KIFF Extra Screening & Panel Discussion regarding the film, “The Last
Time I Saw Jesse”

Film Gives Voice to the Media and the Social Impact of Missing Persons’

November 7 th 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Admission: $10

Join us for the KIFF Extra pre-festival event including a screening of the film, “When I last Saw Jesse”. This film explores the events of the last evening UMKC college student, Jesse Ross, was seen while he was
traveling to Chicago for an academic event. Post-screening Panel Discussion with the filmmaker, Brian Rose, and members of the Kansas City Community will be held to discuss the use of social media and film as a means of locating those who are missing, and as an outlet for those impacted by the disappearance and/or loss of a loved one. Reception to follow. 

Film: 7:15
Glenwood Arts Theater

Panel & Reception: 8:40 – 10:00


Friday 11/8 – "LONG HAUL"

Panel Discussion:

Film Gives Voice to the Inner Drive of Performance Artists.

Opening Night Screening & Panel Discussion regarding the film, "The Long Haul"

Film: 7:45
Panel & Reception: 9:15 – 10:00

What is the spark that lights a fire in some individuals to seek
opportunities to perform in front of an audience and share what inspires
them artistically? Whether it is transforming into a character and reciting words on a stage, standing on a corner with an acoustic guitar busking for a few extra dollars, or – literally – revealing yourself on stage through the art of burlesque, what is the inner drive of a performer? The Long Haul follows a troupe of male burlesque performers as they meld into a brotherhood of creativity and entertainment.

Following the screening of “The Long Haul”, the film’s creator, Amy Enser and cast members will join other performance artists from Kansas City, to discuss the creative process, and the life of a performing artist.

Panel & Reception to follow.


Saturday 11/9

1 st Annual KIFF Aspiring Filmmaker Competition


November 9, 2019
Showtime 7:45 PM
Admission: $10 or FREE with All Access Pass

Please join KIFF for this very exciting First Annual Aspiring Filmmaker
Challenge. Students and beginning filmmakers will gear up for a day of
filmmaking where they will write, produce, shoot, and edit their film all
within ten hours and ten minutes with a local professional filmmaker as
their mentors. You’re invited to join the filmmakers as their hard work
will be showcased and judged at 7:45 pm that evening with awards
announced at our Saturday night Kickoff Celebration.


Saturday 11/9 - STEPHEN PRUITT

"20 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Great Indie Film (or What Really Matters in Film)"

10:30 am – 12:00 pm It has been said that wise people learn from their own mistakes but that the really smart ones learn from the mistakes of others. In that helpful spirit, this humorous and informative seminar discusses twenty major pitfalls that tend to trip-up beginning (and even more advanced) filmmakers. Stephen Wallace Pruitt and his wife and partner-in-film, Mary Settle Pruitt, firmly believe that just about anyone can achieve Hollywood-quality production values on any budget if they learn both what they should and shouldn't do during the filmmaking process and then make the efforts necessary to get things done "just right."

Monday 11/11

Panel Discussion:

Film Gives Voice to Alternative Therapies in Recovery.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion regarding the film, “A Journey Back to

Film: 7:35
Panel & Reception: 9:00 – 9:45

Following the film which documents 4 key alternative therapies that are impactful at decreasing the negative effects of PTSD, join us to discuss the current state of mental care and the alternate methods individuals are choosing to seek help.


Festival Kickoff: Welcome Celebration and Awards Program

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Ranch Mart - Glenwood Arts “Main Event” space

Admission: $10 or FREE with All Access Pass

Come celebrate this year’s filmmakers and award winners at the KIFF
Kickoff - Welcome Celebration and Awards Program.

This year we will be honoring the Kansas International Film Festival Jury Award Winners, and introducing the awards program for the First Annual KIFF Aspiring Filmmakers Competition.

Music, Food and beverages to be provided.

November 14 th , 9:30-11:30 PM


Admission: $10 or FREE with All Access Pass

Bring on the drinks, food and more live entertainment! Nothing like good company in a great environment to unwind after a week of creative films and discussions!