Desoto Film Festival

November 2-4, 2023 | 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 Tix On Sale Soon!!!

Watch for tickets to go on sale. Then 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.


DFF is taking submissions exclusively via Film Freeway!



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 heavy themes, 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 - the 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
Wisdom Integrators
Andersen Wood Crafts
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