The 16th annual Tallgrass Film Festival takes place Oct. 17-21, 2018, in and around downtown Wichita, Kansas. New to film festivals or Wichita’s film festival? Here’s a quick primer on what to expect at one of the country’s top film fests.

1. What is Tallgrass Film Festival?

Tallgrass Film Festival is devoted to independent film – those made with smaller budgets and outside the Hollywood system. There will be roughly 200 selections including narratives, documentaries, animated, shorts and foreign films. Beyond films, expect parties, panel discussions on a range of industry topics and Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers.

2. Who attends Tallgrass Film Festival?

Through its first 15 years, Tallgrass Film Festival has become a favorite of both filmmakers and movie-lovers. More than 16,000 patrons will attend the five-day movie festival (Wednesday-Sunday), including more than 100 visiting filmmakers.

Film legend Pam Grier is expected to attend this year’s event as a special guest. Tallgrass Film Association will present Grier with the Ad Astra Award, given to those who make significant contributions to the art and process of moviemaking, on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Orpheum Theater followed by a “Conversation on Film” prior to a screening of her classic film “Jackie Brown” directed by Quentin Tarantino. The special evening will conclude with a late-night screening of one of Grier’s ’70s staples, “Coffy,” at Roxy’s Downtown.

3. What films will I see?

Tallgrass Film Festival is highly selective; roughly 8 percent of films submitted last year were accepted. Many of the films shown at Tallgrass have been nominated for or received Sundance or Independent Spirit Awards, and at least two films featured in Tallgrass have been nominated for Oscars.

Toward the end of September check for a list of the films that have been selected along with trailers. About two weeks before the festival, the full schedule will be available in print and online. New this year: an app will be available on iTunes and Google Play to help navigate the film line up, create your schedule, offer festival tips and exclusive discounts for local shops and eateries. 

4. How can I attend Tallgrass Film Festival?

You can attend Tallgrass Film Festival by buying individual tickets for any film you want to see or by purchasing a packages or pass. These range from a one-day binge passes to the VIP TALLPass that includes access to everything the film fest offers: five days of film, parties, panels and VIP lounge access. The TALLPass is already on sale and a select number are available at the discounted price of $210. Once that supply runs out, they’ll increase to the regular price of $250 per pass.

Make plans now to attend Tallgrass Film Festival, one of the top annual Wichita festivals. See you at the movies!

Learn more by watching last year's trailer here: