The Snake Alley Festival of Film is dedicated to showcasing the best short films from around the world. Films will screen at the beautifully restored Capitol Theater in the heart of downtown Burlington, Iowa. The theater boasts state of the art equipment and can comfortably seat more than 400 people.

A town with a rich history dramatically situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Burlington is a growing center for commerce and culture. Known for fine dining, vibrant nightlife and blues-like atmosphere, it is a perfect host city for a film festival.

The festival derives its name from Snake Alley, a street constructed in 1884 and designed to connect an upscale residential neighborhood to the business district of downtown Burlington. Named by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as “The Crookedest Street in the World,” it remains the city’s #1 tourist attraction and draws visitors from around the world.

Awards & Prizes

An Iron and wood sculpture for Best of the Fest, The Audience Choice, Best Iowa Film and The Directors Award for outstanding performance.
Additional prizes for the winners of each category.

Rules & Terms

Snake Alley Festival of Film is dedicated to showcasing the best short from around the world with a strong emphasis on story.
All films must be 45 minutes or less.
All parties and events are open to festival pass holders. Marketing material must be provided a week in advance. Additional screeners may be needed for press packets. Foreign and domestic films will compete in the best of the fest category, and may the best film win!

13 Reviews

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    Michael Helgens

    Outstanding film festival at the most beautiful theatre!

    April 2017
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    JoJo Johnson

    This festival ranks very highly in hospitality and all around good nature. It's no wonder so many filmmakers look forward to returning every year and are welcomed back with so much anticipation!

    February 2017
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    Charles Klein

    Great fest! Cool theater and well attended.

    February 2017
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    Insane Mike Saunders

    Outstanding film festival at the most beautiful theatre!

    December 2016
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    Cameron McCasland

    Festival was great in communication. Happy to have been a part of it.

    August 2016