Aspiring Filmmaker Challenge


The Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF) is excited to announce the First Annual KIFF Aspiring Filmmaker Challenge that will take place on November 9 at Glenwood Arts.

Our goal with this program is to provide professional mentors to individuals that have the desire to make it in the film industry and to encourage them to invest in their future here in Kansas City. We understand the difficulties of an entry level artist looking for guidance and a stepping stone to catapult their careers, especially in the Midwest.



KIFF invites students and aspiring filmmakers from Kansas and Missouri to participate in a friendly 10-hour and 10-minute filmmaking competition. Teams will consist of a group of students paired with a professional mentor as their Captain to guide them in their fun and high-spirited filmmaking activities.

They will collaborate to write, produce, shoot, and edit a short film all within the 10-hours and 10-minutes timeframe. The films will showcase shortly following to an audience and panel of judges with a chance to win one of several awards that include prizes!

WHEN: November 9th

8am – Team Registration
8:30am – Competition Begins
6:40pm – Competition Ends
7:45pm – Showcase of Films
9:30pm – Celebration & Awards

Rules & Regulations


Glenwood Arts
3707 W 95th. Street
Overland Park, KS 66206


AWARDS & PRIZES will be announced at event!



If you are interested in the film industry, it doesn’t matter your level of experience!

We would love to have you join us. Come as you are to Team Registration and we will assign you to a team or come with some friends to form a team. Everyone is welcome!

You will meet likeminded individuals and get introduced to many professionals in the industry that can help guide you on this artistic journey.

Just $5 to enter! To register, just show up at 8am on November 9.


We are looking for production professionals who are open to sharing their expertise with our aspiring filmmakers. Must be able to guide the students in all filmmaker aspects. Our goal with our KIFF Mentors is to provide a safe space for these students to receive guidance, network with professionals, and meet others on the same level as them. Mentors are asked to attempt to keep in touch with the students in the future in hopes of helping them network through their career development. Mentors are also encouraged to bring equipment if available.


This Seminar Is Designed to Help Filmmakers Navigate Their Careers.

Topics Will Include:
Distribution Insights, Film Festival Strategies, Pitching, Packaging, and Submission Tactics, As Well As Many Other Things You Need to Know That Distributors Will Never Tell You.

Hammad Zaidi has been a Jury Member, Advisory Board Member, Panelist, Filmmaker Advisor, Program Curator and Screener at Several Film Festivals, including Sundance, Sxsw, Slamdance, and Flickerfest in Sydney, to name a few. He has been an Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer at several universities, Like UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Chapman, the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Avila University, the University of Kansas, Umkc, and San Diego State, among others.

Hammad Zaidi received his Masters of Fine Arts From the UCLA School of Film and Television Producers Program.


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