Desoto Film Festival

Fall 2022 | SouthPoint Church | Southaven, MS

Film Festival Experience for Family

Having experienced festivals around the country with our own films, we’ve seen too many films that we never cared to see. Shocking content and  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.


A Family Experience

Great Stories | Redeemable Characters | Interesting ideas | Gripping Moments | Inspirational Messages | Compelling Conflicts | Positive Filmmaking | Engaging Content | Meaningful Movies – Powerful Films

Festival Tickets On Sale!!!

Click the FilmFreeway link to get your tickets and passes early and come join the fun. Great family-friendly entertainment is right here in your neighborhood.

Master of Ceremony – Cullen Jackson

Cullen Jackson is this year’s festival MC. He is a Christian Hiphop artist from Memphis known as Yukon. Yukon and Robb Rokk connected at DAI Studios on a music video shoot for his single “Dark Days” and things went from there.

Cullen started creating music at 13 and was quickly signed to a Memphis record label. At 17 he gave his life to Christ and since has been using his music to bring glory to God. Not everything in life has been perfect since then. Cullen will easily admit “I’m not sure what tomorrow holds, but I know know who holds tomorrow.” Cullen hopes to continue his career while touching hearts and reaching people wherever he goes. 


Cullen Jackson - DFF MC
Cullen Jackson

Festival MC

Festival Director – Robb Rokk

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

Program Director – Jesaiah Burnett

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

Program Director

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

Thanks to Our Amazing DAI/DFF Sponsors

Be sure to thank our amazing sponsors when you stop into their businesses. Thank them for helping make this festival happen.

SouthPoint Church
Andersen Wood Crafts
One and Only BBQ
DFF Sponsor
Mr. Donut
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