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.

The winning short screenplay will receive the Writer's Block award.

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!

By submitting an entry, Entrant recognizes and accepts their work will be screened without compensation, both during the selection process and once in theater, if selected.

Submitting authorizes the Snake Alley Festival Of Film to use short clips and/or stills of the submitted film in promotional materials for the Snake Alley Festival Of Film, during the year the film was submitted.

All work submitted to the Snake Alley Film Festival will be digitized and made available on a secure site for the festival judges to review.

Entrant agrees to the Official Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold the Snake Alley Festival Of Film Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Project Indemnitees"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Project Indemnitees due to or arising out of the Entrant's Entry materials in this Project, or the Entrant's conduct during and in connection with this Project, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation.

Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Snake Alley Festival Of Film and Associated Parties from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of the Snake Alley Festival Of Film or the Associated Parties infringes on the rights of Entrant's work as contained in any Entry.

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    Rahman Mani

    Great communication and important festival to be a part of. It was truly a wonderful experience and well worth the submission. It is an amazing platform for Independent Film makers.

    July 2017
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    Andrew Littlefield

    Fantastic festival that's well organized. The venue couldn't get any better. Highly recommend to any independent filmmakers.

    July 2017
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    Ray Chao

    Great festival. Cannot say enough about the fine folks with SNAFF. The audiences are very enthusiastic, and the festival is run extremely well. Definitely an honor to be part of the SNAFF.

    July 2017
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    Nate Jones

    Was not able to attend, but was glad to have the opportunity to send promo materials for my project.

    July 2017
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    Eric Hyde

    Very friendly festival. Great communication. Wish they could have provided a small portion of the travel costs for driving there - we both shared financial concerns at the time. Though I was unable to attend, I am happy that my short film was well received. A big boost for the morality of our team. Thank you, Snake Alley, for the award! Hope to return with another film in the near future!

    July 2017