BREAKING NEWS!!! MIFF is going to be moving to new headquarters.. in the brand new Merrill Hotel, located in downtown Muscatine!... This will truly take our festival to the next level. However, our new venue won't be available until 2018, so we are postponing the 5th Annual event until next year.. please add us to your watch list, as you will definitely want to be a part of this event!

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.

MIFF is very receptive to COMEDIES!... We have a special award for this category and would love to screen short films that engage audiences in humorous ways. We will have a special comedy film block and after party that truly showcases this genre.

A unique feature of our festival is the infamous "M&M AWARD" (Murder & Mayhem). This film block will NOT be family friendly... but that isn't always a bad thing.

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 and the red carpet/after-parties, along with a souvenir t-shirt and poster. 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... so consider making it an overnighter in Iowa.

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film - ("Grand Jury Prize" - Must be present to win)
Best Short Film ("Best of Show" - National/International Films)
Best Iowa Made Short Film
Best Comedy
Murder/Mayhem (The Infamous "M&M Award")
Best Music Video
Best Student Film
LuckLove Productions Best Local Film
Viewer's Choice
Best Story/Screenplay*
- All attending category winners will receive a trophy and MIFF gear (back pack, sling bag, gear duffle, etc.)
Distinctive Achievement Certificates
(Categories will include Cinematography, Music/Sound Design, Screenwriting/Storyline*, Production/Art Design, Short Film - Iowa, and Acting - Iowa. )
*The Winner of the "Best Story/Screenwriting" category will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A resource for listing your scripts so that producers and reps can find you.

Rules & Terms

- We are looking for short films under 16 minutes in total running time, including credits, however we will also consider longer films (up to 30 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 MIFF gear item (back/sling pack, gear bag, etc.)
- Attending filmmakers will receive "VIP" passes and a swag bag with long-sleeved shirt, souvenir thermal mug, and 2 beverage vouchers.

5 Reviews

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    Liam McTaggart

    it was a good time. some genuine people and good films. would go again

    March 2017
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    Jeff Vande Zande

    Did not get to attend, but they had great communication!

    March 2017
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    Giulio Ciancamerla

    Though I didn't get to attend the Festival, comunications were great!
    I could see the photos of the events and looked very nice.
    It was a pleasure to have been selected for this festival!
    Highly Recommended!

    November 2016
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    Anita George

    What a wonderful opportunity! Great hospitality for our film and those of our team lucky enough to attend in person. I would highly recommend the Muscatine Independent Film Festival to other filmmakers.

    November 2016
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    Hugo Matz

    I love this film festival! My films have screened at MIFF two different years and I love it. I'm from Dallas, Texas but I happily go to Muscatine, Iowa for this one fest. Great people, very welcoming! I highly recommend it.

    November 2016