We are looking for creative, innovative, thought-provoking and entertaining independent films. We are especially interested in films made in Iowa and the Midwest. The festival has showcased short films, feature-length dramatic films, documentaries as well as student films. Please note, while Music Videos are accepted, they will be treated and judged as a movie.

** $1000 prize pool **
Awards will be presented for*:
- Best Short
- Best Feature
- Best Documentary
- Best Women Filmmaker
- Best Student
- Best Local Film
- Best Iowa Made Film
- Best Foreign Film
- Best Animation

Various Critic's Choice Awards will also be awarded.

*assuming acceptable number of entries in the category.

Movies must have been created (finished post-production) since January 2019. Movies outside of this time frame may be submitted for screening consideration but may not be eligible for awards.

Overall Rating
  • This is a very committed group who take film very seriously. I appreciated their enthusiasm for film and filmmakers and had a great time at the festival. I am looking forward to spending more time at this festival in the future.

    October 2021
  • Keyvan Sheikhalishahi

    I don't usually write reviews (I never did!), but while I've participated in dozens of festivals, the Iowa Independent FF was the only one which sent the trophy in France with a cash prize. This meant a lot to me, and I was already very honored to be selected in this festival made by wonderful and passionate people.

    October 2021
  • Wonderful experience with some very talented and pleasant people!

    September 2021
  • Could not speak more highly of this fest! The organizers were great in communicating with filmmakers and making every effort to make it inclusive for both in-person and remote participants. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

    September 2021
  • Joe Nyquist

    Wonderful people with a wonderful festival in a wonderful place. We very much enjoyed our time there for Tapeball’s screening.

    September 2021