Our festival is contained within the luxurious Merrill Hotel & Conference Center(www.themerrill.com). This will give you an opportunity to enjoy a 4 diamond hotel right on the Mississippi river and convenient access to the screenings and downtown amenies. You can enter this year's special "MIFF Code" to get a substantial room rate discount.
We are adding a new screening room for 2019, which will allow simultaneous projections and the ability to accept even more films. The films will screen on the 6th floor, overlooking the river in either the elegant Grand Ballroom Theater or the cozy, yet stately "Clemmons Room".
The after parties feature upscale appetizers and first-rate hospitality. We also are adding an exclusive VIP room for filmmaker's (included in their submission fee) and attendees who purchase those passes.
MIFF is intended to be a showcase of Short Films and is designed to encourage and acknowledge the creative efforts involved with respect to this genre. We are relatively new to the film festival circuit, so we are able to accept and screen a large portion of entries that get submitted, while keeping our costs down through sponsorships, community support, and efficient budgeting.
A unique feature of our festival is the infamous "M&M AWARD" (Murder, Mayhem, and More). This film block will NOT be family friendly due to adult content... but that isn't always a bad thing.
We are also debuting the "Micro-Short" Category. Telling a story in under 4 minutes is no easy task, but sometimes more is indeed less.
MIFF is very supportive of local/regional artists, as evidenced by the BEST IOWA MADE AWARD. It is hoped that providing an awards venue will inspire their creativity and innovative artistic media. This event is also an effort to provide Midwest residents and visiting artists with an engaging weekend of entertainment.
If you can't make it to the festival, you will be happy to know that we award a BEST OF SHOW laurel/designation that aspires not to discriminate between films with or without filmmakers in attendance. We don't mail you a trophy, but you do get a prestigious accolade to add to your credentials, along with a captive audience of filmmakers and enthusiasts that will appreciate your efforts.
Accepted filmmakers who attend will receive passes that include free admission to all film blocks, the VIP ROOM, and the red carpet/after-parties, along with a souvenir t-shirt. The after-parties are going to be 'Inspiring', and visiting Muscatine will be a unique chance to experience the charm of a Midwest River Town. Also, consdidering you can stay the night in the same building as the festival, you will really want to consider making it an overnighter in Iowa.
Visit our website for additional information and photos: www.MuscatineFilmFest.com.
Best Short Film - ("Grand Jury Prize" - Must be present to win)
Best Short Film ("Best of Show" - Regional/National/International Films)
Best Micro-Short Film (Under 4 Minutes)
Best Iowa Made Short Film
Best Local Film
Best Student Film
Murder/Mayhem (The Infamous "M&M Award")
Distinctive Achievement Certificates:
(Categories may include Cinematography, Music/Sound Design, Screenplay, Iowa Film Making/Acting , 1st Time Filmmaker, & Student Film Making.)
- We are looking for short films under 20 minutes in total running time, including credits, however we will also consider longer films and docs (up to 45 minutes in length).
- All entries are eligible for the Viewer's Choice award.
- Films must have been produced within 3 years of this year's event.
- "Best Local Films" are those produced by current residents of the Greater Muscatine area (40 mile radius of 52761, including the Quad Cities).
- Accepted entries will need to promptly deliver their presentation media.
- Digital HD files (1080p/720p) are the preferred format for accepted entries, made accessible via download.
- All attending award recipients will receive a trophy and/or certificate.
- We don't ship trophies to international destinations.
- We don't mail out the certificates (must be present).
- Attending filmmakers will receive 2 "VIP" passes and a swag bag with souvenir shirt.
Response from festival:
Thanks for coming to Muscatine! Our festival will grow each year, so it won't be 'little' next year. Your film was indeed eligible for the Best Iowa Film, but was also honored as an upgraded 'grand jury award eligible' contestant. Only 8 films were selected to be judged by the on-site panel. As you can see, your film was nominated, so made it into the top 5... Congrats! https://muscatinefilmfest.com/2018-nominations/