Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize

Submissions are open for the 9th annual Arkansas PBS Student Selects Film Contest and the Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize.


The Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Quapaw Quarter Association and is presented in partnership with Arkansas PBS's Student Selects: A Young Filmmaker's Showcase. This competition honors documentaries made by students in the 5th - 12th grades about historic sites in the state. Films must be between five and fifteen minutes long and must be about a building, archaeological site, or other historically significant site that is fifty years old or older. Sites do not have to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, although they may be.

Winning films will be showcased at Ron Robinson Theater and will also be considered for inclusion in the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Films awarded Grand Prize and 1st - 4th place honors will receive a cash award, trophy, and participation certificate. Schools will receive a travel honorarium of $150 to bring students at the screening event in Little Rock.



Any students currently in grades 5th – 12th who attend any Arkansas school or who are homeschooled in the equivalent grades are eligible to compete.

Competition Rules and Guidelines

  • Films must be 5 to 15 minutes in length.  
  • Films must be non-fiction.
  • Formats and genres include, but are not limited to, video, animation, stop-motion and Claymation.
  • We do not accept presentations in other forms, like PowerPoint.  
  • Films must focus on a historic site in the state of Arkansas that is 50 years old or older.  
  • All entries must follow all other rules for the PBS Student Selects program. 


The deadline for the AHP Student Film Prize is May 7, 2024

How to Enter:

Go to Arkansas PBS and follow the instructions for submitting your films. Fill out the entry form for the Student Selects program and make sure to check the box indicating your film is also entered into the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize.

For any questions about Arkansas PBS Student Selects: A Young Filmmaker's Showcase, please contact Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190.


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Amy Milliken

Education Outreach Coordinator