submissions for Filmland:

We opened submissions during the month of June, to feature-length and short films as well as documentaries and television episodes with Arkansans in the writing, directing or producing roles.

How does the FILMLAND Digital Experience work?

As we felt the need to reimagine our annual event, we knew we would want to offer a comprehensive Digital Experience. We have engaged in a new platform that allows a seamless viewing experience online. You can even watch it on your tv with a code! Just download the Eventive app on your smart tv or Roku, or stream directly from your computer using AirPlay or Chromecast! So you could be in a parking lot, in your living room, in your backyard, on a mountain, in a river, in your garage, in your bedroom, in your office. Anywhere you have an internet connection! You’ll still be able to watch and vote for the Filmland: Arkansas films as well as watch the filmmaker conversations.

Where is FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In?

The Filmland Drive-In will be at MP Outdoor Cinema at 6700 Allied Way, Little Rock, AR 72209. We have a well-secured parking lot and a 36-foot cinema-grade screen. The Drive-In experience will be timed with sunsets and concessions and facilities will be offered. There will be strict adherence to Filmland 2020 Health and Safety Protocols.

What are the Filmland 2020 Drive-In Health and Safety Protocols?

Our priority is the safety of our guests and our employees and volunteers. Masks must be worn at all times when you are outside of your vehicle or when your windows are rolled down. Guests are not allowed to sit on top of vehicles. Parking is at the sole discretion of the Arkansas Cinema Society. Anyone causing a disturbance will be asked to leave.

What if the weather is bad at the Filmland 2020 Drive-In?

While a little rain won't scare us away, high winds will. Unfortunately if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, we have a strict no refunds policy. As a nonprofit organization, we must stick to the refund policy due to the non-refundable amounts already paid out to vendors.

Do you have any rules guests need to abide by at the FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In?

We have worked together with the official authorities and health department to offer you an evening out celebrating films!  

Please follow all rules and guidelines set in place by the ACS staff. You will be asked to leave without a refund if you are seen breaking any of the following:

  • Masks must be worn anytime you are outside of your vehicle or your windows are rolled down. 
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from other guests not in your party when outside of your vehicle. 
  • No RVs or campers will be allowed.
  • Parking is at our discretion. Large and/or tall vehicles will be placed to insure all guests have an optimal viewing experience.
  • Guests are not allowed to sit on top of vehicles.
  • Anyone causing a disturbance will be asked to leave. No fighting, taunting, threatening remarks/gestures will be tolerated.
  • Children must be supervised at all times by an adult
  • No pets allowed 
  • Vehicles must leave once showtime is over. No vehicles are allowed to park overnight and will be towed at the owner's expense.
  • Audio/Visual recording is not allowed. If you or anyone in your party are caught recording any of the screenings or Q&As you will be asked to leave immediately, banned from all future ACS events, and could face fines. 
  • No unauthorized solicitations, flyers, samples, or give-aways
  • All ages are welcomed. Ratings and descriptions of the films show will be provided before the event and it will be the responsibility of guardians and individual-of-age patrons to make the decision on what is acceptable for viewing.