Voted one of the top 50 Film Festivals worth the Submission Fee in 2016 AND 2017 by MovieMaker Magazine, the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world, with a strong emphasis on discovering and encouraging new talent. In recognition of the time and talent of the independent filmmaker, awarding over $30,000 in cash and benefits, including a $10,000 Best of the Fest award.

With the majority of events located on Main Street downtown Dubuque; Filmmakers, Attendees and Special Guests are able to attend numerous screenings and special. We encourage and schedule networking opportunities.

As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

**Over $30,000 in cash and benefits to be awarded**

$10,000 Best of the Fest (Includes Shorts, Features and Documentaries)
$ 3,000 Best Domestic Narrative Feature
$ 3,000 Best Narrative Feature
$ 2,000 Best Short (3 - 20 min length)
$ 2,000 Best Short (21 - 49 min length)


1) All decisions of programmers and jurors are final. All entries will be viewed and given equal consideration.
3) All submitted materials must include the FilmFreeway tracking number and additional information as listed in the General Rules.
4). Press Kit materials as listed above will be sent only upon notification of Officially Selected. The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY of marketing and promotion if proper press kit materials are not sent after notification as deemed in the General Rules. It is the sole responsibility of the Filmmaker to send all materials listed.
5) Notification date is on or around March 15, 2018.
6). If selected as an Official Selection, projects are to be uploaded to the designated JDIFF FTP site. One (1) screening copy must be sent on a DVD/Bluray and/or thumb-drive (thumb-drive preferred).
7) JDIFF reserves the right to select films from the entire pool of submissions.
8) There are no restrictions on premiere or distribution status, but films may not have been completed prior to January 1, 2016.
10) JDIFF does consider works in progress.
11) All entered films grant the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival a non exclusive limited use agreement to use selected portions of films chosen for competition, and or use film promotional materials to promote the festival including the rights to utilize any excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at JDIFF for promotional purposes and/or on JDIFF's website. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property.
12) JDIFF does not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials. Please do not send us any original copies, master copies, the only copy you have, etc.
13). By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, you certify that you hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film and have read the regulations.
14). Dates and guidelines subject to change without prior notice.
15). *Flights for nominees are reimbursed or booked up to $500.00. International flights are reimbursed or booked up to $650.00.
16). Nominees must be in attendance to receive prize. If you are not able to attend, you will be disqualified. Except for Best of the Fest. This category is chosen and announced at the festival.

Thank you and happy submitting!

Overall Rating
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    MT Garvey

    Julien Dubuque is a filmmaker's dream. Run by true film lovers, communication was excellent we were kept up to date at every stage.

    Unfortunately we couldn't make it in person but our film was screened twice and we were in great company with an excellent programme.

    Get submitting, this is a very special festival!

    Thanks so much from team Atlantic (Ireland)!

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much! Hopefully you can attend in 2018!!

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    Josh Doke

    I can't say enough great things about this festival. It was well organized, well run, and just a great networking experience from start to finish. Highly recommend.

    June 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Josh! Looking forward to seeing you again!

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    Angela Shelton

    I absolutely LOVED coming to Dubuque, Iowa. This festival is how festivals should be, the venues are super close, you are able to walk the lovely streets with fellow filmmakers and audiences. Susan, who runs the festival, is so hands-on, helpful and fun. I loved all the volunteers too and I can't wait to come back!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Awe... Thanks Angela for the kind words! It was great meeting you here...(from Susan)..

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    Wine Diamonds

    We have a special place in our heart for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. In 2016 they hosted an "audience test" special event for our film and we learned a lot and had a great time. In 2017 we entered our film and though we weren't part of the competition we were invited to screen our completed documentary film. Thanks to Susan and her team of volunteers for the wonderful experience. Cheers!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    We love Wine Diamonds! It was great having you screen here (and the attendees loved sampling the wine..LOL)

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    Vasily Chuprina

    Great festival in a very lovely place on the Mississippi! Everything was perfectly organized, interesting program, nice people. I really enjoyed the time spent in Dubuque, thanks a lot to all the crew members!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    It was wonderful meeting you here Vasily! I do hope you are able to come again!