Low Key Arts' 15th annual Arkansas Shorts Short Film Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday January 8-9, 2022, returning once again to the historic Malco Theatre. The festival will expand - for the first time in its history - from one night to two full days of short films, workshops and parties! While the program consists primarily of work from Arkansas filmmakers, the festival will also feature films from across the country and around the world. 

2021 was the busiest year to date for Low Key Arts’ popular hands-on filmmaking program, producing 3 ½ hours of films over the past nine months. “In partnership with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’s Documentary Boot Camp as well as our own Sketch Comedy workshop this summer, this year’s sessions resulted in some of the most powerful and moving work yet produced in the program, and are the foundation for what will be an unforgettable weekend,” says Low Key Arts Executive Director, Sonny Kay. All films produced in Low Key Arts' Inception to Projection Filmmaking Program will have their world premieres January 8-9. 

“Arkansas Shorts has been bursting at the seams the past few years as we have seen such growth and enthusiasm from our regional filmmakers,” says Film Program Director, Jen Gerber. “It seems the time spent in quarantine the past two years has resulted in a tremendous outpouring of creative energy, therefore we decided this was the year to expand from a one night event into a weekend of screenings,” said Gerber. 

During this eventful weekend, Arkansas Shorts will feature aspects of the Inception to Projection program with robust filmmaking workshops to help encourage, inspire and challenge filmmakers of every level. 

The schedule, tickets and passes are available now here.

Arkansas Shorts 2022 Lineup


Dir. Niels Bourgonje
September 1944. Two Canadian soldiers find a boy washed up on the Dutch beach. Where did he come from and can he be trusted?

Bass Reeves, The Invincible Black Marshal
Dir. Larry Foley
Bass Reeves, a brave African American U.S. Deputy Marshal, was master of disguise - a no-nonsense lawman who helped bring justice to a region infested with killers and thieves.

Call Me When You Can
Dir. Molly Wheat
Awake in the middle of the night, a woman listens to a barrage of desperate voicemails left by an ex and contemplates what to do about them.

Dir. DaLaura Patton
An 8-year-old girl takes matters into her own hands when her mom denies her information about her dad. 

Come on, Shake Your Body Baby, Do the Conga!
Dir. Tom Hipp
All Tim wants to do is ask Jane to dance.
Kansas City, MO

DAYVISION Films Presents: And the Winner Is
Dir. Michael Day
Sydney Davis finally wins the most prestigious award for best film director. While he believes he has created more opportunities for Black filmmakers, his wife believes he may have compromised his morals and beliefs to secure the award.

Dir. Liam White
At an amateur improv class, an ice-breaker goes horribly wrong…

Ghost Dogs
Dir. Joe Cappa
A family's new rescue pup is terrorized by deceased pets in this mind-bending horror.
Oklahoma City, OK

Harvey & Sunshine
Dir. Damon McKinnis, Madeleine Murden
A couple struggles over their decision to bring a stranger into their relationship.

How Do I Tell You This
Dir. Chad Hill
Two long-time internet friends meet in person and explore the possibility of a future together.

Dir. Sajjad Shahhatami
The protagonist of the story faces a dilemma of choosing between sense and sensibility regarding one's innermost feelings. 

Dir. Jack Barr
In the midst of a pandemic, a young woman attempts to relearn a childhood instrument while courting a young man through Instagram DMs.

Los Vagos
Dir. Luis Hernandez
A young Latino man explores Little Rock, Arkansas through the viewfinder of his VHS camera as he films and meets strangers while dealing with the death of a relative.

Dir. Maggie Piazza Carroll, Molly Piazza Carroll
Nina has a job interview to get to - but first, an anxiety spiral.

October 31
Dir. Austin McEuen
A group of strangers competing for a cash prize in an extreme Halloween haunt soon discover they are playing a game of survival.

Dir. Sam Findlay
A rideshare driver's night turns after picking up an alluring young woman.

Dir. Amber Karnish
Not all holidays have a happy origin story.

Souvenir Souvenir
Dir. Bastien Dubois
For ten years, I've pretended to make a movie out of my grandfather's Algerian war souvenirs. Today, I’m not sure I want to hear what he has to say.

Dir. Samson Sorluangsana
A girl's nightmare during a storm becomes a storm of her mind.

