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.

Awards will be presented for Best Short, Best Feature, Best Documentary, Critic's Choice, and others depending on what gets submitted.

Movies must have been created (finished post-production) since January 2017. Movies outside of this time frame may be submitted for screening consideration but may not be eligible for awards.

Overall Rating
  • Agnes Peel-McGregor (Baginska)

    Wonderful festival. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of it!

    October 2018
  • dom lenoir

    What a lovely festival, friendly people communicating in advance and even audience members mentioning enjoying films to us. Hope to come back again

    September 2018
  • Becky Smith

    The board and volunteers of the Iowa Independent Film Festival are deeply caring and invested in the festival. Each film has three screenings, in three venues. There is some focus on Iowa filmmakers, plus a wide range of films from around the world - and they were consistently powerful and worth viewing. The communication was excellent. This festival just needs a fierce outreach to the local community to fill the theaters - and it will be perfect. So glad to participate.

    September 2018
  • Pearl Gluck

    Wonderful experience... and totally worth the tiny plane ride to Mason City! Added bonus: Mason City is home to Frank Lloyd Wright's Park Inn Hotel...

    September 2018
  • Brian Maurer

    The festival had some great selections, and the integration of venues in the two neighboring cities was a great way to reach a greater audience. Networking was great, and the programmers and festival staff were great. It's a growing, passionate fest. And the programmers truly care about the films, the filmmakers, and the ability to share in it all with everyone. I'd certainly recommend the fest!

    September 2018