We will have a NEW VENUE/THEATER for our 2022 event. This means we are truly stepping it up a notch! This will include shuttle service to and from the hotel/after party, on-site beverage/concessions, large screen, in a theater setting.

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 a relatively smaller festival (growing each year), so we are able to accept a large portion of entries that get submitted, while keeping our costs down through sponsorships, community support, and efficient budgeting.

New this year, we are including a "Best Music Video" showcase that will be a part of the entertainment for the Awards Ceremony. MIFF is very musically orientated film festival, as we feel that sound plays a vital role in storytelling and emotional communciation. Music and the artists that make it, will be a large part of the 2020 MIFF experience. We are currently planning a short-format rock opera to be including during the after-party.

A unique feature of our festival is the "Micro-Short" Category. Telling a story in under 4 minutes is no easy task, but sometimes more is indeed less.

The infamous "M&M AWARD" (Murder, Mayhem, and More) category is always a hit on Friday nights. This film block will NOT be family friendly due to some adult content... but that isn't always a bad thing.

The screenings occur in the newly upgraded Black Box Theater on the MCC Campus. The after-parties and awards occur in downtown Muscatine, where we provide great opportunities to network at the River's Edge Event Loft. The awards venue is the perfect setting for the climax of this event. We stock up the VIP room and provide entertainment to make sure your participation in MIFF was well worth the trip.

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 Music Video
Best Micro-Short Film (Under 4 Minutes)
Best Iowa Made Short Film
Best Local Film
Best Student Film
Best Sci-Fi (Experimental)
Best Comedy
Murder/Mayhem (The Infamous "M&M Award")
Viewer's Choice
Distinctive Achievement Certificates:
(Categories may include Cinematography, Music/Sound Design, Soundtrack, Screenplay, Iowa Film Making/Acting , 1st Time Filmmaker, & Student Film Making.)

- We tend to preference short films under 20 minutes in total running time, including credits, however we will also consider longer films.
- All entries are eligible for the Viewer's Choice award.
-You only need to enter one category, but you will be considered for any relevant awards.
- 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 (35 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.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival and people. They love film and their community. Always great to see your work with caring people that know how to party!

    December 2019
  • P. Sam Kessie

    Great little festival! Good programming for some great categories. Very supportive staff.

    November 2019
  • Kevin Isaacson

    We had so much fun at this festival. There were a lot of quality films and great Q&A sessions. There were a good number of filmmakers in attendance which really made this enjoyable and provided for a lot of networking opportunities. The hosts did a tremendous job in making us feel welcome and pulling off an entertaining event.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    thanks, with your support we should be able to tweak a few things and make it even better next year.

  • I was very impressed with the MIFF. First , the festival is well attended by the members of the Muscatine community, as well as fellow filmmakers. The festival is well organized and the promoters even catered food for those attending the event. The final block of films is judge by a live panel which speaks to the integrity of their judging system. At the awards event, we were abel to establish some valuable connections and exchange ideas with other filmmakers. I was pleasantly surprised by the presence of a passionate filmmaking community in Muscatine, IA. The MIFF were very welcoming to us and other filmmakers and I will be submitting (and hopefully attending) future films to MIFF.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the thoughtful review, it was great to connect a bit at the festival and I look forward to seeing future submissions and/or possibly collaborating. Chad

  • John Gigrich

    I wish I could have attended this year, but even so I'm really impressed with the festival from afar. Hopefully we'll see you next year.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    thanks, and yes it would be nice to meet you after all these years of submitting to us. our new venue makes it very convenient for overnight stays.