Desoto Film Festival

April 22-24, 2021 | SouthPoint Church | Southaven, MS

A Film Festival Experience for the Whole Family

Having experienced film festivals across the country with our own films, we've seen too many films that we truly never cared to see. We are challenging filmmakers to bring creativity and beauty to their art of filmmaking and story-telling, and present something for everyone to enjoy.

Brought to you by DeSoto Arts Institute located in Southaven, Mississippi, DeSoto Film Festival is designed to bring thoughtful entertainment to families in the Mid-South as well as give exposure to filmmakers desiring to reach the widest audience of viewers - the entire family.

DFF is taking submissions exclusively via Film Freeway!


Great stories

Redeemable characters

Interesting ideas

Engaging moments

Compelling conflicts

Positive filmmaking

Wholesome messages

Meaningful movies

Powerful films

DFF makes great films accessible to the widest audience possible - the entire family.

Festival Director

Writer and director Robb Rokk (aka Robb Smith) is the founder of DeSoto Arts Institute where he teaches acting and all aspects of filmmaking. Robb’s mission is to provide exposure, education, and hands-on experience in the arts to anyone and everyone interested – and to prove that great entertainment can be produced for the entire family. That said, some of Robb’s films contain themes of suicide, sexual abuse, and revenge, but told in a sensitive and respectful way. His last four films have been Top Ten finalist selections in the Memphis Film Prize over the last four years with 2018’s  Outside Arcadia playing and winning awards in more than 30 festivals around the world. 


Robb Rokk

Festival Director

Festival Administrator

Brad Clements has been making films since he was a kid. He used 8mm film to capture his movie magic. This explains his fascination with JJ Abrams’ Super 8. Brad has played piano since he was a wee little lad. Today he is a programming genius. He actually wrote the code which runs the Matrix. A DeSoto Arts Institute board member and Vice President, Brad keeps us laughing and reminds us regularly to stop and thank God for all we have and all we are doing. Brad takes on the role of Festival Administrator to help us stay on top of all the minutiae. He is passionate about helping people become more confident in themselves and finds joy in seeing people develop hidden talents. 

Actively involved in local community theatre, Brad sees, feels, and believes in how the arts bring people from many different backgrounds together into a common bond. 



Brad Clements

Festival Administrator

Festival Program Director

Jesaiah Burnett started as a film student at Desoto Arts Instute and now serves as DAI’s Program Director. He is passionate about film and strongly dislikes most films he views so you’re up against a wall and better have a good film. Or you better bribe him with geeky nerd culture items like those pop bobble head things.

Jesaiah Burnett

Festival Program Director

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