Just like the film pioneers that came before us, the mission of the Farm to Film Fest (F2F) is to engage and entertain audiences through film and to inspire thought-provoking conversation.

Washington is the home of the historic State Theater, the longest continuously operating movie theater in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Frank Brinton, one of the earliest exhibitors of movies and magic lantern slides in the world, was a resident of the City of Washington. He and his wife, Indiana, traveled the Midwest showcasing films to captive audiences throughout the 1890's and into the 1900's. They tested the newest technology on fascinated audiences here in Washington, inspiring our love of films starting in 1897 at the still active State Theatre.

The F2F continues this rich heritage with its second festival April 20 to 21, 2024. Participants will enjoy a diverse array of film genres to choose from throughout the weekend.

Support provided by the Iowa Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this {article, book, exhibition, film, program, database, report, Web resource}, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Laurel Awards will be given in each of the eight categories.

Farm to Film Fest (F2F) is seeking creative, thought provoking, innovative, & entertaining independent films that must have been created & finished since January 2020. F2F accepts films that cover current issues including arts, adventure, the environment, social justice, travel, & food/agriculture responsibilities. We do not have a particular theme.

Films will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 21, 2023 or until we reach a maximum number of submissions. Film selection & awards decisions lie solely with F2F, including the right to select or reject any or all films, & will be made no later than February 12, 2024.

Our audience appreciates embedded closed captioning in all films, however it is required for any foreign language films that are submitted.

Fee waivers will not be offered at this time & F2F does not pay screening fees for submitted films.

Additional rules
1). All decisions of the review committee are final, and all entries will be viewed & given equal consideration.
2). No entries and or final selections will be returned to a filmmaker.
3). F2F Will NOT pay for any screening fees for any film that was submitted for review.
4). All submitted materials must include the FilmFreeway tracking number & additional information as required
5). Press Kit materials will be sent only upon notification of Officially Selected. The Farm to Film Fest assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY of marketing & promotion if proper press kit materials are not sent after notification as deemed in the General Rules. The sole responsibility of the Filmmaker is to send all materials listed.
6). Notification date is on or around February 12, 2024.
7). If selected as an Official Selection, projects in MP4 format are to be uploaded to the designated F2F Dropbox NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 23, 2024. One (1) screening copy must be sent on a flash drive as a backup
8). Exhibition copy of the film & marketing materials are to be sent as specified once festival acceptance is announced. A letter will be sent to all those accepted with requirements & the date needed. It is the responsibility of the Filmmaker to send required materials at the time given. If films & marketing materials are not sent in time, F2F has the right to eliminate the film from the festival.
9). F2F reserves the right to select films from the entire pool of submittals.
10). Film may not have been completed before January 1, 2020.
11). All entered films grant the Farm to Film Fest a non-exclusive limited use agreement to use selected portions of films chosen for competition, & or use film promotional materials to promote the festival including the rights to utilize any excerpt from any film submitted & accepted for exhibition at F2F for promotional purposes and/or on F2F's website. Each filmmaker fully retains all rights, title & interest in their film & all intellectual property.
12). F2F does not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials. Do not send us any original copies, master copies, or the only copy you have.
13). By agreeing to these Terms & Conditions, you certify that you hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film & have read all regulations.
14). F2F dates & guidelines subject to change without prior notice.

Thank you for submitting your best work.

Overall Rating
  • We sadly were not able to attend but the communication with Farm to Film was wonderful and we hope to attend Washington, IA in the future! Thank you to the festival operators.

    April 2024
    Response from festival:

    Tyler, we had a great festival with attendance up 25%. I hope you will submit a film for next year.

  • Ryan Morrison

    Farm to Film Fest was wonderful. I greatly enjoyed the beautiful town of Washington, the high quality and caliber of films presented, the delicious dinner at Café Dodici, the insightful question and answer event with the filmmakers, watching a film in the State Theater, and interacting with the wonderful people attending and working at the event. Thank you to all involved and I hope to have another film accepted in the future.

    April 2024
    Response from festival:

    Ryan, we were so happy you were able to attend. We look forward to seeing your next project.

  • J.D. O'Brien

    Great rookie season, Farm to Film Fest! I had a great experience there and was so thankful for the reception I got there. This is going to be a really great festival as it continues to grow.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you J.D. We enjoyed having you join us for our first festival! Looking forward to working with you in the future!

  • Courtney Ball

    Very well-run. Hard to tell it was the first year of their festival. As a filmmaker, I really enjoyed the dinner and panel on Saturday night as a way to get to know and hear from other filmmakers. I had never been to downtown Washington, IA, and it was a pleasant place to spend time, especially this time of year. Communication and hospitality from organizers was great. I would submit/attend again.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Courtney! We loved having your film. It inspired so much good conversation! We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.