Tallgrass Film Festival makes a monumental return in 2022 to commemorate 20 years of stubbornly independent filmmaking, September 28 through October 2. Organizers have worked hard over the years to cultivate and celebrate cinematic art. This year’s lineup includes award-winning films with 53 features and 195 shorts films. The 2022 festival not only includes acclaimed films, but is also showing 38 world premieres.

Festival organizer Hannah Bothner said, “Tallgrass Film Festival is Wichita’s opportunity to see incredible independent films and rub elbows with filmmakers from all around the world. The festival is five days of films and fun in downtown Wichita.”  

The films and events are set to show at multiple venues in the downtown area of Wichita including:

Find the schedule of special events here.

20th Anniversary Celebration:

The 2022 Tallgrass Film Festival has prepared a grandiose 20th anniversary. This year’s opening gala on September 28 offers musical performances by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors at the Exploration Place Dome starting at 9 p.m. The festival also has partnered with the Orpheum Theatre to restore its 35mm projector to give viewers a never-before-experience of the Richard Kelly’s classic “Donnie Darko” (2001). Bother states, “From comedy, to drama, to documentary, and everything in between, there is something for everyone!”

The captivating phrase, “stubbornly independent,” refers to independent film-makers’ visons and raw talent being brought to life through interactive galas, spirited after parties, and captivating feature and short films.

Attending the Festival:

“Tallgrass Film Festival is another example of all the fun and dynamic things that are always happening in Wichita,” said Brandy Evans, Vice President of Marketing at Visit Wichita. “The festival offers locals and travelers a chance to experience a lively weekend in the heart of the country.”

To attend the festival, visit the Tallgrass Film Festival box office to purchase tickets. Festival-goers have the option to attend the event in person or virtually. General admission tickets can be purchased daily for specific films. Virtual general admission tickets provide an access code to view each film within 48 hours of pressing play.

General Admission Tickets:

  • General Admission: $12 per day
  • Senior/Student/Miliary: $6 per day
  • Gala Screening: $15 per day
  • Gala Movie + Party: $45 per day

VIP Tickets:

TALLPass: $250

  • Screen all feature and short films
  • Attend every party
  • Exclusive VIP events
  • Full access to all online and in-person content

FILMPass: $100

  • All feature and short films
  • In-person and virtual access

VIRTUALPass: $50

  • Virtual access to all feature and short films

For more information, see our Tallgrass Film Festival guide.


About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the Greater Wichita area and advocates for the city as a destination, increasing travel and tourism as a key economic driver for the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2019 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.

About the Tallgrass Film Association Tallgrass Film Association (TFA) is Kansas’s largest independent film organization. TFA’s goal is to foster an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film through its year-round film center and alliance, screenings, educational workshops, a 36-hour film race, and an annual film festival. Archer Hotels present the festival with additional producing sponsors, Emily Bonavia, Greteman Group, Moka’s Selig Polyscope Company, Cargill, and House of Schwan.