Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize


Submissions are open for the 8th annual Arkansas PBS Student Selects Film Contest and the Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize.

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Currently, the final deadline for film submission for the 2023 AHP Student Film Prize is May 14, 2023. 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.

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 in some way 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 Arkansas PBS Student Selects program.  Click here to find more information on the Arkansas PBS website.



The deadline for entering a film for the 2023 Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize is May 14, 2023. 

How to Enter:


Go to Arkansas PBS and follow 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.

To request more information on the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize call Amy Milliken at 501-324-9786 or email  [email protected].   

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