The Daily - Episodes 1-3
Dir. Marty Lang, Austin McEuen, Patrick Ali
A college newspaper reporter discovers a conspiracy at her university, and must maneuver the politics of journalism to get the story out into the world.

The Papers
Dir. Jess Carson
This is their last conversation. The last chance to say what they feel.

The Touch Of The Master’s Hand
Dir. Gregory Barnes
Troubled by an unnatural temptation, a young Mormon missionary must confess the humiliating depths of his pornography addiction. *Winner of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Prize for US Fiction.

The Wolf
Dir. Timothy Barnett
A woman must face the ghost of her lost love while being hunted by something much darker.

Woodland Cemetery
Dir. Niels Bourgonje
A photographer capturing images in a Stockholm cemetery stumbles into terror when her photos unlock the door to the the spirit world.

Federico Torrado
A lonely old man pays a visit to Yoruga, one of the last animals on Earth.

Inception to Projection Filmmaking Showcase

Inception to Projection is a 6-week intensive film class open to all ages. Every participant writes, directs and produces their own original short. Help us celebrate the world premiere of these exceptional projects!

Starstuff Dream
Dir. Lanie Carlson
After a woman puts her acting dreams on hold for motherhood, she gets a second chance to step into the spotlight.

Last Night
Dir. Stephen Spanel
An encounter with an on-line date delivers an eventful night of unexpected surprises.

Bella Mente
Dir. Kat Silva
Recovering from the loss of her husband, Bella dives back into the dating scene hoping to find a meaningful connection.

Dir. Sam Ashcraft
A houseless couple must escape an abandoned building before demolition takes place.

Inception to Projection SKETCH COMEDY Filmmaking Showcase

The SKETCH COMEDY special edition of Inception was taught by Hot Springs native and writer David Hill. In this 6-week program participants collaborated to write, direct and produce a sketch comedy show reminiscent of “Portlandia” for Hot Springs.

Junior Deputy
Dir. Clayton Blackstock
This Career Day takes a turn when a 5-year-old joins the police force.

Jacko the Clown
Dir. Ferrin Lunestad
This standup comic and balloon artist can’t seem to get the timing quite right.

Dir. Amy Hale
A couple attend a seance seeking answers to some of life’s toughest questions.

Stinkin’ Cute
Dir. Kristine Artymowski
From trash to treasure, this crafting YouTuber finds inspiration in items most would discard.


Dir. Callan Low
Executives at the British Broadcasting Corporation learn that their name has a double meaning.

Dir. Mason Tabor
It's all fun and games... until it's not.

Inception to Projection & Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Present:

Documentary Boot Camp

Have you ever met someone or heard a story and thought “that would make a great documentary!”? It’s one thing to think about making a film and it’s an entirely different thing to actually do it!  Join us in celebrating the completed films from the inaugural HSDFF Doc Boot Camp, a 10-week filmmaking class taught by HSDFI executive director, Jen Gerber.

Big Mama’s Antiques & Restoration 
Dir. Gabriel Henk 
Antique store owner, Stanley Ray Stevenson, has a collection that would rival many museums, but many of his objects paint a complex portrait of American history from the civil war to the present.

Just Benjamin
Dir. Paige Reynolds
Benjamin is experiencing tremendous change as he seeks a fresh start and makes plans to move outside of the state while continuing to take testosterone for his transition.

Hot Springs Busker Spotlight: Jason Nickerson Tinna
Dir. Mason Tabor
If you pass this street musician in downtown Hot Springs, his talent is immediately apparent, but like many performers, his journey is full of unexpected twists and turns.

Rescued by Angels
Dir. Stephanie Barlett Rainwater
For Angie Herington, dogs are a "woman's best friend” and she works tirelessly to make sure every animal she meets finds a loving home.

Through a Child’s Eyes
Dir. Kat Silva
Hear firsthand from children across the country as they wrestle with the emotional and physical challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Parent Ally
Dir. Radha Mehta
A tireless advocate for mothers who struggle with addiction, Gina Wassamiller leads an inspirational journey of recovery and reconciliation for families impacted by addiction.

Dir. Kristine Artymowski
Inspired by the courageous 2021 valedictorian speech by Texas teenager Paxton Smith, director Kristine Artymowski reflects on her own lived abortion experience.